Elon Musk Talks Electric Aircrafts and Mars with MIT

Elon Musk sat down with the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department to talk SpaceX, Mars, electric aircrafts and Tesla at the MIT Centennial Symposium.


  • Long term ambition of SpaceX is to build rocket technology that would help establish a self-sustaining city on Mars.
  • SpaceX will continue to advance rocket technology with the goal of building reusable rockets versus traditional single-use rockets.
  • Musk discusses the interesting challenge of power generation on Mars which can come in the form of a nuclear reactor or solar generation.
  • Musk emphasizes the importance of having a self-sustaining colony on Mars in order to create a back-up/redundancy of humanity by having multi-planetary life.
  • Musk believes that electric aircraft transportation is very possible and can benefit from a streamlined design using something similar to a Gimbal fan for propulsion.
  • 200 Gigafactories needed to replace the number of gas burning vehicles worldwide.
  • Tesla Supercharger network expansion is the primary goal, followed by retrofitting select Superchargers with solar panels and batteries for energy storage.
  • Musk talks Hyperloop design with one MIT student.
  • Musk believe that Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be a threat to humanity in the future if not careful. In Musk’s own words, AI is “our biggest existential threat.”

Source: MIT.edu

Audio length: 1:23 hr



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