Elon Musk is a man who never takes the easy way out. From starting SpaceX in 2002 to pursue his dreams of making humans an interplanetary species, to becoming Tesla’s CEO just before the US financial crisis hit in 2008, Musk and his companies are testaments to the undeterred, relentless pursuit of excellence.
Both Tesla and SpaceX experienced difficulties over the years. SpaceX struggled considerably during the development of the Falcon 1 rocket, and Tesla has faced painful production issues since the days of the original Roadster. The challenges that each company faced have only gotten more daunting over the years. Just as SpaceX struggled with the Falcon 1, so did it hit difficulty after difficulty when it was attempting to land and reuse its Falcon 9 boosters. Tesla, for its part, continued to have issues with production, from the initial rollout of the Model S, the delays of the Model X, and the “production hell” of the Model 3. Elon Musk has felt the pain of these years personally.
SpaceX and Tesla have since experienced growth and progress. SpaceX is currently preparing to send astronauts to the International Space Station through its Crew Dragon capsule, and even more recently, Elon Musk announced that the BFR, the company’s most ambitious project to date, is looking to bring civilians on a trip around the Moon. Tesla, for its part, has steadily established itself as an esteemed maker of premium electric vehicles, ultimately pushing legacy automakers to produce electric cars of their own, such as the upcoming Porsche Taycan.
There is no doubt that Tesla and SpaceX’s journey over the years has been deeply emotional, and it is paved with numerous failures and historic successes. From the first successful landing of a Falcon 9 booster to the now-iconic launch of the Falcon Heavy, to the release and dominance of the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3 in their respective segments in the electric car market, Elon Musk and his teams’ triumphs are undeniable.
These emotions are perfectly captured in a tribute video by film editor Chris Collins, who came up with a spec featuring the highlights of Tesla and SpaceX over the years. The spec, which is just over two minutes long, captures the raw emotion of the two companies’ uphill journey, as well as Elon Musk’s relentless drive and his refusal to give up despite his numerous failures. Overall, the spec is an ode to Musk and his companies, and their determination to always push the envelope forward.
Watch Chris Collins’ spec on Tesla, SpaceX, and Elon Musk in the video below.