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Elon Musk is making serious progress with his space rocket company and we’ve got a peek at the rocket he launched this week.Musk, known in the Valley as a co-founder of PayPal, is bringing Valley ingenuity to some pretty hard human problems: sustainable transportation, and space vehicles to turn us into “a multi planet species,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg West.
Yesterday, his company Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), launched a mission to send a rocket to the international space station. It’s the first commercial vehicle to try and Musk only gave it 60% to 70% chance of succeeding.
But this guy didn’t think either SpaceX or his other company, Tesla, would succeed either. Tesla makes electric sports cars. Musk isn’t a gambler, but says, “If something’s important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”
So he dumped $100 million of his own money into SpaceX. So far, SpaceX has 38 flights booked and over $4 billion in orders from telecos, broadcasters and governments, Bloomberg says.