OnInnovation would like to congratulate to one its featured innovators, Elon Musk!.Yesterday, at 10:43 AM EST, Musk’s Space X Dragon spacecraft took off from the Launch 40 complex at Cape Canaveral. The craft entered a successful low-earth orbit and returned to Earth to make an on-target soft landing in the Pacific.
The Dragon spacecraft was unmanned this morning but is capable of carrying astronauts. The expectation is that eventually SpaceX will use the platform to carry people and supplies to the International Space Station. Phil McCalister, Director of Commercial spaceflight development at NASA, told the Associated Press today that “Getting this far, this fast, has been a remarkable achievement,” and that the achievement was, “Very, very difficult.”
Musk funded the endeavor from his sale of PayPal in October 2002. Musk views space exploration as an important step in expanding—if not preserving—the consciousness of human life.
Oninnovation had the chance to talk with Musk this past year about his values in business, innovation, and the future.