Elon Reeve Musk, the 45 year old South African- born business magnate, investor, engineer and inventor seems to barely go a day without pushing for some ground breaking, revolutionary tech development.
Musk is at the forefront of some of the most futuristic technology developments with the likes of SpaceX, Tesla Motors, Hyperloop and more.
Should all of his ventures pay off and be a success he will likely be remembered as one of the most important people of our generation.
His projects have been numerous, from his days in the early 2000’s at PayPal to being the largest shareholder in the second largest provider of solar systems in the United States.
Here are five of the most groundbreaking projects that will earn Musk’s place in the history books.
Never one to start small, Musk first conceptualised the “Mars Oasis” idea in 2001, the idea was to land a miniature experimental greenhouse on Mars.
Musk and his colleagues travelled to Moscow to buy refurbished intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) but he soon realised that he could probably build the rockets for less cost than buying them, so he founded SpaceX with the goal of “true space-faring civilisation.”
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) was founded in 2002 and it develops and manufactures space launch vehicles.
Since the early days SpaceX has won a contract with NASA, worth $1.6bn, to carry out 12 flights of the Falcon 0 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.
The company is also one of two to have been awarded a contract by NASA as part of the Commercial Crew Development program, which aims to create a US astronaut transport capability by 2018.
On the 22nd of December 2015, SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon rocket back at the launch pad. This was the first time in history this had been completed, the significance of which is that it could significantly lower the cost of space flights due to having a reusable rocket.
The company is the largest private producer of rocket motors in the world and it also holds the record for highest thrust-to-weight ratio for any known rocket motor.
Elon Musk said: “An asteroid or a super volcano could destroy us, and we face risks the dinosaurs never saw: an engineered virus, inadvertent creation of a micro black hole, catastrophic global warming or some as-yet-unknown technology could spell the end of us.
“Humankind evolved over millions of years, but in the last sixty years atomic weaponry created the potential to extinguish ourselves. Sooner or later, we must expand life beyond this green and blue ball—or go extinct.”