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SpaceX unveils Dragon V2 manned space capsule

SpaceX unveils Dragon V2 manned space capsule

HAWTHORNE, Calif., June 1 (UPI) --SpaceX's Elon Musk unveiled the company's first manned spacecraft, the Dragon V2 capsule.
Kate Stanton
China's freshest air could soon be inside cars

China's freshest air could soon be inside cars

BEIJING, May 6 (UPI) -- The freshest air in China might soon be inside cars as car makers plan to install internal air purifiers in new models sold in the country.
Aileen Graef
California offers tax breaks to private space companies

California offers tax breaks to private space companies

SACRAMENTO, April 30 (UPI) -- A new California law is offering tax incentives to privates space companies, liberating Elon Musk's SpaceX and others from property tax duties for ten years.
Brooks Hays
Elon Musk, SpaceX suing federal government for opportunity to launch spy satellites

Elon Musk, SpaceX suing federal government for opportunity to launch spy satellites

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- Elon Musk and SpaceX plan to file a federal protest against the Air Force to force a more competitive bidding process for national security launch contracts.
Brooks Hays
Astronauts to grow lettuce on International Space Station

Astronauts to grow lettuce on International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- NASA's Vegetable Production System, VEGGIE, is among the 500 pounds of supplies to be delivered to the International Space Station by SpaceX's Dragon capsule.
Brooks Hays
SpaceX will attempt to return resusable rocket to Earth during ISS resupply mission

SpaceX will attempt to return resusable rocket to Earth during ISS resupply mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 14 (UPI) -- SpaceX to test whether the Falcon 9 rocket is really reusable when it blasts off from Cape Canaveral at 4:58 p.m. EDT on an ISS resupply mission.
Brooks Hays
NASA to send International Space Station android a pair of legs

NASA to send International Space Station android a pair of legs

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Robonaut 2, the robotic astronaut torso aboard the International Space Station, is about to get its first set of legs.
Brooks Hays
Unknown billionaire takes out world's most expensive life insurance policy

Unknown billionaire takes out world's most expensive life insurance policy

March 18 (UPI) -- An unknown Silicon Valley billionaire just purchased the world's most expensive life insurance for $201 million.
Aileen Graef
New York car dealers press for ban on Tesla's direct sales

New York car dealers press for ban on Tesla's direct sales

ALBANY, N.Y., March 14 (UPI) -- New York auto dealers want the state to ban the direct sale of Tesla all-electric cars to shoppers.
SpaceX's Elon Musk chides Senate for paying too much for launches

SpaceX's Elon Musk chides Senate for paying too much for launches

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- Elon Musk accused Congress of wasting money that could be better spent on innovation by vastly overpaying for each space launch.
Gabrielle Levy
Tesla to offer $1.6B in bonds to fund battery factory

Tesla to offer $1.6B in bonds to fund battery factory

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Tesla Motors will issue $1.6 billion in bonds to fund its battery factory, aimed at manufacturing low-cost batteries.
Ananth Baliga

Analysts see battery plant as pivotal to Tesla's future

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Investment analysts said Tesla's imminent plans for a large-scale battery factory will be pivotal to the growth of the electric-car company.
Apple M&A head met Tesla CEO Elon Musk last spring

Apple M&A head met Tesla CEO Elon Musk last spring

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A secret meeting between Apple's M&A head Adrian Perica and Tesla CEO Elon Musk last spring has the industry speculating about the outcome.
Ananth Baliga
Chicago Auto Show, Tesla's cross country trek

Chicago Auto Show, Tesla's cross country trek

The Chicago Auto Show is known as a "consumers" show, and this year it's good to be in the market for a new vehicle.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Tesla stock jumps 16 percent as Musk blasts 'recall'

Tesla stock jumps 16 percent as Musk blasts 'recall'

Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Tesla Motors saw its stock skyrocket 16 percent Tuesday after CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to contest a report that thousands of its vehicles were being recalled and the company announced stronger sales than expected.
Gabrielle Levy
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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) tours the commercial rocket processing facility of Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, along with Elon Musk, SpacdeX CEO at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 15, 2010. President Obama visited the Kennedy Space Center to deliver remarks on the new course the administration is charting to maintain U.S. leadership in human space flight. UPI/Bill Ingalls/NASA
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Elon Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-American engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. According to Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man movies, Musk is the inspiration for his and Robert Downey Jr.'s interpretation of Tony Stark.

Musk was born and raised in South Africa, the son of a South African engineer and a Canadian mother who worked as a New York City dietitian and model. Musk bought his first computer at age 10 and taught himself how to program; by the age of 12 he sold his first commercial software for about $500, a space game called Blastar.

After matriculating at Pretoria Boys High School he left home in 1988 at the age of 17, without his parents' support and in part because of the prospect of compulsory service in the South African military: "I don't have an issue with serving in the military per se, but serving in the South African army suppressing black people just didn't seem like a really good way to spend time." He wanted to move to the US, saying: "It is where great things are possible."

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Elon Musk."
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