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Tesla Motors pays off $452 million owed to U.S. government

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 22 (UPI) -- Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Wednesday it has sent $452 million to the U.S. Department of Energy to pay off a loan it took out three years ago.

Fwd.us draws criticism from defector Musk

SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 (UPI) -- Prominent Silicon Valley businessman Elon Musk said the political group Fwd.us was going about its support of immigration reform the wrong way.
Time magazine announces 100 most influential list

Time magazine announces 100 most influential list

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Rapper Jay-Z, tennis star Li Na and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are on Time magazine's list of the world's most 100 most influential people, announced Thursday.

Gore critical of American leadership

AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 (UPI) -- Former Vice President Al Gore offered a harsh critique of American governance in a speech at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Musk: 'I'd like to die on Mars'

AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 (UPI) -- SpaceX founder Elon Musk told the crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Texas Saturday said he'd like to fly to Mars before he dies.

Thrusters on Dragon working properly

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 2 (UPI) -- All of the thrusters on Dragon spacecraft launched by private U.S. company SpaceX are now working properly, officials said.
Space station mission fixes orbit problem

Space station mission fixes orbit problem

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- NASA says a Dragon capsule that experienced problems in orbit after its launch from Florida Friday morning atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is now back to normal.

Tesla wins coveted Car of the Year

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Motor Trend said that without reservation the magazine's Car of the Year for 2013 is the Tesla Model S, an all-electric car made in California.

SpaceX to resupply space station

HAWTHORNE, Calif., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- SpaceX is ready to launch a Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., the first of 12 cargo missions to the International Space Station, company officials said.

SpaceX tests new engine in Texas

MCGREGOR, Texas, June 26 (UPI) -- U.S. commercial space company SpaceX says it has successfully tested the next-generation rocket engine for its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets.
SpaceX faces tricky tests in launch to ISS

SpaceX faces tricky tests in launch to ISS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- A private spacecraft set for launch faces a series of tests and maneuvers before it will be allowed to dock with the International Space Station, officials say.
SpaceX announces mission launch delay

SpaceX announces mission launch delay

HAWTHORNE, Calif., April 24 (UPI) -- Space Exploration Technologies says it needs an additional week to prepare for its trial run to the International Space Station, pushing the launch into June.
SpaceX names safety panel

SpaceX names safety panel

HAWTHORNE, Calif., March 29 (UPI) -- Commercial space company SpaceX says an independent panel of former NASA astronauts and officials will oversee its efforts to develop safe human spaceflight.
Private rocket assembled for space launch

Private rocket assembled for space launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- A private spaceship is close to heading to the International Space Station as SpaceX's Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket have been joined, the company says.

SpaceX tests capsule engines

MCGREGOR, Texas, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- SpaceX says it has successfully test fired its SuperDraco engine, which will provide its Dragon spacecraft with maneuvering and escape capabilities.
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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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