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.

SpaceX competing for U.S. launches

HAWTHORNE, Calif., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Space Exploration Technologies plans to compete for U.S. Department of Defense space launches, the company announced.

SpaceX launches rocket in successful test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched into orbit Friday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, opening what could be a new era of private space flight.

Failed rocket launch disappoints experts

HAWTHORNE, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The founder of a privately funded space transportation company in California says he is disappointed by its third consecutive failed rocket launch.

Mogul breaks ground on Fla. spaceport

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Space Exploration Technologies has broken ground on a commercial launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

New satellite launch attempt crashes

MAJURO, Marshall Islands, March 25 (UPI) -- An attempt to launch an experimental rocket with a U.S. Air Force Academy satellite on board was destroyed a minute after takeoff. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX's Falcon 1 was designed to be a low-cost satellite launcher but officials sa

Space Watch: History's moment of truth

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- The next five years will determine, for good or ill, the future of U.S. manned space exploration for decades to come. More significant, a confluence of forces will accelerate that process.

Space Watch: A shrinking, timid industry

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- The May 2 announcement by Boeing and Lockheed Martin to form a joint venture to build and launch rockets for the United States government is another sign the established sector of the American rocket industry continues to shrink and stagnate.

Space Race 2: Falcon taking wing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- A series by UPI exploring the people, passions and business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: Several firms are vying to develop low-cost, rapid-response launch vehicles for the military that also could fuel explosive growth in the private spa

Space Race 2: New rules for space tourists

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A series by UPI exploring the people, the passions and the business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: With the first commercial passenger spaceflights expected before the next presidential election, the U.S. government weighed in last week wit

Space Race 2: New life for old pads

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A series by UPI exploring the people, passions and business of sub-orbital spaceflight. This week: A new company has moved to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Complex 41. Upstart Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, owned by Internet entrepreneur

Space Race 2: Bezos and life beyond Amazon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A series by UPI exploring the people, passions and business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: For years, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has been laboring in secret at his Seattle headquarters on a space-related project known only as Blue Origin

Space Race 2: Rest in space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A series by UPI exploring the people, passions and business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: Going into the funeral business was not exactly what Charlie Chafer and a team of commercial space pioneers had in mind when they sketched plans, rai

Space Race 2: Half-price rockets

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The hubbub over a $10 million prize for a pair of private manned spaceflights is over, with a quiet electronic transfer of funds into the bank account of Mojave

Brazil in Space: Pushing to be a player

BRASILIA, Brazil, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Part 2 of 5. For years, Brazil has aspired to possess the world's first international commercial spaceport. Now, with the help of the Ukrainians, that dream may come true.
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Elon Musk
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

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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