It isn’t clear yet if Elon Musk simply doesn’t have a filter and says the first thing that comes to his mind or if everything he says is a carefully designed smoke grenade to attract attention away from the 15 ongoing fires that he keeps having to put out.
Let’s Go to Mars
Case in point: in an interview with CBS News, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk not only said that we could land an unmanned vehicle on the moon in two years but also that we will be able to send people to Mars in four years.
It should also be mentioned that he proceeded his comment by saying:
“Well, this is gonna sound pretty crazy…”
As if Elon Musk ever needs to precede anything he says with that phrase.
SpaceX Projects Have a Tendency to Explode
Let’s just review a few failures regarding SpaceX, and these are just through part of 2016 from inception.
Meanwhile, SpaceX’s Starhopper – a small-scale spacecraft – blew up during a test just this past week.
The problem with strapping people into large rockets is that these rockets have a tendency to explode in bad ways. If Elon Musk is so convinced we can get to Mars in four years, I think he should be the first person to go.
Memo to Elon Musk: electrical tape is not an approved piece of equipment aboard a rocket capable of incinerating everything within its blast radius.
This may be gilding the lily, but there is no way in hell that SpaceX is going to the moon or Mars anytime soon.
Let’s Cheer On Real Visionaries
The more likely candidates to achieve these goals are Virgin Galactic via Richard Branson, who actually delivers amazing products that work and have extraordinary brand loyalty and value, and Blue Origin from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
Unlike Elon Musk, Richard Branson is a true visionary who actually executes on his big ideas. Richard Branson’s Virgin brands have disrupted countless industries. Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Trains, Virgin Mobile phones, and Virgin America are all companies that have recorded extraordinary successes.
I would buy stock in Virgin Galactic before I put a dime into Tesla stock. Richard Branson has a track record that is incredibly impressive.
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) July 19, 2019
Jeff Bezos is also a visionary who has successfully executed on countless ventures.
Blue Origin successfully fired its BE-7 rocket engine, which is needed to land on the moon, for a full six minutes. Were it Musk’s project, it probably would’ve exploded.