This guy is on the cutting edge of private space travel. Right up there with Richard Branson. But let us not forget this dude is a rich (and smart) man who no doubt believes, like all very smart men, that what he believes is the only way to succeed. He’s an important guy, and maybe not even a bad guy, but let’s not fall head over heels in love with him.
This, by the way, is exactly why I worry so much about space: media, capitalism, power, money. It’s all so interconnected that you really need to think and ask yourself who’s in charge and whether or not those people will keep us from talking about what matters. Now, I’m not talking conspiracies or anything. I’m just saying that the media, and any kind of corporate-run journalism, is not really giving it to you straight. And Elon Musk is part of that whole shabang. I’m sure the media sees him as an opportunity to make money, “test him out,” see if he can get people to find space interesting (clicks=ad revenue), but at the end of the day it’s all just bullshit because nobody’s talking about what we need to talk about: how gets to be in charge of what we as a species will do in space?