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SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants satellites made in Seattle to reach Mars


Dreams and passion are the two key driving forces every one of us needs to nurture inside; to achieve success in any aspect of life. Elon Musk probably believes it equally. His world is full of wishes and ambitions; right from giving a great boost to his Seattle office for launching satellites to the making of women friendly electric sport-utility vehicles. He has them all in his mind.

Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX, the first commercial rocket-maker to deliver cargo to the International Space Station was founded by Elon Musk. In an interview with Bloomberg News, this 43 years old billionaire candidly revealed his plans and prospects. He expressed his desire to settle a lawsuit the U.S. Air Force over satellite launch contracts.

And Musk has greater dreams to chase on; he wants to witness human establishment on Mars, one day. To pursue this goal, two things remain important. The first is to generate more revenues, and the second is to know the technical details and both can be achieved through the commercial satellite business, Musk added.

We’re going to try and do for satellites what we’ve done for rockets,” Musk said from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., predicting the company’s Seattle engineering office will ultimately employ “several hundred people, maybe a thousand people.”

Bloomberg News reported about his upcoming Seattle visits on coming Friday. Musk said the office will grow faster and he is also planning to hire some top notch rocket engineers soon. His immediate intention is to build and launch smaller satellites with latest advanced technology. Based on the report by The Seattle Times, Musk’s visit in Seattle coincides with the arrival of SpaceX’s breathtaking discovery Dragon spacecraft which will be on display at the Museum of Flight Saturday through Monday.

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In May, 2012, Dragon spacecraft with 24 feet height and 12 feet in diameter became the first ever private commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. In the same Bloomberg News interview, Musk also talked about his other brainchild TESLA. Lot of changes is expected to happen there too. The vehicle will have advanced autonomous-driving features and will be loved by women.

“The X will have a step beyond what we’re currently shipping on the autonomous front,” Musk said. “There are the whole bunch of things about the X that have not been revealed,” he was quoted saying. SpaceX wants to expand its business with the U.S. government beyond NASA missions and wants to vie for some of the $70 billion the Pentagon may spend on satellite launches through 2030.

SpaceX sued the Air Force with the accusation of creating an illegal monopoly for satellite launches. Musk concluded saying he’s “hopeful” a settlement can be reached.

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