Elon Musk, the billionaire tech-entrepreneur has revolutionized transportation, both on earth and in space. From successfully launching Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket, to bringing fully electric vehicles to the mass market, one would think Musk has checked every box on his list. But there is no stopping the tech giant.
From designing and overseeing the manufacturing of spacecraft and advanced rockets at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), responsible for the engineering and architect of electric vehicles and solar roofs at Tesla, and now developing implantable brain-computer interfaces at Neuralink, Elon Musk has his hands full all the time.
With the number of ambitious projects Elon Musk has attached himself to and the number of opportunities wrapped around him, it seems like the future is going to get a lot busier for him.
Here are a number of goals he has set himself to achieve by 2030.
One of the biggest goals of SpaceX is to colonize Mars by 2024. They are planning to send supply ships to Mars and later building an entire spaceport, a self-sustaining city and then finally a planet which they will ‘geoengineer’ to make it as similar to Earth. The estimated costs of transporting one person to Mars stands at $10 billion but can be lowered to $100,000 making it a financially suitable alternative for many individuals over the globe. And if everything works according to the plan, SpaceX’s proposed Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) will begin its flights to Mars by 2024.
Sending a manned mission to Mars
To get to Mars, SpaceX has laid out a strategy through which they plan to materialize in the next 5 years. This involves building a spacecraft measuring 400 feet and sending a reusable rock to refuel mid-air. Currently, under construction, BFR or the Big Fucking Rocket will be launched in 2022 which will replace the company’s Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon. The BFR will be used to launch satellites and will also be capable of delivering cargo to Mars. The design is large enough to carry around 100 people and also carry plenty of equipment. The rocket will be reusable and will help in reducing costs for space travel.
All US cars to go autonomous by 2027
Another goal set by Elon Musk is to make driverless cars fully operational by 2027. Even though the launch of unmanned cars will come in to effect in 2019, they wouldn’t necessarily be commercialized due to regulations. But according to him in 3 years time, self-driving capabilities will become better than human drivers. Tesla cars already have this feature installed on them but it been disabled by the company due to strict regulations.
Commercial sale of Solar City solar roof and battery systems
Solar City is owned by Elon Musk’s cousins and it designs and manufactures solar systems for residential homes and businesses. Being the Chairman of Solar City, Musk plans to manufacture battery systems as well as solar roofs. As for the battery systems, Tesla has already launched the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery which is now powering Australia’s power grid. The battery system is connected to a wind farm and has the capacity to supply 30,000 homes per hour.
Hyperloop tunnel from Washington DC to New York City
The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s infrastructure firm has received a go-ahead from the government. The tunnel will facilitate a 29-minute journey from New York to DC. The permit issued allows for digging and preliminary tests on the site which is at 53 New York Avenue NE in Washington DC – close to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This Hyperloop tunnel is also expected to connect DC and Baltimore. The Boring Company has already planned to open up a similar tunnel in Los Angeles.
Fixing damaged brain cells
Through Neuralink, Musk’s neuro-technology company, he plans to fix disability and treating neurological ailments. His plan is to bring this technology into effect in the next 4 years. According to experts, theoretically, this could work but not in the expected time frame Musk has planned. The technology will repair disabilities like brain lesions as well as strokes, treating blind patients and also help regain bodily functions.
This technology will also help humans to interact with devices around them. Neuralink will create chips installed in the human brain which will create a storage capacity and increase our processing power.
Manufacturing 1 million Tesla cars by 2020
Currently, Tesla only produces 100,000 cars per year but they are planning to increase the number to 1 million by 2020 with the major demand coming from his Model 3 production line. Since its unveiling in March 2017, the Model 3 sedan has garnered a lot of attention.
Musk said “The company has excelled at design and technology, but a new premium was being placed on manufacturing. The key thing we need to achieve in the future is to also be the leader in manufacturing, It’s the thing we obviously have to solve if we are going to scale and scale profitably.”