Elon Musk Pt. 1

  • Aired:  07/24/14
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Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talks about his many technological innovations, from high-performance electric cars to reusable rockets. (6:27)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT WAS THEFOUNDER OF PAY PAL, TESLA

AND SPACE X.

I ON THE OTHER HAND ENJOYPIE.

PLEASE WELCOME ELON MUSK.

ELAN THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMINGBACK.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> Stephen: NOW I CAN'TBEGIN TO TELL YOU THE EXCITEMENT

I GET OVER THE THINGS YOUDO.

ALL RIGHT.

TELL PEOPLE, ARE YOU ONE OFTHE FOUNDERS OF PAY PAL.

YOU'RE A SCIENTIST, YOU'REAN INVENTOR.

YOU CREATED THE INITIALCONCEPT FOR SOLAR CITY,

LARGEST PROVIDER OF SOLARPOWER IN THE UNITED STATES,

SPACE X, TESLA AND PAY PAL,ALSO DESIGNED SOMETHING

CALLED THE HYPERLOOP WHICHCAN TRANSPORT RIDERS FROM

L.A. TO SAN FRANCISCO IN 35MINUTES.

AT WHAT POINT-- (APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: AT WHAT POINT DOYOU TIP OVER FROM VISIONARY

TO SUPERVILLAIN?

(LAUGHTER)AND WHERE ARE YOU BUILDING

YOUR SECRET MOUNTAIN LAIR.

>> I'M WONDERING THAT MYSELF,ACTUALLY.

>> Stephen: WHAT I LOVE ABOUTYOU IS THAT YOU SAW THE FUTURE

AS A KID, I IMAGINE, ANDSAID YEAH, LET'S MAKE THAT

HAPPEN.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE THEFUTURE YOU'RE GIVING US IS

THE FUTURE THAT I SAW, I SAWX-MEN ON SATURDAY NIGHT AND

WHEN I WALKED OUT TO MYTESLA BECAUSE I HAVE A

TESLA.

AND IT JUST, IT JUST-- THEDOOR HANDLE CAME OUT, AND I

JUST FELT LIKE IT WAS MYFRIEND.

I SAID I DON'T NEED THE DAMNMOVIE, I'VE GOT A CAR.

>> YEAH, WE KIND OF WANT THECAR TO BE YOUR FRIEND,

ACTUALLY.

IN FACT, WITH THE NEWVERSION OF SOFTWARE COMING

OUT YOU WILL GET TO BE ABLETO NAME YOUR CAR.

LIKE IT'S A PET ORSOMETHING.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WHAT WOULD YOUNAME YOUR CAR.

>> WELL, I ACTUALLY, SINCE IHAVE THE ADVANCED SOFTWARE,

I HAVE NAMED MY CAR.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YEAH, I NAMED IT OLDFAITHFUL

>> Stephen: THAT'S NICE. DON'TNAME IT OLD YELLER

OR YOU'LLHAVE TO SHOOT IT

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: OKAY. LET'S TALKABOUT SPACE X FOR A SECOND.

PEOPLE KNOW YOU ALREADY FROMTESLA.

I WANT TO SHOW A LITTLE BITOF FOOTAGE HERE OF ONE OF

THE TEST FLIGHTS YOU HAVEDONE FOR REUSABLE ROCKETS.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: THAT IS ONE OFTHE MOST BAD ASS THINGS I

HAVE EVER SEEN.

(APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THAT, THAT IS

WHAT WE WERE TOLD ROCKETSWERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO

WHEN I WAS READING ALL OFTHOSE '50s SCIENCE FICTION

BOOKS AS A KID.

>> THAT IS WHAT THEY SHOULDDO.

>> Stephen: WHY IS THAT SOIMPORTANT.

>> THE MAIN THING THAT IT ISIMPORTANT IS THAT WE WANT TO

ACHIEVE FULL REUSABILITY WITHROCKETS.

THE WAY ROCKETS WORK TODAY,THEY ARE SINGLE USE.

AND YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT IFYOU HAD AN AIRCRAFT OR CAR

THAT WAS SINGLE USE, NOTMANY PEOPLE WOULD USE IT

BECAUSE IT WOULD BE TOOEXPENSIVE.

SO WE NEED TO MAKE THEROCKETS COMPLETELY REUSABLE

SUCH THAT YOU JUST NEED TORELOAD PROPELLANT TO FLY

AGAIN.

>> Stephen: THIS SEEMS TO MEIS THE KIND OF ROCKET WE

NEED TO BE ABLE TO GO TOMARS.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE YOUCAN'T GO THERE AND BUILD

ANOTHER ROCKET.

YOU HAVE TO LAND, SUCK SOMEHYDROGEN OUT OF THE WATER

AND SOIL, PACK IT BACK INAND OFF YOU GO.

>> YES.

ACTUALLY, YOU COULDCONCEIVABLY GO TO MARS WITH

AN EXPANDABLE SYSTEM.

BUT YOU WOULD ONLY BE ABLETO SPEND SEND A FEW PEOPLE

MAYBE ON ONE OR TWO MISSIONSAND IN ORDER TO ACTUALLY

ESTABLISH A MARS BASE, THATIS WHERE THE REUSABILITY IS

CRITICAL OTHERWISE IT ISSIMPLY TOO EXPENSIVE.

PEOPLE WON'T BE ABLE TOAFFORD TO MOVE THERE.

>> Stephen: SO MOREIMMEDIATELY THAN GOING TO

MARS, WE'VE GOT TO GET UP TOTHE INTERNATIONAL SPACE

STATION.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: AND THE RUSKIESSAID NO MORE RIDES FOR YOU,

AMERICANSKIES.

>> I BELIEVE RUSSIA SAIDAMERICA SHOULD USE A

TRAMPOLINE TO GET THERE.

NO JOKE.

THEY DID SAY THAT, KIND OFCRAZY.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE THE ONLYCOMPANY ACTUALLY SENDING

PAYLOADS UP TO THEINTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

RIGHT NOW.

THE ONLY PRIVATE COMPANYDOING THAT.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THECOMPANY THAT IS DOING THAT.

>> SPACE X AND THEN-- ORBITALSCIENCES IS OUR COMPETITOR

FOR-- THEY ALSO TAKE CARGOTO THE SPACE STATION.

>> Stephen: SO OF TWO YOUARE DOING IT.

>> YES, ALTHOUGH WE'RE THEONLY COMPANY THAT BRINGS

STUFF BACK IN TERMS OF CARGOBACK.

>> Stephen: SO IF I WEREGOING TO GO UP, I WOULD WANT

TO GO WITH YOU GUYS.

>> YES, IF YOU WANT THERETURN JOURNEY.

>> Stephen: I DON'T WANT AONE WAY TICKET.

>> RIGHT, RIGHT.

>> Stephen: NOW THAT THERUSSIANS HAVE SAID THEY'RE

TO THE GOING TO GIVE USRIDES ANY MORE, HOW GOOD IS

THAT FOR YOU.

CAN YOU STEP UP AND TAKEOVER FOR ITS MANNED FLIGHTS?

>> I MEAN, ARGUABLY, WITHENEMIES LIKE THAT, WHO NEEDS

FRIENDS.

BUT YEAH, I SUPPOSE RUSSIAIS BEING HELPFUL, YEAH-- .

>> Stephen: DID YOU THINK ABOUTSPENDING THEM SOME FLOWERS,.

>> SURE.

>> Stephen: HOW LONG BEFOREYOU ARE SENDING MEN UP OR

WOMEN.

>> YEAH, SO WE-- WE HOPE TOBE SENDING PEOPLE UP IN

ABOUT 2 TO 3 YEARS WITH DRAGONVERSION 2, THE

SPACECRAFT IS ABLE TO LANDPROPULSIVELY AND WITH

PRECISION.

>> Stephen: LIKE THAT THINGJUST DID.

>> YEAH, SIMILAR TO THATALTHOUGH IT HAS 8 SIDE

MOUNTED THRUSTERS AND USESDIFFERENTIAL THROTTLING FOR

CONTROL INSTEAD OF THE MAINENGINE.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T HAVETO TELL ME

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: CAN YOU HANG ON

A SECOND?

I WANT TO TALK MORE HERE FORA SECOND.

WE HAVE TO TAKE A COMMERCIALBREAK.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITHMORE FROM ELON MUSK.

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