Elon Musk

  • Aired:  07/28/10
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Elon Musk wants to carry people to the space station, but there will be an extra surcharge to bring them back. (5:24)

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS CO-FOUNDER

OF THE ELECTRIC CAR COMPANY

TESLA MOTORS.

I HOPE HE ENJOYED HIS RIDE HERE

IN MY COAL-FIRED ESCALADE TOWN

CAR.

PLEASE WELCOME ELON MUSK.

HEY, MR. MUSK, THANKS FOR COMING

ON.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S CHECK THIS OUT.

IT'S PRETTY DAMN IMPRESSIVE.

YOU ARE ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF

PAYPAL, CORRECT?

>> YES.

YES.

>> Stephen: AND YOU ALSO ARE

ONE OF THE COFOUNDERS OF TESLA

MOTORS, WHICH IS THE BIG, YOU

KNOW, $100,000 RACE CAR WHICH

JUST RUNS ON BATTERIES.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: AND YOU ARE ALSO

ONE OF THE... YOU RUN SPACE X,

WHICH IS THE VERY FIRST PRIVATE

COMPANY, NON-NATION TO BE ABLE

TO PUT SOMETHING INTO ORBIT

AROUND THIS PLANET WE CALL

EARTH.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: WHERE DO YOU FIND

TIME FOR YOUR SECRET IDENTITY AS

BATTEDMAN?

BECAUSE YOU ARE EITHER A

SUPERHERO OR A SUPER VILLAIN.

WHAT'S YOUR CHOICE, SIR?

>> WELL, I THINK PROBABLY

NEITHER.

I'M ACTUALLY REALLY MOSTLY AN

ENGINEERMENT I DESIGN THINGS.

>> Stephen: OH, YEAH, AN

ENGINEER.

BRUCE WAYNE'S A BANKER.

YEAH.

>> SO I REALLY TRY TO APPLY

EFFORTS TO DESIGNING THINGS I

THINK WILL HAVE A POSITIVE

IMPACT ON THE WORLD.

OBVIOUSLY I THINK ELECTRIC CARS

ARE A WAY TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE

TRANSPORT IN THE FUTURE.

>> OKAY.

YOU HAVE ELECTRIC CARS, TESLA,

WHICH NOW COSTS ABOUT $100,000.

YOU'RE TRYING TO GET THAT PRICE

DOWN TO WHAT, $99,000?

>> WE HAVE THIS WHICH IS ABOUT

HALF THE PRICE.

AND THEN IN THE THIRD GENERATION

VEHICLE WILL BE MAYBE HALF AGAIN

AS LOW AS THAT.

THAT'S OUR TARGET IN THE LONG

TERM.

IT'S TO MAKE MASS MARKET

ELECTRIC CARS.

>> OKAY.

SO IT WAS NICE OF ME TO HAVE HIM

ON.

NOW, YOU'VE GOT THESE ELECTRIC

CARS, OKAY, THAT DON'T USE

FOSSIL FUELS, BUT THEN YOU'VE

ALSO GOT THIS ROCKET, THIS SPACE

X, WHICH PUTS, YOU KNOW, THE

ROCKET INTO SPACE USING ABOUT AS

MUCH FUEL AS TWO MILLION

HUMMERS.

SO ARE YOU TRYING TO BREAK EVEN

AS SPECTACULARLY AS POSSIBLE?

>> WELL, IT'S TRUE THAT THE

ROCKET DOES USE ESSENTIALLY

REFINED JET FUEL.

IT'S ACTUALLY MOSTLY OXYGEN

BECAUSE IN SPACE YOU HAVE TO

CARRY YOUR OWN OXYGEN.

>> Stephen: OTHERWISE PEOPLE

CAN'T HEAR YOU SCREAM.

>> RIGHT.

BUT IT'S A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF

JET FUEL RELATIVE TO WHAT

AIRPLANES USE.

AND IF THERE WERE ANOTHER PATH,

I WOULD CERTAINLY GO THAT PATH.

>> Stephen: SO WHAT, WHAT,

WHAT LEADS YOU FROM PAYPAL TO

TESLA TO SPACE?

YOU'RE THE FUTURE MAN.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT WE CAN

HAVE PRIVATE SPACE TRAVEL?

HOW FAR BEFORE I CUT A CHECK AND

OFF I GO?

>> WELL, WE DO HOPE TO BE

CARRYING PEOPLE TO THE SPACE

STATION IN PERHAPS AS SOON AS

TWO OR THREE YEARS.

>> Stephen: HOW LONG BEFORE

YOU THEN HAVE THE ABILITY TO

BRING THEM BACK.

BECAUSE RIGHT NOW YOU'VE GOTTEN

IT UP THERE, BUT YOU HAVEN'T

LANDED ONE OF THESE DADDIES.

>> THAT IS EXTRA, FOR SURE.

>> Stephen: SMALL SURCHARGE.

>> MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THAT BOX.

SO WE WANT TO CARRY NASA

ASTRONAUTS AND ALSO CARRY

PRIVATE CITIZENS TO SPACE.

WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO CARRY

PEOPLE BEYOND EARTH'S ORBIT.

I REALLY THINK PRIVATE

ENTERPRISE IS THE FUTURE OF

SPACE TRANSPORTATION, JUST AS IT

IS IN AIR TRANSPORT AND ROAD

TRANSPORT AND SHIPS AND THAT

KIND OF THING.

>> Stephen: SO YOU THINK A

BUSINESS VENTURE COULD BE MADE

OF THIS?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: DO YOU LIVE HIGH?

DO YOU LIVE LARGE?

ANSWER THE QUESTION, SIR?

DO YOU LIVE LARGE?

>> I SUPPOSE BY SOME STANDARDS I

DO LIVE LARGE.

>> Stephen: YOU SEEM SLIGHTLY

MORE SUBDUED AND A LITTLE BIT

MORE DOWN-TO-EARTH DIE THAN YOUR

COMPETITOR IN SPACE EXPLORATION,

PRIVATE SPACE EXPLORATION, SIR

RICHARD BRANSON, BECAUSE WE'VE

HAD SIR DICK ON THE SHOW.

WHEN HE LEFT, WE WERE PULLING

NAKED MODELS OUT OF THE COUCH

FOR WEEKS.

DO YOU DO ANY OF THAT STUFF?

>> WELL I...

>> Stephen: IT'S A GREAT

PICKUP LINE, I AM THE ONLY

PERSON TO PUT SOMEONE IN SPACE.

>> HAVE YOU SEEN MY ROCKET.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY.

BY THE WAY, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT

HIS ROCKET.

JIM.

OH.

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH

THAT.

[LAUGHTER]

AND THIS IS THE ACTUAL LAUNCH

THAT PUT YOU GUYS INTO SPACE FOR

THE FIRST TIME, CORRECT?

>> OUR BIG ROCKET IN SPACE, YES.

>> Stephen: THAT'S FANTASTIC.

THAT ORBITED THE EARTH FOR HOW

LONG?

>> ABOUT A MONTH.

>> Stephen: LIKE SPUTNIK.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU THE NEXT

ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES?

>> I'M A GREAT FAN OF THE UNITED

STATES, LIKE YOU ARE.

[APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: EXCELLENT.

I'LL TELL YOU, WHAT WHEN YOU

FINALLY CAN PUT PEOPLE IN SPACE,

WILL YOU GIVE ME A DISCOUNT FOR

HAVING YOU ON?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ELON

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