Elon Musk and SpaceX will be featured in a segment on the CBS 60 Minutes program
You can watch it here:
Thanks! 60 minutes airs on Sunday night around here and not for another couple hours.
Segment was short, but good. Elon came across well and it seemed less biased than I imagined. They did mention he is "naturalized", didn't really play up the fact that nearly all jobs are in California he has created and he seemed very sincere about Neil not supporting SpaceX.
It's going to be an exciting Spring for SpaceX and TM!
It was a good segment. I can't wait for the one on Tesla!
I did think that it was interesting that they talked about Tesla as making 5000 cars this year when they haven't made a singe one (production version) yet. Hopefully the statement proves prophetic.
I hope that it's a little more than 5000, since I'm #5058! LOL!
Elon came across as believable, sincere and passionate. I really liked how 60 minutes mentioned the only four entities that put a capsule into orbit and recovered - US, China, Russia and Elon Musk.
phb, I believe 60 Minutes said TM produces 5,000 cars/annually as a general statement and did not refer specifically to this year or next. :-)
That was all based on the Roadster numbers I believe. Remember they have been selling that car for over 3 years. The Model S isn't their first car... ;)
I am a little concerned about Elon Musk spreading himself a little thin. From Wikipedia, "He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity." I've never held the title of CEO, but as an IT Director, I am busy (but working at a school gives me some time to annoy you guys on here). :-D
Isn't being a CEO of two very tech heavy and demanding companies a bit much? I mean, I love the ambition but... you know?
Maybe I'm underestimating him?
Referenced Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk
Eidetic memory, determination, great intelligence, nerve, and enthusiasm are a potent combo. The ability to temper his need to micromanage is the critical one; I don't know where he falls on that scale.
I spent my career in very large companies as a VP of Organizational Design/Effectiveness with a PhD in that area. He can do all he does because of two things:
Vision & Leadership.
@Brian H, add to that list: courage to take the risk. I bet there are couple of thousand people around world that have similar potential, but do not have courage to actually do something with those talents. A bit "good will hunting" -syndrome. Determination comes in play only after first step has been made.
I wish I would have that. Unfortunately I'm just a geek. ;-P
that's what "nerve" means.
Strikes me that, as Elon said on the CBS interview, the 4th Falcon launch was all-or-nothing (2 wks after the 3rd launch failed and was tracked to a 2-second timing error), and the S launch is similar. Not as far as being a recovery from a test failure, but from being do-or-die.
I wonder if, in the real world, there's an actual delivered-in-2012 count that'd be the dividing line. Some analyst referred to 2,000 as acceptable and possible. (Not that I expect TM to actually deliver less than 6-7,000!!)
The word that comes to mind is ... Authentic.
For him, money is merely a tool, not an end.
Elon believes in something larger than himself, and is going for it.
Toil, risk and ridicule all recede in the face of a chance to do something that transcends your own life.
Update from SpaceX: