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I think it would be great to be born on Earth and to die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact.

I went to Russia three times to negotiate purchasing an ICBM.

Twenty launches a year, is not a crazy number at all. We expect that to occur without any miracles.

Technically, if somebody were to stow aboard the cargo version of Dragon, they'd actually be fine. I mean, hopefully.

The climate debate is an interesting one. If you ask any scientist, are you sure that human activity is causing global warming, any scientist should say no. Because you can not be sure. On the other hand, if you said, do you think we should put an arbitrary number of trillions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere and just keep doing it until something bad happens, they'll probably say no too.

the idea of lying on a beach as my main thing, just sounds like the worst - it sounds horrible to me. I would go bonkers. I would have to be on serious drugs.

They can come back if they like, if they don't like it, of course. You get a free return ticket. There's sometimes a debate about going to Mars one-way and whether that makes things easier, and I think for the initial flights perhaps, but long term, to get the cost down, you need the spacecraft back. Whether the people come back is irrelevant, but you must have the ship back because those things are expensive. So anyone who wants to return can just jump on.

if you can show people that there is a way, then there is plenty of will.

Feel free to leave if I'm getting boring.

I really want SpaceX to help make life multi-planetary. I'd like to see a self-sustaining base on Mars.

I wish I could just stab that bloody thing through the heart.

So, unless you're a mushroom, you're out of luck.

I thought it was quite sad that the Apollo program represented the high water mark of space exploration. It was not something I was able to witness in real time, because I was -2 when they landed.

Well, the United States is the least bad at encouraging innovation.

Solar City is doing super well. They're growing at 50% to 100% a year with positive cash flow, which is pretty incredible. I just show up at the board meetings to hear the good news. It's really great.

Ya know, Wikipedia's actually pretty damn good. It's like 90% accurate. It's just not clear what 90%.

You know, we have 1% of the lobbying power of Boeing and Lockheed. If this decision is made as a function of lobbying power, we are screwed.

If one set a standard that you couldn't have loss of life, then there would be no transport. You wouldn't even be allowed to walk.

I always kind of think of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when someone mentions the space elevator.

the Falcon 9/Dragon system that we're launching today, what can it do? If the degree of safety required was equivalent to that of the shuttle, we could actually launch astronauts on the next flight.

I like lipstick, it's not like I've got anything against it. Can't wait for that comment to go out there.

we'll have a production rate of about 400 booster engines per year. Which, I think, would be more engines than the rest of the world production combined. As it is, we're already more than the rest of US production combined. Although that's not saying much. Unfortunately.

Making standard efficiency solar panels is about as hard as making dry wall. It's really easy. In fact, I'd say dry wall's probably harder.

It's one hell of a golf cart. You go on the golf course with this puppy, you're really going to have a good time between the holes.

We're happy to take people the Moon. If somebody wants to go to the Moon, we can definitely do it.

You've gotta.. you show a little leg, but not all of it.

I think that we're unique in the launch business of publishing our prices on our website. Whereas other launch providers sort of treat it like a rug bazaar - they'll charge you what they think you can afford. We believe in every day low prices, you know, and we've stuck to our guns on that.

New technology and innovation can have a downside and one of the downsides is people are able to extract far more hydrocarbons than we thought were possible.

It looks like a real alien spaceship

At the beginning of starting SpaceX I thought that the most likely outcome was failure.

I don't think the government intends to stand in the way of innovation but sometimes it can over-regulate industries to the point where innovation becomes very difficult.

I love being a political football.

Let's say you made pencils, well, about 40% of your business would be with the government. That's not an unreasonable number.

how much money do you think the Chinese government has put into solar? Estimates are about $40 billion. Okay? So, we've got our team operating on a pittance, and we've got China operating on $40 billion, and our team lost. That should be no surprise.

it's as though things automatically improve. They do not automatically improve!

Falcon Heavy costs about a third as much per flight as Delta IV Heavy, but carries twice as much payload to orbit, so it's effectively a six-fold improvement in the cost per pound to orbit.

With respect to air breathing hybrid stages, I have not seen how the physics of that makes sense. There may be some assumptions that I have that are incorrect, but really, for an orbital rocket, you're trying to get out of the atmosphere as soon as possible because the atmosphere is just as thick as soup when you're trying to go fast, and it's not helped by the fact that the atmosphere is mostly not oxygen.

I think we've been very solid in keeping our prices steady and we do not expect to make price increases in the future except for inflation related adjustments.

I'm trying to get back to my home planet, ya know.

I wanted to have something that is really profoundly better than a gasoline car for driving long distance.

Tesla, in the second half of this year, will produce more electric cars than it has produced in its entire lifetime to date. I feel very confident predicting that, within 20 years, the majority of new cars produced will be fully electric, and it may be closer to 10 years than 20.

If all we do is be yet another satellite launcher or something like that or ultimately only as good as Soyuz in cost per person to orbit, that would be okay, but really not a success in my book.

I think we had a critical mass of technical talent and just enough money and a design that was sensible and those were probably the three ingredients that resulted in success eventually.

That is how a 21-st century spaceship should land.

I think NASA is actually doing a pretty good job overall.

It's important to bear in mind that we'd love to hire a lot more people than we currently hire but we also can't run out of money and die.

So if someone had asked me, do you think Solyndra is a good investment, I would have said no, you're going to get your ass kicked.

If you look at Russian rocketry, since the fall of the Soviet Union, there's really been no significant developments. The technology has barely progressed.

Although, it'd be nice to go inside.. but for that, we will need a comically fast set of stairs.

the Atlas V cannot possibly be described as providing assured access to space for our nation when supply of its main engine depends on President Putin's permission.

a lot of the major newspapers seem to be trying to answer the question: what is the worst thing that happened on Earth today?

Dragon is capable of reentering from even Mars velocities including lunar velocities, etc. It's a very capable vehicle and is not limited to simply low Earth orbit operations.

we try not to tell anyone outside the space business that it's for a rocket, because they assume rockets are made of magic.

if humanity had taken an extra 10% longer to get here, it wouldn't have gotten here at all.

It seems logical that you should tax things that are most likely to be bad rather than - like, that's why we tax cigarettes and alcohol, because those are probably bad for you.

Sometimes people are under the impression that NASA is the vast majority of our business, but actually they're the biggest single customer but they're only about a quarter of our orders.

And frankly, if our rockets are good enough for NASA, why are they not good enough for the Air Force? It doesn't make sense.

We do hire some MBAs but it's usually in spite of the MBA, not because of it.

SpaceX has a very long term mission. We want to just keep improving our technology until there's a city on Mars. Well, that could take a long time.

No, we're not replacing NASA. NASA is our most important customer.

I mean, space is a dangerous thing.

I really look forward to the day when every car on the road is electric. That's the goal, we want to make that happen.

I think America is probably the only place where this would be possible, for a private company to get this far.

I think we've got a decent chance of bringing a stage back this year, which would be wonderful.

Governments around the world certainly make a lot of noise about caring about the environment but the results are not very good.

Lockheed and Boeing are used to stomping on new companies, and they've certainly tried to stomp on us.

there's no stone that hasn't been overturned, at least twice, to maximize the probability of success.

You know, couldn't really send people.. if they were alive.

Ya know, there's a lot of people who think that human spaceflight should not be allowed in the commercial sector. It's sort of an odd position I think, but there's still a lot of people who feel that way.

if you can get a group of really talented people together and unite them around a challenge and have them work together to the best of their abilities then a company will achieve great things.

Will space travel be as ubiquitous as air travel? I don't think it will be as ubiquitous - I would love to say it is - but I don't believe the costs will ever get quite as affordable as air travel and hopefully I'm not gonna get fired by Elon for saying this. - Gwynne Shotwell

we're looking at launches to be in the five to seven million dollar range - Gwynne Shotwell

I actually tweeted out a link to the latest thing. Mostly the people on the NASA Spaceflight forum were able to fix the video.

I mean, the market is like a manic depressive.

I can whistle Pachelbel's Canon, which is a tricky one, but I'm not going to whistle for you now because that'd be too embarrassing.

They don't want a fair competition. They don't even want an unfair competition. They want no competition at all.

really critical to the development of the SuperDraco engine was the ability to do 3d metal printing

As long as we continue to throw away rockets and spacecraft, we will never have true access to space.

That's why I've committed to fund $10 million worth of AI safety research, and I'll probably do more.

No, if they've been punching us in the face, they shouldn't expect we're going to be their friend.

Star Wars was the first movie I ever saw, so it was going to be fairly influential.

If somebody can think of something better to do, I'd love to hear it.

We're probably going to have to iterate our way there I think.

We want to open up space for humanity, and in order to do that, space must be affordable.

Most important of all is we did a good job for NASA. I always think, did we do a good job for our customer? Everything else is secondary to that.

if you can make the product good enough that it so far exceeds people's expectations that it just makes them happy, I think that's amazing.

In fact, certainly you can construct scenarios where recovery of human civilization does not occur.

This is intended to be a significant amount of revenue and help fund a city on Mars.

Looking in the long term, and saying what's needed to create a city on Mars? Well, one thing's for sure: a lot of money.

No, we wouldn't have come because it would have been quite rude to not have offered incentives.

We're going to try to do for satellites what we've done for rockets.

So, it's not paranoia or made up, people did time in the big house. You can pretty much bet that's the tip of the iceberg.

The national security launches should be put up for competition. They should not be awarded on a sole-source uncompeted basis.

In fact, at one point the judge actually had to remind the justice department lawyer that he works for the American people, not Boeing and Lockheed.

Ya know, John McCain spent a lot of time in a prisoner of war camp - one would think he's not easily intimidated.

With each successive launch - we have several more launches this year - we expect to get more and more precise with the landing and, if all goes well, I am optimistic that we'll be able to land the stage back at Cape Canaveral by the end of the year.

I would never leave Tesla ever, but I may not be CEO forever. No-one should be CEO forever.

Basically, people need a compelling and affordable electric vehicle. That is the holy grail, and we're trying to get there as fast as we can.

we also need to make sure we don't create SkyNet.

With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.

Now, the obvious problem with solar power is that the Sun does not shine at night. I think most people are aware of this.

In fact, it's something that obviously we're starting to do, with Gigafactory 1. The way we're approaching the Gigafactory is really like it's a product. We're not really thinking of it in the traditional way that people think of a factory. Like, a building with a bunch of off-the-shelf equipment in it. What we're really designing in the Gigafactory is a giant machine.

I've gone on record as saying I think we could do a super heavy development for on the order of two and a half billion, other estimates are about 10 times that. And the super heavy that I'm alluding to would have about a 160 ton to orbit capability, so way more than a Saturn V. In fact, I've even gone as far as to say that I will guarantee that personally. And stake everything on SpaceX that it will happen. So, I mean we'll see.

This entire night, everything you're experiencing is stored sunlight.

The success of Tesla as a company financially is going to be a function of the quality of the products that we produce. So we have to make better cars than, say, GM and Chrysler. I don't see that as a huge challenge.