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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Feel free to leave if I'm getting boring.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

It looks like a real alien spaceship

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

I love being a political football.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

I mean, the market is like a manic depressive.

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.

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

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.

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.