On May 30, 2020, for the first time in history, a private commercial aerospace company put astronauts into Earthâ€™s orbit. The rocket that got NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley into space was manufactured by a company owned by Elon Musk, who is arguably one of the most important innovative entrepreneurs in the world. His innovations include not just vehicles for space travel, but electric cars, artificial intelligence, and more. Here are the companies founded by Elon Musk.
This is the company that manufactured the Falcon 9 rocket, which blasted two astronauts into space, where they would eventually dock with the International Space Station (ISS). The company also manufactured the spacecraft that carried the astronauts, known as the Dragon. In addition to being the first time a commercial spacecraft put humans into orbit around the Earth, it was also the first time since 2011 that the U.S. used its own spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the ISS. Previously, American astronauts had to rely on Russian spacecraft to take them to and from the station, following the retirement of NASAâ€™s space shuttle fleet. Elon Musk wants to use SpaceX to manufacture spacecraft that could, one day, put humans on Mars.
No, itâ€™s not a company that will make you bored. Itâ€™s a company that builds tunnels, and it wants these tunnels to be a solution for citiesâ€™ ever-increasing traffic headaches. The ultimate goal of the company is to create networks of tunnels in major cities to alleviate traffic on the surface. On its website, the company argues that tunnels are a good solution for cities because they are not visible on the ground, they donâ€™t divide neighborhoods like roadways and barriers on the surface do, theyâ€™re weatherproof, and there is seemingly no limit to how many can be built. In addition, since theyâ€™re underground, tunnels can be built and operated without people on the surface feeling the effects.
What if you didnâ€™t need a mouse, keyboard, or touchscreen to use or communicate with a computer? What if you could do it all with your mind? Sounds like science fiction, right? Well, not to the folks at Neuralink. The company specializes in the development of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). The idea is that BMIs could potentially treat neurological disorders, like the loss of sensory or motor functions. The company claims to have created a â€śneurosurgicalâ€ť robot capable of inserting the material into the brain needed to make BMIs work.
As its name implies, this company specializes in artificial intelligence. Its innovations, so far, include robot hands that can solve a Rubikâ€™s Cube and learn how to manipulate a similar cubicle object into different orientations. Although Elon Musk co-founded the company, he decided to leave it in 2019, so that he could focus on his other ventures.
Tesla is arguably the most well-known of Elon Muskâ€™s companies. You may have seen some its cars on the road in recent years. The company is best-known for building electric cars, though it also has its hands in the development of solar technology and charging technology. The company now produces several different electric vehicles, including an SUV and a truck model, known as Cybertruck. All Tesla vehicles now come with a feature called Autopilot, which allows a vehicle to drive itself in certain situations. The company is hoping to manufacture vehicles that are fully autonomous in the future.