Video Caption: Elon Musk has never been one to keep his long-term plans to himself. Beyond the development of reusable rockets, electric cars, and revolutionizing solar power, he has also been quite vocal about establishing a colony on Mars within his lifetime. The goal here is nothing less than ensuring the survival of the human race by creating a “backup location”, and calls for some serious planning and architecture.
These and other aspects of Musk’s proposed mission to Mars were outlined in an essay titled “Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species“, which was published in the June 2017 issue of the journal New Space. The paper is a summary of the presentation he made at the 67th Annual Meeting of the International Astronautical Congress, which took place from September 26th–30th, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The paper was produced by Scott Hubbard, a consulting professor at Stanford University and the Editor-in-Chief of NewSpace, and includes all the material and slides from Musk’s original presentation. Contained within are Musk’s thoughts on how the colonization of Mars could be accomplished in this century and what issues would need to be addressed.
SpaceX investor Steve Jurvetson will give one lucky person a tour of his personal collection of space artifacts — if the price is right.
All you have to do is go to Tourwithsteve.com and making the winning bid. According to the website:
“The highest bid will help fund a scholarship for a space entrepreneur to attend Draper University and support a team on a wilderness survival mission.”
So, what is Draper University? It’s actually known as the Draper University of Heroes and was created by one of Jurvetson’s venture capital partners at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Here’s the description from its website:
“Located in Silicon Valley, Draper University of Heroes is the brainchild of free-spirited venture capitalist Tim Draper, aka ‘The Riskmaster’. We are an unconventional world-class boarding school for the brightest young entrepreneurs from around the world. We built this school because the world needs more heroes.”
Yes. the world certainly needs more of them. And, apparently, now you can now get a degree in heroism. Who knew?
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Draper Fisher Jurvetson, has invested in both Tesla and Reva Electric (Reva makes low-cost electric city runabouts). He knew little about the auto business when he got into the field, and admits he’s been very lucky. Regarding electric cars, he says, “You couldn’t possibly have put a business plan together that foresaw what is happening today.”