Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk’s industrial empire – CBS News

Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk’s industrial empire – CBS News

So many children dream of fast cars and rocket ships, but few actually grow up to build them — and change the world in the process.

The following script is from “Fast Cars and Rocket Ships”  which aired on March 30, 2014. Scott Pelley is the correspondent. Harry Radliffe, producer..

Comparing the Tesla Model S to other cars is like comparing an iPhone to a desk phone. It is a technological marvel that scorches the pavement — zero to 60 in four seconds. Tesla is another revolutionary idea from the mind of Elon Musk — a 42-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur who built an industrial empire from the stuff of little boy dreams: fast cars and rocket ships. Musk is an idealist who told us he had to start his companies so that man could colonize Mars and save the Earth. His sister says it’s like her brother traveled into the future and came back to tell us all about it. So what is the future like?

Apparently it’s fast and smoke-free. The Tesla Model S is powered by 7,000 battery cells linked to an electric motor. No engine, no transmission, no tailpipe. As this company video shows, the dash is dominated by a computer that’s constantly connected to the Internet. It has a fanatical following. There’s a waiting list that Elon Musk is trying to shorten building 600 Model S’s a week in this high-tech plant in Northern California.

Scott Pelley: I have heard a lot of people describe you.

Elon Musk: Okay, good, I mean, hopefully– on– on balance, hopefully, mostly good.

Scott Pelley: How do you describe yourself?

Elon Musk: I usually describe myself as an engineer that’s basically what I’ve been doing since I was a kid. I’m interested in things that change the world or that affect the future and wondrous, new technology where you see it and you’re like, “Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?”

How is it possible that Elon Musk could launch two impossible businesses — SpaceX, a builder of rocket ships and Tesla which could be the first successful car company startup in America in 90 years.

Scott Pelley: How did you figure you were going to start a car company and be successful at it?

Elon Musk: Well, I didn’t really think Tesla would be successful. I thought we would most likely fail. But I thought that we at least could address the false perception that people have that an electric car had to be ugly and slow and boring like a golf cart.

Scott Pelley: But you say you didn’t expect the company to be successful? Then why try?

Elon Musk: If something’s important enough you should try. Even if you — the probable outcome is failure.

What’s important to Musk is reducing greenhouse gases which he believes threaten the world. The Tesla will go about 250 miles on a charge. And Musk is building a network of charging stations where the driver pays nothing for a fill up. He hopes to make the stations largely solar powered one day.

Elon Musk: You can drive for free, forever, on pure sunlight. That’s the, you know, message we’re trying to convey. So even if, like, there’s a zombie apocalypse and the grid breaks down, you’ll still be able to charge your car.

Scott Pelley: So there’s a zombie apocalypse warranty?

Elon Musk: Yes, exactly.

“Well, I didn’t really think Tesla would be successful. I thought we would  most likely fail. But I thought that we at least could address the false perception that people have that an electric car had to be ugly and slow and boring like a golf cart.

And, if you’re running from zombies, it’s good to know the Model S won the highest quality rating in

the history of consumer reports and has the government’s highest safety rating.

Musk may be changing the car the way Steve Jobs changed the phone. Like Jobs he’s a perfectionist in the art of engineering. His goal wasn’t to show a profit but to reveal the possibilities. It is a desire to discover that’s also behind Musk’s other line of vehicles.

Only four entities have launched a space capsule into orbit and successfully brought it back: the United States, Russia, China and Elon Musk. This Buck Rogers dream started years ago when he had a nutty idea to fly an experimental greenhouse to Mars. But he couldn’t. He discovered that the price of rockets was astronomical.

So now he builds his own.

Elon Musk: I had so many people try to talk me out of starting a rocket company, it was crazy.

Scott Pelley: What did they tell you?

Elon Musk: One good friend of mine collected a whole series of videos of rockets blowing up and made me watch those. He just didn’t want me to lose all my money.

He never did launch that greenhouse but nowMusk is lofting commercial satellites and flying cargo to the space station for NASA at a fraction of the former cost.


SpaceX rocket launch

Musk’s fascination with technology dates to his childhood in South Africa.

Maye Musk: He just found everything interesting. He wanted to explore everything. He knocked histeeth out ’cause he was just falling off stuff. Kimbal too, actually. Yeah.

We spoke with his mother Maye, sister Tosca and brother Kimbal.

Kimbal Musk: He’s a guy with unlimited ambition.

Scott Pelley: Ambition to do what?

60 Minutes: Segment Extras

Elon Musk on his family history

Kimbal Musk: Not a typical type of ambition. It’s more he just needs to be constantly– his mind just needs to be constantly fulfilled. And the problems that he takes on therefore need to become more and more complex over time in order to keep him interested.

He was interested in computers early. At the age of 12 he wrote the software for a video game and sold it. Against his parent’s wishes he set his sights on the software capitol of the world.

Elon Musk: It seemed like the vast majority of such things came from the United States. I also, like, read a lot of comic books– and they all seemed to be set in the United States. So it’s like, “Well, this is a good place– this is where– I gotta go to this place.”

He earned degrees in business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania and asked his brother to join him in California.

Kimbal Musk: When we moved to Silicon Valley we had nothing. So we actually lived in the office. And we would sleep on the floor in the evening and go shower at the YMCA the next morning. And then we would be ready to go before some of our employees would arrive, so they wouldn’t think we were actually sleeping in the office.

In that office, Musk invented a program that gave step by step directions between addresses. That’s common today in cars and phones but in 1995 it was magic. In four years he made $22 million.

Scott Pelley: Only in America.

Elon Musk: Right, only in America. Absolutely.

Next, he started an online banking firm that he grew into PayPal, a system for making purchases on the Internet.

Scott Pelley: And you sold PayPal to eBay for what?

Elon Musk: It was about $1.5 billion. So that– that was– it was a good outcome.

Scott Pelley: A good outcome?

Elon Musk: Yes.

His share was $180 million and he bet it all on Tesla and SpaceX. But at the age of 37, he hit rock bottom. His first rockets failed to reach orbit, and an early model Tesla roadster had quality problems.

Scott Pelley: In 2008, the rocket company is not going well, you’ve had three failures.

Elon Musk: Right.

Scott Pelley: The car company is hemorrhaging money–

Elon Musk: Yeah.

Scott Pelley: and the American economy has tanked in the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Elon Musk: Right.

Scott Pelley: What was that year like for you?

Elon Musk: And I’m getting divorced, by the way, add to that. That was definitely the worst year of my life.

That terrible year was captured in a documentary called “Revenge of the Electric Car.” His plant was filled with flawed cars that couldn’t be delivered.

[“Revenge of the Electric Car:” Holy mackerel. Jesus! We have like an army of cars here. Like, Jesus! This is frightening. It’s really pedal to the metal here. I mean, each month that passes is literally costs us tens of million of dollars we need to appreciate that.]

To save Tesla, Musk needed millions more from investors. His fortune was gone.

Elon Musk: When we’d call people and say, “Hey, would you like to invest?,” they’d be angry that we just called. That it’s like– it’s not like no– no and– no and– you know, various expletives.

Scott Pelley: He was essentially broke.

Kimbal Musk: Oh yeah. In debt. More than broke.

Scott Pelley: More than broke.

Kimbal Musk: Yeah.

Elon Musk: I remember waking up the Sunday before Christmas in 2008, and thinking to myself, “Man, I never thought I was someone who could ever be capable of a nervous breakdown,” but I felt, “This is the closest I’ve ever come.” ‘Cause it– it seemed pretty– pretty dark.

Toward the end of 2008, SpaceX prepared its fourth attempt.

Elon Musk: We were running on fumes at that point we had virtually no money.

Scott Pelley: So a fourth failure?

Elon Musk: A fourth failure would have been absolutely game over.

Scott Pelley: Done.

Elon Musk: Done.

Scott Pelley: SpaceX bankrupt…

Elon Musk: Yeah. It’s bad enough to have three strikes, having four strikes is really kaput.

“I remember waking up the Sunday before Christmas in 2008, and thinking to myself, ‘Man, Inever thought I was someone who could ever be capable  of a nervous breakdown,’ but I felt, ‘This is the closest I’ve ever  come.'”

But flight four was flawless and in Musk’s world, it lit the darkness.

Then, as often, the week of Christmas became a time when little boy dreams are answered.

Elon Musk: NASA called and told us that we’d won a $1.5 billion contract. And I couldn’t even hold the phone, I just blurted out, “I love you guys.”

Scott Pelley: They saved you.

Elon Musk: Yeah, they did.

Scott Pelley: Financially and maybe even emotionally.

Elon Musk: Well, I’ll tell you that was, that was definitely helpful, yeah.

Two days later, on Christmas Eve, Tesla’s investors decided to pour in more money.

Scott Pelley: So you were saved in the period of three days by two completely unexpected events.

Elon Musk: Yeah.

Scott Pelley: Merry Christmas.

Elon Musk: Yeah, absolutely. That’s for sure.

The rockets haven’t failed since. His cargo capsule has docked three times with the space station. And in the California plant they’re fitting seats for what they hope will be eventual manned missions. SpaceX is also testing a rocket that can be reused, softly landing on a column of flame. Another step on a longer journey.

Elon Musk: I’d love to have SpaceX be the company that brings humanity to Mars and I hope I see it while I’m still alive.

He’s at SpaceX three days a week, two days at Tesla and weekends are at home with his five sons from his first marriage and his second wife Talulah whom he met in london.

Talulah Riley: It all happened very fast. We were– we were engaged after, I think, sorta two– two weeks of knowing each other. And I was 22 and it was– there were all these boys. And it was– which was the best part. And– it was– it was fast. And then we were in it.

Scott Pelley: You knew each other two weeks before you got engaged?

Talulah Riley: Something like that–

Scott Pelley: What was so attractive?

Talulah Riley: Well, he was very charming and definitely the most interesting and eccentric person I have ever met.

Tesla stock has rocketed up nearly 500 percent but that’s not based on thecars he’s selling — that price is counting on the hope that Tesla will create an electric car at one-third the cost of the Model S which runs about $100,000. This is what stands in the way. This slab covered in plastic is the battery.

Scott Pelley: So this is essentiallythe bottom of the car. The front wheels would be there, the rear wheels would be right here. It fills up the entire bottom of the car.

Elon Musk: That’s right.

This is how it fits into the bottom of the chassis. Trouble is the battery’sso expensive musk can’t build a $35,000 car with acceptable range. To make Tesla successful, he must reinvent battery manufacturing. Musk has just announced a $5 billion factory to be built in the U.S. which, he says,  will make more lithium ion batteries than all the other plants on earth combined.

Gambles like that have led a lot of people on Wall Street to bet against him–taking investment positions that count on Tesla stock to fail. But so far, those pessimistic investors have lost a lot of money.

Scott Pelley: What is it about you that seems to invite skepticism?

Elon Musk: Well, I think it’s because we’re doing these things that seem unlikely to succeed. And we’ve been fortunate, and at least thus far, have succeeded.


Additional footage courtesy: “Revenge of the Electric Car,” 2011

  • Scott Pelley


    Anchor and Managing Editor, “CBS Evening News;” Correspondent, “60 Minutes”






However, make no mistake, you are waking up!

Thank you, John.

So good to see you making more frequent posts again! I have long enjoyed your lovingly stated inspirations and coaxing reminders. You are among my favorite channels, because your messages go straight to the heart…as intended.

Many Blessings,

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Eliza: On Earthquakes, Inner and Outer

How I miss the stunning wilderness areas of the West coast, and the ability to travel around and explore (I’ve been without a car for years here in the Northeast). I have felt many earthquakes, having lived in the SF Bay area for 27 years, including the great 7.1 Loma Prieta quake. I have also felt a 5,0 once out in nature, while sitting and meditating above Muir Valley, while out on a hike. It barely phased me, despite the Sonic Boom traveling along the San Andreas. Even Gaia needs to release stress in these changing times, and the more we do so for ourselves, the more we can assist her in our co-creative Ascension process.

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Eliza: On Earthquakes, Inner and Outer

I woke up this morning feeling a tightness in the “gut” or region of the solar plexus, beneath the diaphragm. Yes, I’ve had some extra tension at work as a result of taking on a supervisory position, but I knew that this wasn’t a personal feeling. Something was going on in the world. A short survey of some news sources was all it took; there had been a large earthquake in the Los Angeles area.

Having lived in earthquake prone areas nearly all my life, I’m not frightened by the prospect of experiencing one. I was born and lived most of my childhood within miles of the San Andreas Fault. Yet when I lived there, we had no earthquakes. Likewise, my family lived in Anchorage, Alaska, in the late 1950’s. Again, we experienced a few very mild earthquakes, nothing to be frightened about.


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A short update on the energies

This sounds like the Leylines that so many are talking about as key to this Ascension process. I think we all can certainly feel these energies at work. Sleep has been a challenge, yet there is also a quiet tone to these days, if we can extract ourselves from being overly busy, and sit and tune in.

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As many of you have already noticed, this brand new grid of energetic filaments that are criss-crossing your globe has certainly lit up more than a few power points all over the place. This can in many ways be likened to what many of you refer to as acupuncture points, set into energetic pathways at junctures that serve not only to anchor these energies, but also to magnify them.

Let us explain. What we are talking about now, is in fact some of the properties of that brand new energetic system of pathways that many of you have been instrumental in setting up, and as such, what we share now, will come as a surprise to some of you, while for others, it will serve to confirm what they have already intuited is the case. For as you all connected during these last few days and weeks of energetic upgradings…

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Soft Spring Rain Showers


It has been a long, cold winter. The soft evening rain showers with seasonably warm temperatures were so pleasant! Everything smelled earthy, or like ozone, as the promise of Spring’s awakening stirred Persephone from her long slumber. She has risen and defiantly shaken Demeter’s snowy hush from her cloak, donned her airy garb in anticipation of Nature’s triumph. This year, the ground is still bare and brown, the skies often chilly gray, but with this hint in the wind, we hold in our hearts and minds the vision of splendor to come.
Oh, what joy and rapture await our thawing spirits!

Love, Phoenix



[Image: Persephone by David Johnson]

So you say you’re not one of us, you don’t belong here?


First of all, we all came from somewhere else, many different places, so to say “I am not of your kind.” actually means you are very much like the rest of us! We all feel like a stranger in a strange land sometimes.  I have never fit in. You simply sound exhausted, and possibly depressed. You ARE one of us or you would not have found your way here.

When we are exhausted, everything looks bleaker than it normally does, especially if you take the mundane world at face value. It is easier to become overwhelmed or apathetic. Remember the metaphor “The darkest hour is just before the dawn”?  Quite true. I struggled with depression for decades.  Seldom any more, although I do get caught up in the fear/survival thing. So hang in there!  The Universe knows Right Timing for events, and we are being flooded with love and light energies to assist us in coping and healing. Better days are ahead. Believe.

I go through this no-sleep thing several times a week, too. I can tell you one thing I do when I can is go outside to get moving in nature when energy level and weather permits, because I do sit too much at the computer when on call for work. I also will stop during my trek to just -be- in nature some place quiet, maybe by water. It is quite healing.  If you go for a walk/hike/bike ride -anything physical that will connect you to nature, you will de-stress and sleep better.  You know why they say “sleep on it”? Because in the light of day, we gain fresh perspective. Although I do like the wee hours when the city is quiet.  Herbal capsules that contain Valerian can help with muscle tension, Chamomile, Wild Oats, St. John’s Wort are calming and Melissa (Lemon Balm) quiets “mind chatter” if thinking keeps you awake. I also sometimes listen to guided meditation podcasts for healing (including healing things like psychic attack) as I end up falling asleep, but we get the benefits of the meditation on a subconscious level.

Yes, I also feel RAGE and ANGER at the Cabal, among others, and want to throttle certain individuals at times…but that would serve no one. The paradigm that is dying wants to perpetuate war in the name of peace, and they love to stir these feelings up in people.  Doing something physical and harmless is the best way to transmute those energies. Women know this, this is sometimes what fuels a cleaning spree!  Women and men run or play sports for the same reason..it’s a healthy outlet. Or punch a pillow. Shut yourself in a room and rip up an old telephone book (if you can find one), all the while yelling at everyone and everything that is angering you. I’ve done this, both alone and in a meditation class where we all ended up in such a rage we were in tears! THE PURPOSE IS TO MOVE THAT ENERGY OUT! I’ve also taken 6 flats of eggs out in nature and thrown them at a tree, each one a person or situation that enraged me. You need to get that out in a healthy manner. (thank the tree, the wild animals can enjoy the eggs). I guarantee you will feel shifted.

Also, don’t underestimate the healing power of play. Even if it is playing with a pet (they love unconditionally and are easier to deal with than most people!). Or go on a Carousel ride, or take a commuter ferry to get some fresh air. Go out dancing. There are plenty of ways to have fun, alone or with others. Having fun will relax us, help us to see the big picture, and gain perspective.

Embrace the new paradigm. You have free will, and now you think you won’t want to stick around, but things are always in flux, so you may feel differently when the time comes.  When I feel ready to give up, I remind myself what an honor it is to be alive, to be here to participate and help usher in vast planetary change. Like the firefighters who died yesterday in my city, the good souls of the RM work tirelessly behind the scenes, risking all for the good of humanity.   Having endured pain, hardship, loneliness, I certainly want to be here to celebrate! I earned it!  Do not worry if all you can do is wish the RV well. I haven’t even made it to the weekly meditations because I am usually working on Sundays and/or I forget. Your presence is what matters.  Never try to give more than you can. You are enough as you are. You matter. All of us matter.  We are all part of the web of life.

The best way to get outside of yourself and your woes is to count your blessings. Literally, make a list. All the dark things we mention in these threads, in these kinds of websites, it is not about dwelling in the dark, it is about exposing the dark to the Light so that it can be transmuted. The dark deeds are hard to fathom, but people need to know what’s at stake. Light is Information; Information is Knowledge; Knowledge is Power. By popular demand, Power is shifting back to We the People of the United Planet of Gaia. And so, It IS. People have the Power, and have had it all along. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we just didn’t know it. But the time is NOW.

In Lakech (I am another Yourself)
Phoenix, Red Lunar Serpent
Forever Unlimited


My response to the article “Data Mining Reveals How Conspiracy Theories Emerge on Facebook”

The article:

Data Mining Reveals How Conspiracy Theories Emerge on Facebook

[During his run for President, his man lied every chance he got, and social media spread his lies like wildfire.]

My response:

Great article.  I do know for a fact that some of the things I once believed turned out not to be true, but were certainly plausible, considering the extenuating circumstances. Similarly, as mentioned in the article, I believe some conspiracy theories “may well be truths that have been deliberately suppressed by higher powers such as governments, corporations and so on.” Yet we seem to have a media blackout in the US, where certain types of news stories are seldom if ever headline mainstream news, and can only be found on line. Meanwhile those same stories are being broadcast in mainstream news in other countries. Or maybe my whole perspective is a conspiracy theory.

More likely we are bombarded with a constant and confusing array of “news” or at least information that is “disinformation”, which is not flat-out lies but truths artfully blended with a generous smattering of lies, leaving one perplexed, unable to detect truth or b.s. because our inner compass detects both. Plus we tend to want to believe what supports our own version of the “truth”.

Fortunately I don’t get my conspiracy theory items from FB, as I have trusted sources I am more comfortable with, or I  try to flush out the original source, if I can, and see if it resonates with me. I’m also not out to debate theories, I simply offer information to be considered with an open mind. And an open mind generally will adapt its perspective when new reliable information comes to light. (Ah, but who determines what is reliable? It is all subjective, this “reality” that brings no consensus). I think the only thing we know for sure is that none of us know it all.

I’m hoping that when we cross over, we will finally have all our unanswered questions resolved. I, for one, am dying to know where all those dryer socks end up! 😉

SOME THOUGHTS ON DISCERNMENT and shifting perceptions this week.


When I am feeling out of balance, I think too much, and it affects my ability to discern. Over-stimulation, stress, worry, distraction, trying to “figure it all out” -the 3-D constraints I feel that drain my life force energy. On some days I needed a long nap. Listening to the body is key, not the head saying what we “should” be doing.

On other days I needed to push myself just a bit to get out. Time in nature is helpful, but also moving the physical body…it can energize me. We’ve had a cold winter, but I make myself get out anyway, and I never regret it. I saw the most incredible brilliant rainbow clouds this week, and others the next day. Is the sky changing, or is my perception expanding?  So much information, some of it overwhelms the senses. I love my distractions, too. But reading about the strangelet bomb was too distressing. Pleiadians are no strangers to me, though I’ve had no recent connection.

Nature. Moving. Even if I have to push myself. Needing work and when it is offered, resisting. Going anyway. Feeling shifted, energized, healed by the unexpected connections with clients. I connect easily with people when in balance, but dealing with public transit can bring out my surly side. I am sensitive to environments and being around people, yet at home on a crowded dance floor. Go figure! (Aren’t we supposed to have little mini “Jetsons”-type hovercraft by now?)

Everything I have been reading this week, and everyone I’ve met has been reflecting to me the importance of being in our hearts, in order to discern and to manifest. I found both the articles and the people I met served as catalysts for my introspection. Suddenly things shifted for me, my desires came easily, and I was gifted with a small succession of opportunities, advice, and abundance in many forms, which both amused me and brought me joy!

I’ve been having meaningful, heart-centered conversations with people I just met. People I didn’t know are also thinking about many of the things I think about. Realizing we have so much in common with people who are seemingly very different than we are, on the surface. In general, it is clear to me that people are waking up. What we have in common with one another is our humanity. How can we expect to join Galactic community if we can’t transcend our own borders? Our judgments?

The plane that is missing…my gut feeling was that it had not crashed…that it went somewhere….else. I was elated at the thought! They are alive and well!  Is this wishful thinking, or intuition? Time will tell. “Evidence” can be contrived and distorted to fit the agenda. 9/11 taught us that, if nothing else. Either there is a cover-up, or they really don’t know where it is or what happened to the plane. Now that my initial enthusiasm has waned, something feels a bit off. But things will come to light in due time.

In general, I am learning to let go more of my need to control, and my need to know. Many of you seem to think you are on a need-to-know basis with COBRA.  I trust his discernment is more developed than my own about his affairs and objectives.  I don’t think he owes us any explanation, but I do think we owe him more respect and gratitude for what he is able to share.  It is the head that will make us crazy with such thoughts. But it is the heart that will lead us to the answers we are ready for, or to right timing, so that the answers present themselves to us as synchronous clues, until we have our “Aha!” moment.

I have been feeling waves of gentle, loving emotion today…appreciating people for who they are, including myself.The time is short, but malleable. There is no death. All things simply change form, and we are in process with that, together. I cycle from night owl to daytime coffee achiever every few days, partly due to work being mostly at either end of the day, or both. But partly because once rested, I prefer the quiet and the starry night. It helps me tune in to what matters. Think less, feel more, move and care for your body. All is well, my friends.

Love and Light –not for sale, but free for the asking.
So remember to ask, invoke, co-create! Blessings Abound! And So, It Is.

A response to:

Quarantine Earth Endgame