Elon Musk currently leads SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink and The Boring Company. Previously, Elon cofounded and sold PayPal, the world's leading Internet payment system, and Zip2, one of the first internet maps and directions services.
As the founder and Chief Engineer at SpaceX, Elon oversees the development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets. In 2008, the SpaceX Falcon 1 was the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit, and SpaceX made further history in 2017 by re-flying both a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft for the first time. Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, completed its first flight in 2018. In May 2020, SpaceX returned America's ability to fly NASA astronauts to space on American vehicles for the first time since 2011. In addition to carrying astronauts to space for NASA. SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft can also carry civilians to Earth orbit, the ISS or beyond.
SpaceX is leveraging its experience in building rockets and spacecraft to deploy Starlink- the world's most advanced broadband internet system. Starlink is ideally suited for areas of the globe where connectivity has typically been a chall enge . Unbounded by traditional ground infrastructure, Starlink can deliver high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable.
As the co-founder and CEO of Tesla, Elon leads all product design, engineering and global manufacturing of the company's electric vehicles, battery products and solar energy products.
Since the company's inception in 2003, Tesla's mission has been to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. The first Tesla product, the Roadster sports car, debuted in 2008, followed by the Model S sedan, which was introduced in 2012, and the Model X SUV, which launched in 2015. Model S received Consumer Reports' Best Overall Car and has been named the Ultimate Car of the Year by Motor Trend, while Model X was the first SUV ever to earn 5-star safety ratings in every category and sub-category in the National Highway Traffic Safety Adm inistration's tests. In 2017, Tesla began deliveries of Model 3, a mass-market electric vehicle with more than 320 miles of range, and unveiled Tesla Semi, which is designed to save owners at least $200,000 over a million miles based on fuel costs alone. In 2019, Tesla unveiled Cybertruck, which will have better utility than a traditional truck and more performance than a sports car, as well as the Model Y compact SUV, which began customer deliveries in early 2020.
Elon is also CEO of Neuralink, which is developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect the human brain to computers.