He conquered online bill pay as the co-founder of PayPal, is currently leading the way in developing an electric sports car as the CEO of Tesla and now Elon Musk is taking on a new mission: Space.
Musk is counting down to the launch of his very own rocket Friday from Cape Canaveral. The spacecraft, called the Falcon 9 rocket, was built by Musk's private spaceflight company, SpaceX and will carry a mock-up of the company's Dragon capsule. The eventual goal is to use the rockets to carry cargo and possibly even astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.
The test flight is scheduled for 11 a.m. Eastern time Friday. But there's a 40 percent chance it won't happen because of Florida's finicky weather. The team has a four-hour launch window.
"It would be a great day if we reach orbital velocity, but still a good day if the first stage functions correctly, even if the second stage malfunctions." The team says on their site. "It would be a bad day if something happens on the launch pad itself and we’re not able to gain any flight data."
But, fear not, Earthlings. A failed launch wouldn't mean a failed mission. It would be disappointing, but it wouldn't "make of break" the company or the commercial spaceflight industry, the SpaceX site says.
The launch will be streamed live online.