Thoughts, Opinions, Gripes, and Grievances


Kian Pfannenstiel, Writer

Elon Musk is a very boring man with a very Boring Company. Recently, he’s been the subject of a lot of media, primarily memes, for his generally eccentric behaviors. Some of the most interesting things he’s done include send a car to space, sell a flamethrower called “Not A Flamethrower,” and announce an upcoming, flying car.

He is the owner of the car company Tesla, space exploration company SpaceX, and infrastructure and tunneling company “The Boring Company.” Looking him up on will give better insight into his accomplishments, however I intend to outline some of his more current major accomplishments.

In 2002 Elon Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, with the intent of commercial space travel. By 2008, he had earned much respect from SpaceX that NASA approved SpaceX for travel to the International Space Station (ISS). Ten years later, he sent one of his Teslas into space because, as far as anyone can really tell, he can. Not long ago this year, on a different note, he, for the first time, sent a shuttle of people to the ISS, and SpaceX has now made contact with NASA in space. It was the SpaceX Crew Dragon that landed the shuttle on the ISS. To top this all off with Elon’s plans to colonize Mars, there truly is no better space exploration enterprise out there.

Elon’s other commercial-oriented company, Tesla, has also been fantastically successful and enterprising. One of the failed cars of the past was the DeLorean, which was designed solely for the purpose of style, but it didn’t function well all of the time. However, the DeLorean did do a few things very well: have unique doors. Unlike most car doors, the DeLorean’s doors opened up, as I’m sure you know. Tesla took this idea and put it on their Model X, Tesla’s SUV. Tesla is also the leading company for electric cars, which come with a map of charging stations loaded into it. Also loaded into the car is an emulator for the Atari gaming console (with games like asteroids ready to play) for whenever you need that vintage video game nostalgia, but only when you’re stuck on the road (because that’s safe). Recently, Elon Musk announced his plans to come out with a flying Tesla roadster. The backseat of the sports car will be replaced by cold fuel engines (basically a tiny spacecraft engine) to make it fly. It’s actually supposed to look a lot like the flying DeLorean from Back to the Future: Part II.