The end of the year is a time for summing up the results, and awarding those who have received recognition. There is no doubt that 2020 was not very easy, but rather difficult for everyone. But, despite the raging viral crisis, there are companies in the world that not only passed it with dignity, but also strengthened their positions in all parameters and areas. In this case, we are talking about Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and Boring Co, and of course the «captain» of these companies, Elon Musk.
During the week, Musk won two awards at once — the All-Stars Awards, awarded by the industry publication Automotive News, and the Axel Springer 2020.
Elon Musk was named the Industry Newsmaker of the Year by the All-Stars Awards, and the Axel Springer 2020 Award is given to someone who is recognized by the jury as an outstanding personality who exhibits extraordinary innovative ability, who creates and changes markets, shapes culture, while carrying social responsibility. High definitions, but absolutely correctly describing Elon’s merits, especially this year, when the world was shaken by an unprecedented crisis. At the same time, the tireless work of Elon and the teams of all his companies gave people hope for a better future. And of course, it should be noted that the voice of Elon Musk sounds like the voice of reason in the ocean of media bacchanalia.
So, point by point. With what is coming to the end of the year Elon Musk and his company
In China, the construction of the 2nd phase of the Giga Shanghai has been completed. Now the company’s factory complex in Shanghai has all the necessary capacities for almost 100% localization of production, which gives #tesla a huge advantage and prospects in the automotive market in China and neighboring countries.
Near Berlin, in the state of Brandenburg, the construction of the European plant Giga Berlin has begun. The pace of its construction is not inferior to the Chinese, and in a year, European Model 3 and Model Y will come to buyers from the walls of this enterprise.
The construction of a new American Tesla plant in Texas — Giga Texas — has also begun. Let’s not forget about Tesla Solar Roof & Powerwall, and the fulfillment of contracts for the construction of energy storage battery stations. Of course, remember the presentation at Tesla Battery Day of the revolutionary 4680 battery cell, which in the near future will significantly improve the energy and consumer properties of electric vehicles and energy storage devices.
And of course, all of the above has allowed Tesla to become the world’s # 1 car company. And here you don’t even need to compare market capitalization indicators. Let’s take a look and summarize the growing production potential of the company, the demand for electric vehicles, as well as solar roofs and solar power systems, and the policies of most of the leading developed and developing countries for decarbonization of transport and energy. As a result, a puzzle is formed on which we see the logo of the leader of this movement — Tesla.
Elon Musk’s space company is also the undisputed industry leader. Now, perhaps, there is no such person on Earth who would not know about the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, the Crew Dragon manned spacecraft, the Starlink satellite Internet system, and of course the Starship. And this is all one company. This year, SpaceX is the leader in the number of launches and spacecraft launched. Falcon 9 has already crossed the mark of 100 launches and successful landings, proving to the whole world the effectiveness of reusable technology for the first stage of the launch vehicle. Operation of the manned spacecraft Crew Dragon began this year. Now the second American crew is on the ISS, delivered there by the spacecraft of the Elon Musk company. And here, in the competitive struggle, #spacex has bypassed the former long-term leader, the Russian «Roscosmos». SpaceX took the lion’s share of the commercial launch market, thanks to cheaper launches using the reusable Falcon 9 launch vehicle, and with the help of #crew dragon, it deprived Roskosmos of the proceeds from the delivery of American (and other) astronauts to the ISS, and takes the space tourism market. It’s nothing personal — it’s business. The one who is more efficient wins the market.
And of course the Starlink system. Now, when the orbit is even slightly less than 1/4 of the minimum required number of satellites to start the full commercial operation of the system, the stage of commercial beta testing has already begun. Those who signed up for this program already purchase a set of #starlink equipment and use it for its intended purpose. The system works and it works well. The geography of countries where Starlink will officially work is expanding. In addition to the United States, these are Canada, Australia, negotiations are underway with India.
Let’s not forget about the Starship plane. Assembly of prototypes has been established in Boca Chica. Now work is underway to assemble elements for SN15. And, buried several times by some Russian media, the SN8 prototype is preparing to fly to an altitude of 15 km.
I will not dwell on #neuralink and #boring Co. So far, there are no super interesting results, but the companies are working quite successfully and stably.
Here we see with our own eyes the vitality of the thesis about the role of the individual in history. Elon has effectively turned four of the world’s largest industries — automotive, energy, space and telecommunications. Yes, he became one of the richest people on Earth. But that is not the goal.
Axel Springer CEO Matthias Döpfner said why he chose Musk as the award winner, “As one of the most creative entrepreneurs and the most brilliant engineers in the digital age, Elon Musk inspires a generation. He combines great visions with an indomitable will to achieve them. With the help of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk has turned entire industries upside down, and his pursuit is indomitable. He is motivated by the goal of making the life of humanity better. And not in small steps, but fundamentally turning the way we do things upside down. With incredible success «
During the event, Döpfner interviewed Musk and asked: «… When do you think people will actually land on Mars for the first time?»
Elon Musk: “I feel confident enough to say that in six years … Synchronization of the Earth with Mars occurs approximately every 26 months … If we are lucky, maybe in four years. We want to try to send an unmanned vehicle there in two years. ”
Musk: “Maybe in 2 or 3 years. I am most interested in developing technologies that will allow many people to go to Mars and make life multi-planetary; have a base on the moon, a city on Mars. I consider it important to create a self-sufficient city on Mars as soon as possible. I mean, I’m optimistic about the future on Earth, but it’s important to have insurance for life in general. «
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