If you’d like some insight into the rise of SpaceX and its ambitious founder and CEO, you’re in luck — a new biography of Elon Musk comes out next week.
“Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” (HarperCollins, 2015), by tech journalist Ashlee Vance, will be released on May 19. But you can get a sneak peak at the Elon Musk bio now, via a lengthy excerpt published Thursday (May 14) on Bloomberg.com.
The excerpt traces the history of SpaceX, from Musk’s early dream to send mice to Mars through the company’s shaky first few years to now, when SpaceX is launching cargo missions to the International Space Station for NASA under a $1.6 billion deal — and preparing to loft astronauts by 2017 under a separate $2.6 billion contract with the space agency.
It hasn’t been easy, for Musk or for SpaceX. In 2008, for example, Musk filed for divorce from his wife Justine, and things weren’t going well with Tesla, the electric-car company Musk co-founded and currently serves as CEO. From the Bloomberg.com book excerpt:
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SOURCE: Space.com, Mike Wall