Society faces many great challenges today, our environmental impact, depletion of resources and aging populations to mention a few. These are indeed great challenges and maybe our most important challanges, yet almost nothing is done on an individual individual level; the problem is bigger than me. This of course extends to the entrepreneurial realm, where there is a problem or a pain there is also an opportunity, but the point of entry to these areas are immense.
Elon Musk, an entrepreneur who actively develops industries which are holding us back from facing these big questions. He is co-founder of Paypal, SolarCity, Tesla and SpaceX. If you’re interested in his story:
Elon Musk, initially a secluded kid from South Africa, shows us that the private sector and entrepreneurs can affect the big picture.
SpaceX is one of the major private actors in the Space industry (as we learned from Karin Nilsdotter during her lecture titled “How about opportunities in Space?”), and has been the source of several innovations. Innovations which often aims to lower the cost to orbit trough reusability of equipment such as rockets and space crafts. Here is Elon musk revealing a new space capsule.
This is the Crew Dragon spacecraft design that we unveiled earlier this year: http://t.co/gmpcAuTgQf
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 16, 2014
My question to you, Karin Nilsdotter and Spaceport Sweden is: Do we have an Elon Musk whom will make the spaceport possible or do we even need an Elon Musk?
I would argue that Karin is the “Elon Musk” of Sweden, although I do not think it is fair to compare the two in the same scope nor present the question if there is need for an Elon Musk in Sweden. The climate is completely different between the two nations. The U.S. is years ahead of Sweden when it comes to space research and the support of it. There were a number of governmental and private organizations before SpaceX even existed – Musk was just more motivated and made things happen. Sweden is just beginning, if you will. Karin told us after her talk that she is still in talks with governmental agencies and there is still a lot of work to be done to finalize Spaceport Sweden. But nonetheless, the spaceport is becoming realized as we speak.
With that being said, Karin is a trend-setter and visionary much like Musk. It isn’t easy implementing something revolutionary as she is doing now, and as Musk did with SpaceX. They are both incredibly passionate about the next frontier and the commercialization of space among other things.
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