Tesla, SolarCity, and SpaceX have long been operating under a unifying economic vision to make things cheaper. He's now delivering rockets, electric cars, and solar panels at a fraction of the cost they once were a decade ago. His innovations reduce costs, not change what's possible. Take the Falcon 9. Its reusable first stage booster allows for cheaper space flights, but is hasn't changed our perspective.
The most exciting thing about Elon Musk is the Starship. It's the core of his mission to make humans a multi-planet species among the stars. This vehicle is not about economics. Unlike a Model X or a Falcon 9, this one is going to take humanity somewhere new. And his company is prioritizing reaching Mars above profit.
His update from Southern Texas this week shows that Starship will change everything, soon. In a matter of years, humans won't be confined by Earth's gravity. Since 2016, we knew Starship would be a fully reusable orbital-class rocket. But it's no longer a pipe dream. It's a standing prototype vehicle with some astounding specs. This update showed that the 3-year design evolution is coming to an end, and an orbital flight on a production vehicle is on the horizon, hopefully in the next year.
I'm stoked and inspired! I want to see this thing fly. What do you think? Could Starship be Elon's greatest achievement?