Without seeming overly self-involved, I've never been overly impressed with the Tesla electric cars. That's perhaps a bit unfair because Tesla certainly demonstrated a willingness to step outside the bounds of traditional automotive design and and manufacturing in an attempt to change the culture of transportation in the United States. I personally built my own electric conversion in 2007 and it was an amazing experience to learn first-hand the challenges facing EV functionality and acceptance. In my mind, the truth is, even today, its about batteries. Until there is a true revolution in the way we store energy, it is going to be difficult at best to compete with the magic that is pouring a liquid in a tank and driving for days. Honestly, that's a discussion that could dominate any blog post - and certainly has I'm sure.
That being said, this post is supposed to be about something that I Am truly impressed with. And when it comes to endeavors undertaken by the visionary founder of Tesla, the recent accomplishments of the SpaceX team is absolutely top notch. As a child growing up in the 70's and 80's with a mind for engineering, the programs of NASA stood as the epitome of engineering accomplishment. And while I know that the good men and women of NASA did amazing work, the recent evolution of privatized entries into the effort to to reach deeper into space, without the burden of ties to US Government budgets and bureaucracy , mark a true evolution in our culture. I am super proud of the accomplishments of the folks at SpaceX. There are thousands of engineers in the United States that find creative solutions to a myriad of problems every day. Some of them are perhaps more exciting than others (at least that's how it works out in my world). But there will always be something kinda cool about launching something off of the planet. And landing the boosters simultaneously back on the planet - well I give them a few extra kudos for style.
I'm excited about space again. I can't wait to see what they do next.