Not many people have had a year like Elon Musk and it doesn’t look like the billionaire has any plans on slowing down anytime soon. After hurricanes ravaged Puerto Rico and knocked out power to most of the tiny island, Tesla swooped in and helped power a children’s hospital that desperately needed to treat sick kids.
— Tesla (@Tesla) October 24, 2017
He built a massive lithium-ion battery, able to power up to 30,000 homes in case of an energy failure in South Australia. In 100 days.
Then, he used the 100MW battery to provide enegy 620 miles away when a coal power station had an outage – it Tesla’s invention kicked in almost instantaneously.
— Australian Wind Alliance (@AusWindAll) December 1, 2017
But Musk’s head was in the clouds – or, in outer space – and his sights were set on a successful SpaceX launch as they have been for years. He accomplished that mission in late December when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, which prompted people from all over Southern California to declare it was an alien invasion. It was the 18th successful launch of 2017 for the Falcon 9.
Possibly the most significant thing about the Falcon 9 rocket is that is reusable. In 2017, the majority of the rockets were recovered at a launch pad, meaning they took off and landed successfully. Some were recovered in the ocean by drone. He’s about to launch another Falcon 9 but this one may be more important for us on Earth than just a “wow” factor.