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Elon Musk tells Colbert why humanity *needs* a reusable rocket (video)

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Elon Musk, the closest thing we have to a real-life Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), visited the set of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report last night to chat about his various accomplishments as well as what’s in store for his future.

Naturally, host Stephen Colbert asked a set of tough questions, such as “So, at what point do you switch over from superhero to supervillain, and where would you hide your secret base?”

Jokes aside, the interview was actually pretty enlightening. Musk did his best to explain why we need a reusable rocket if we ever expect humanity to escape the planet indefinitely.

“The way rockets work now is that they’re single-use. And you can imagine if we had an aircraft or a car that was only good for a single use, not many people would use it because it would be too expensive,” Musk said. A reusable rocket, like the one Musk is attempting to build through his private space company, SpaceX, would drastically minimize that cost, which is the key in getting a spacecraft capable of traveling to Mars and back.

Check out the two-part interview embedded below for a better explanation of reusable vertical takeoff rockets, why he invited others to use Tesla patents without fear of lawsuits, and what’s taking us so long to develop personal jetpacks. (Also, other trivial factoids like what Musk named his own Tesla Model S car).

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14 comments
Kdot Cdot
Kdot Cdot

This is getting retarded. (saying Elon Musk is Tony Stark)

Elon has built zero new technology and none that comes close to a Tony Stark.


I'd be ok to compare him with real existing or even dead people, but even Jobs came up with something new (the iPad).

Electric cars existed since 1898 including hybrids, solar panels since 10 years, rockets too... Elon is a great marketer but you guys are really going full retard on the Tony Stark stuff.

Starter Noise
Starter Noise

Supposedly Jon Favreau - the screenwriter for Iron Man - was inspired by Elon Musk, so yeah. They're the same. lol

Chris Vicious
Chris Vicious

 Musk will surpass Stark, he's just getting started.

Aleš Nohel
Aleš Nohel

was way ahead of you with this, tho i needed to wait for rip/share/dwld grow up VB

Kdot Cdot
Kdot Cdot

He wasn't idiot. The whole movie is based on the comics stories. SpaceX was used to film Hammer Industries and Favreau did meet Elon.


Tony Stark is a character that existed before Elon Musk was even born.. Was based on Howard Hughes, who guess what, flew planes, built them and set records. 


You faggots really need to get a life and look up this thing called history and reality.