Musk: Please call me “Academician Ma” from today

2022-04-30 0 By

Musk once described himself as a “kind of crazy engineer.”The author | Zheng Xuanma label of engineers, the national certification.Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk have been elected members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the us Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced today.Founded in December 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NCAE) is the highest level academic institution in the field of engineering science in the United States.Being elected to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional honors granted to engineers.According to the NAE website, the institute members to recognize the “engineering research has made an outstanding contribution, practice, or education, including where appropriate literature made a significant contribution in engineering”, and “technical field, in the development of new and significant progress was made in the field of traditional engineering, or a development/implementation of engineering education innovation method”.Besides scientific research scholars, founders of science and technology enterprises and technicians who have made outstanding achievements are also frequent members of the NATIONAL Academy of Engineering.Musk, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX and Neuralink, has long been a symbol of the engineer spirit among geeks.Musk is arguably more deserving than any other founder or CEO.Musk, the founder, CEO and chief engineer of SpaceX, “has made breakthroughs in the design, engineering, manufacturing and operation of reusable launch vehicles and sustainable transportation and energy systems,” NAE said.A total of 111 academicians and 22 foreign academicians were selected in this round.Musk was joined by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna, and Kathleen Bergeron, Vice president of hardware engineering at Apple.With the newly elected academicians, the total number of NATIONAL Academy of Engineering academicians in the US has reached 2,388, and the number of international academicians has reached 310.Musk has become the richest man in the world thanks to the soaring stock price of Tesla over the past two years.But musk is still an engineer at heart.According to public sources, Musk grew up in South Africa.Moved to Canada at 17 to study at Queen’s University.Two years later, he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and physics.In 1995, he moved to California and attended Stanford University, but he soon dropped out and decided to go into business.During musk’s first visit to China in 2014, he described himself as a “kind of crazy engineer” at the Singularity conference in Geek Park.Under the stage, Zhang Peng, the founder of Geek Park, asked him why he wanted to be the CEO of two companies.Musk’s answer: “I don’t really want to be a CEO. What I really want is an engineer who can design and implement products as he sees fit.”Today, Musk’s engineering dream is becoming a reality, and the cae honor is just a small milestone in that story.It’s worth noting that while musk is the CEO of multiple tech companies, he was elected to the American Academy of Engineering as SpaceX’s “founder, CEO and chief engineer.”SpaceX was founded in 2002 to lower the cost of launching rockets and fulfill Musk’s dream of colonizing Mars.SpaceX’s early $100m funding came from Mr Musk’s sale of Paypal, the company he founded.SpaceX is now valued at more than $100 billion, making it the world’s third largest unicorn after Bytedance and Ant Group, according to Hurun’s Global Unicorn List 2021.”Rocket recovery” and “Starlink” have been two key words for SpaceX in recent years.The former has brought Musk worldwide fame, while the latter, in addition to fame, has caused trouble for SpaceX and Musk.Musk’s goal in building SpaceX is to enable mass manned space transportation, and rocket recovery is a key technology to achieve that goal.Rockets are expensive to build and launch, costing hundreds of millions or even hundreds of millions of dollars each time.This means that the cost of launching a rocket could be significantly reduced if it could be recovered and repeated.In December 2015, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket and completed the first stage of a rocket recovery mission 10 minutes after liftoff. It was the first orbiter capable of a first-stage rocket recovery.In December 2020, SpaceX successfully launched Sirius XM’s newest radio satellite on its seventh recycled Falcon 9 rocket, setting a new record for the number of reusable rockets it has used.By recycling rocket technology and achieving a significant cost reduction, Mr Musk’s other initiative, Starlink, has generated considerable recent controversy.In January 2015, Musk announced plans for SpaceX’s satellite Internet service.SpaceX plans to launch about 12,000 communications satellites into orbit and begin work in 2020.The project is called Starlink, and it could provide low-cost Internet connectivity around the world.The first Starlink satellite was sent into space in 2018, and SpaceX completed its 36th Starlink mission in January 2022, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites to more than 2,000.SpaceX has received federal Communications Commission permission to launch a total of 12,000 Starlink satellites, while SpaceX has applied to the FCC to launch 30,000 more.According to media reports, NASA sent a letter to the FEDERAL Communications Commission (FCC) expressing concerns about SpaceX’s second-generation Starlink plan.In the letter, NASA wrote that the agency was concerned that as starlink deployed more satellites, the probability of collisions could increase significantly, with implications for NASA’s science and manned space missions.SpaceX’s Starlink 2 plan will more than double the current total of 25,000 tracked objects in earth orbit (including satellites and various types of space junk), ACCORDING to NASA, citing data.In fact, Starlink is not the only problem for NASA. The European Space Agency and the Chinese Space Agency have also had their spacecraft threatened by starlink.In September 2019, esa’s Fengshen weather satellite had a near collision with SpaceX’s Starlink 44 satellite.The Esa decided that the US satellite would not change its orbit based on earlier communication records, so it issued an order to fire the Fengshen satellite three times to change its orbit, avoiding an accident.At the end of 2021, news that China’s space station had made two emergency collisions with the Starlink satellite attracted attention.According to documents submitted by China to the United Nations, the Starlink satellite launched by SpaceX in 2021 came close to the Chinese space station twice.The first occurred on July 1 and the second on October 21, when the Chinese space station complex performed emergency collision avoidance twice due to safety concerns.Do you think Musk deserves to be named an academician?