Elon Musk has a source of inspiration and it is responsible for the space quest that signifies his agency SpaceX.
Julian Guthrie wrote a book titled "How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight". This book tells the story about an entrepreneur Peter Diamandis. According to HuffingtonPost, the story is about his idea for a $10 million space prize, and the group of dreamers, engineers, rocket enthusiasts and aviation designers from across the globe who entered the race to become the first team to privately build and fly a rocket to the start of space.
Peter Diamandis made his way to the Skybar. This happens to be a rooftop bar that sells drinks in Los Angeles. He wanted to hook up with two young dudes who had made quite a fortune in the dotcom bonanza.
He had a dream. It was to send a machine and man into space without any aid from the government. These two blokes could help him in his endeavor.
He wrote down their names just to be sure that everything went well. One was Adeo Ressi and the other one was Elon Musk. While Peter normally enjoyed the gusto of a meeting where a deal was to be struck, this time he found the atmosphere rather low key in its nature.
Adeo was a thin chap who stood in a cool way looking out at the LA landscape. He informed Peter that Elon Musk would be there within no time. The day and date were Sunday, June 3rd, 2001. All three were to have dinner together. Soon a warm conversation started between Adeo and Peter.
According to Adeo, he and Musk had been riding in a vehicle when he said as a joke that “why don’t we go into space?”. To this Elon responded with the answer “why not!” at which Adeo looked puzzled yet inspired.
A debate began between the two. Such questions were bandied back and forth like “why does it cost so much?”, “why rely on the government alone?” and “is outer space a better place?” and the badinage proved fruitful.
By the time the car ride had ended, both men had struck a lasting friendship and were pretty clear as to what their goals were in the first place.
By the time Adeo had related this much to Peter, Musk arrived and joined the two. He hastily apologized for being late. The three ordered a vast array of tasty dishes from the restaurant menu.
Peter found Elon to be an affable fellow right from the start. Talk turned to outer space. Peter mentioned his XPRIZE venture and his company’s objectives in passing. He also spoke of how NASA tried to put obstacles in his path yet he was successful in the final analysis.
While Peter had his eyes set on a definite goal which was bold, both Adeo and Elon had even bolder plans. They wanted to go to Mars. This was a very daring claim to make way back then.
Peter tried to set reality checks on their high hopes by saying that the funding for such a mission was not child’s play.
According to Peter, the rich individuals who were ready to provide funds had their own agenda and did not normally see eye to eye with the agencies they were financing. As Elon heard Peter speak, he felt that the man did have a point.
So talk turned to planning a reasonable budget for the whole endeavor. Peter was a little surprised by the talk of a couple of million dollars that took place like ping pong between Adeo and Elon.
He was the cautious one of the three. Elon spoke of how the trips to the moon and ultimately Mars had been stopped dead in their tracks which was a shame.
Elon seemed to have the Red Planet on his mind as an obsession of sorts. He couldn’t speak of anything else. Mars was like a gem in the night sky for Elon Musk.
Finally, Peter began to listen in earnest to Elon. Yet he could not let go of lending his input in the lively and exciting conversation. At last, he said that maybe the budget for a one-way journey to Mars could be brought down to one billion dollars.
At this Elon and Adeo were all ears. Peter explained his idea for this to be a success to the two. Elon was very interested in the whole scheme. As for Adeo, he opted to be a part of the XPRIZE board. The meeting was a success and it had been a true meeting of minds.
As the three shook hands and left for their respective homes, Peter thought about the whole episode which had just transpired. He was enthused to say the least. While he was not as young as Adeo or Musk, he made up for their limitless enthusiasm by dint of his extra experience.
He thought to himself that he had planted seeds in the minds of these two enterprising individuals especially the dynamic and daring Elon Musk. Maybe this cross-fertilization of thoughts and ideas might bear fruit in the future. Such was indeed to be the case as regards Elon Musk.