Open Letter to Elon Musk


Dublin, Wednesday 31th October 2013: Pictured at the The Web Summit 2013, RDS. Photo by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media

Dublin, Wednesday 31th October 2013: Pictured at the The Web Summit 2013, RDS. Photo by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media

To Elon Musk:

You probably get a lot of interview requests from people like me, the independent blogger and Youtube channel owner who makes a living through creating content. It would not surprise me if you dismiss 99% of them as a waste of your time simply because the blog and/or Youtube channel does not get a large audience. However, if you see this request, it’s most likely because it went viral. Let’s keep the momentum going.

The real truth is that people are thrilled about what you and people like you are doing in space. Many people in my audience are not going to be placated by only a few sound bytes and a cool video of a new product reveal. Rocket launches are cool but the real stories behind those launches are even cooler. We realize that the lay public does not appreciate how much work goes into every successful rocket launch. My target audience has many questions.

  • What motivates you to work 60 to 80 hours a week on your businesses?
  • What’s the biggest hurdle you’ve faced so far with SpaceX?
  • You’ve mentioned that you would like to create a Martian colony of 80,000 people. How would your describe your ideal colonists? How do you think people should prepare for the possibility of joining a Martian colony?
  • What do you see as a reasonable plan and timeline for forming a viable Martian colony?
  • What do you see as some of the biggest obstacles that need to be overcome before a Martian colony can be created?
  • What do you think a successful Martian civilization would look like socially and economically? What form of government do you think such a civilization would use?
  • What are some things you wish people understood better about your goals for Mars?
  • How do you think successful Martian colonies will benefit humanity as a whole? What can the average person do to support a future Mars colony?

This is your chance to answer those questions without having your message filtered in any way. I do not censor anything my interviewees say, so you have a wide open platform. My philosophy when featuring people like you who are active in the aerospace community is that the one being interviewed should be the one doing most of the talking and the only message that matters is yours.

If you’d be interested in an interview with my Mars Interviews Youtube channel, you can reach me by email.