Inside the ‘awkward,’ ‘tense,’ and ‘heated’ private meeting between Elon Musk and Texans whom SpaceX is trying to buy out to fully realize its vision to reach Mars – Business Insider

Inside the ‘awkward,’ ‘tense,’ and ‘heated’ private meeting between Elon Musk and Texans whom SpaceX is trying to buy out to fully realize its vision to reach Mars – Business Insider

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Elon Musk shared new details about SpaceX's planned Mars-capable crewed launch system, called Starship, on September 28. SpaceX is developing and launching Starship prototypes next to Boca Chica Village, a small neighborhood of retiree-age residents in South Texas. Citing concerns about safety and disruptions, the rocket company recently offered to buy out everyone's homes in the area. But most residents initially balked at the deal. While he was in town for his highly anticipated talk, Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, met privately with some of the residents. Villagers who attended the meeting described it as "awkward, " "tense, " and "heated, " but ultimately productive in that they felt Musk — and SpaceX — listened to their complaints. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Hours after fans cheered him on-stage in South Texas, Elon Musk walked into a morass: a private meeting with perturbed locals whose properties that SpaceX, the rocket company Musk founded, had recently offered to buy out. Residents say Musk attentively listened to their concerns and squashed some of their fears about the buyout process. But they described their roughly half-hour encounter with the tech mogul as "awkward, " "tense, " "heated, " "confused, " ....


The person attended the private meeting but asked not to be named. Why Musk met with villagers in southeastern Texas A prototype of SpaceX's Starship, called Mk 1, rocket is seen at the company's South Texas launch facility in Boca Chica on September 28, 2019. Future versions of Starship are designed to be massive enough to take people to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Loren Elliott/Getty Images Musk's main task for the trip was delivering a highly anticipated update on SpaceX's plans for a next-generation rocket system, called Starship. If realized, an operational 39-story launch vehicle may one day fly people to the moon and help colonists move to Mars, perhaps for the price of a modest home. "The critical breakthrough that's needed for us to become a space-faring civilization is to make space travel like air travel, " Musk said during his presentation while standing before a 16-story steel prototype. Critical to making such a breakthrough, though, is room to safely build, test, and launch such Starship prototypes — vehicles which Musk has said last year might explode (though this is a risky reality of any rocket-test program). SpaceX has mostly used Boca Chica for ....

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