SpaceX founder Elon Musk secretly visited the Pentagon to speak with US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter about “innovation” earlier this week.
Elon Musk seems to enjoy being likened to Marvel’s Tony Stark, and in a response to a story by CNN which asked why the SpaceX founder quietly visited the Pentagon last week, the billionaire jokingly responded that the meeting was to discuss “something about a flying metal suit.”
In reality, it is highly speculated that Musk visited the US Department of Defense as a result of the latter’s interest in recruiting twelve individuals to serve on an advisory board that “have successfully led large private and public organizations, and excelled at identifying and adopting new technology concepts”. Watch: Footage of SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 landing
The advisory board, which is headed by Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt, reflects a new interest of the Department of Defense; namely, that of technological innovation in the private sector.
While the advisory board has yet to announce any new members (do we need to wait for a full-on Avengers-style announcement?) Musk has previously dealt with the US military.
In April, Musk’s SpaceX was awarded a contract with the US Air Force to the tune of $87.2 million USD, which will see both agencies launch a GPS satellite in May of 2018. SpaceX was first given approval to undertake a satellite launch in May this year.
Many of Musk’s high profile projects have become prolific, with the SpaceX founder having recently revealed his desire to send a manned mission to Mars by 2024. Read: Musk wants to send astronauts to Mars by 2024
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