Just now, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering announced a new election list, a total of 111 members and 22 foreign members. The most interesting of the elected is none other than Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Musk is at the helm of several innovative companies in cutting-edge fields, including Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and is the richest man on earth.
Musk: I often describe myself as an engineer
February 9 news, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering released the 2021 National Academy of Engineering additional members list, this time a total of 111 members and 22 foreign members were selected. Among them, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was selected.
Regarding the reasons for the selection, NAE wrote that Musk, 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.
Also selected were Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, Gray Denise, president of LG Energy Solutions Michigan, and McDonald John, head of General Electric's Smart Grid business.
Gray Denise, president of LG Energy Solutions Michigan, is a leader in the development and production of electronic control and battery systems for electric passenger vehicle propulsion system applications.
McDonald John, head of GE's Smart Grid business development, has led the development of the smart grid and promoted the professional growth of power systems engineers.
Currently, the total number of members of the National Academy of Engineering reaches 2,388, and the number of international members reaches 310.
Public information shows that the U.S. National Academy of Engineering is the highest level of academic institutions in the United States engineering science and technology, founded in December 1964, is one of the more influential engineering institutions in the world. Being elected to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional honors for experts in the field of engineering.
Musk said on social media, "I usually describe myself as an engineer. That's basically what I've been doing since I was a kid."
It is worth noting that Musk's highest degree is a bachelor's degree. Publicly available information shows that Musk grew up in Pretoria, South Africa, and briefly attended the University of Pretoria before moving to Canada at age 17 to attend Queen's University. In 1995, he moved to California and attended Stanford University, but he dropped out soon after and decided to pursue a career in business.
The company said on Feb. 7 that it had taken an impairment loss of $101 million (about 642 million yuan) due to changes in the carrying value of bitcoin. "The 10-K annual report document disclosed that Tesla also received a subpoena from the SEC, which may be related to Musk's comments on social networking platforms.
NASA has some concerns about Musk's Starlink plan
It's worth noting that Musk's status as a Fellow is "Founder, CEO and Chief Engineer of SpaceX", but SpaceX has been in a lot of trouble lately.
In 2002, Musk officially founded SpaceX, a space exploration technology company, which aims to reduce the cost of rocket launches and realize the dream of migration to Mars.
On Feb. 22, 2018, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket and put two small experimental communication satellites into orbit. This is the start of Musk's ambitious global Internet satellite deployment plan, the "Starlink" project.
A few days ago, according to media reports, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing concerns about SpaceX's second-generation Starlink plans.
Musk's SpaceX has previously licensed about 12,000 satellites and has asked the FCC for authorization to launch a second-generation Starlink system that would launch about 30,000 more satellites.
NASA wrote in the letter that the agency is concerned that as more satellites are deployed in the Starlink program, the probability of collisions could increase significantly, with implications for NASA's science and human spaceflight missions.
NASA cited data that the total number of objects currently tracked in circumterrestrial orbit is 25,000 (including satellites and various types of space junk), while SpaceX's second-generation Starlink program will more than double the number of tracked objects in orbit.
Musk had revealed on Twitter last month that SpaceX currently has 1,469 satellites in active status and 272 about to enter operational orbit.
Previously, SpaceX's rival Amazon expressed similar concerns, with Amazon complaining to the FCC that Starlink's satellites could operate at the same altitude as the Kuiper system (Amazon's satellite program) and that the risk of overlapping orbits would greatly increase the risk and other burdens on the Kuiper system, and asking the FCC to impose reasonable conditions.
SpaceX made an announcement Wednesday local time that the company launched 49 satellites on Feb. 3, but as many as 40 satellites were lost to the storm and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere as a result of a solar storm that hit the next day.