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Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX is launching astronauts for Nasa

SpaceX was shortlisted for evaluation under the Nasa cargo programme in 2006. But by 2008, SpaceX and Tesla, the electric car manufacturer in which Musk had invested, were running low on cash. Musk was faced with an impossible choice: “I could either split the funds that I had between the two companies, or focus it on one company – with certain death for the other,”

he told Business Insider in 2013.

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