SpaceX news: Elon Musk is the Thomas Edison of the 21st century, claims veteran astronaut – Express.co.uk

Elon Musk and his Amazon counterpart, Jeff Bezos, are in the midst of a spaceflight industry revolution. An international team of scientists and astronauts has praised the two moguls for pushing the envelope in spaceflight technology. Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk likened the two pioneers to the 19th-century inventor Thomas Edison.

The astronaut said: Musk and Bezos are not crazy, theyre the Thomas Edisons of the 21st century.

Im a big fan of them, their vision and the work that they have been able to do so far.

Frank De Winne and I are colleagues, who following spaceflight, have become ambassadors for this notion that space can be used as a way to encourage people in their educational path towards STEM careers.

The astronaut spoke about the SpaceX and Blue Origins founders during a panel dedicated to the future of human spaceflight.

Mr Thirsk was joined by fellow astronaut Frank De Winne from Belgium who served on the International Space Station (ISS).

The other panellists included former NASA scientist Dr Mark Shelhamer, NASA Apollo programme scientist Professor Laurence Young, Floris Wuyts of the University of Antwerp and the Minster of Information for space nation Asgardia Lena De Winne.

The panellists have all agreed Mr Musk and Mr Bezos have disrupted the spaceflight industry.

They were, however, sceptical about some of the loftier goals presented by the self-made billionaires.

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