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Musk electric jet

The Musk electric jet is a jet-powered supersonic electric aircraft concept by technology business magnate and serial entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Specific design concepts for a vertical-takeoff-and-landing supersonic electric jet were first made public by Musk in 2014. The concept includes a large percentage of the aircraft by weight being made up of high-capacity batteries and significantly decreasing the amount of aircraft structure devoted to control surfaces, depending to a greater extent on "gimbaling the electric fan" for control of aircraft attitude.[1]


Musk had publicly mentioned the supersonic electric jet idea as early as 2012.[2][3] Initial public discussion of the design concepts behind the design was in 2014 at the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium.[1] Musk has brainstormed requirements with Sergey Brin and Larry Page.[4]

Musk continued to be publicly open on the idea in 2015[5] and, in early 2016, told students at a design competition that he had been "thinking about the vertical takeoff and landing electric jet a bit more ... I think I have something that might be close."[6] "I’m quite tempted to do something about it."[7]

During a very brief cameo in the 2010 film Iron Man 2, Musk mentioned that he had "an idea for an electric jet."[8] It is unknown whether Musk had already been working on the design.

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  1. ^ a b Charlton, Jonathan (2014-11-11). "Elon Musk 'Toying' with Designs for Electric Jet". Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Elon Musk says he's planning a 'supersonic, electric hover jetplane'". The Register. 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Elon Musk Just May Have to Develop an Electric Supersonic Jet". Bloomberg Business. 2013-08-08. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  4. ^ Eadicicco, Lisa (2015-05-12). "Google has a secret apartment in which Larry Page and Elon Musk meet to discuss crazy ideas about the future". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  5. ^ Thompson, Cadie (2015-10-13). "Elon Musk says he has a design for an electric jet". Tech Insider. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  6. ^ Morris, David Z. (2016-01-31). "MIT Wins Hyperloop Competition, And Elon Musk Drops In". Fortune. Retrieved 2016-02-01. I'm quite tempted to do something about it. 
  7. ^ Heisler, Yoni (2016-02-07). "Elon Musk's next great idea? An electric jet that can take off and land vertically". BGR. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  8. ^ Kim Stockton (2012-04-02), Elon Musk in Iron Man 2, retrieved 2016-09-27