Elon Musk wants to help Boeing with its problems

Elon Musk

Boeing has been having some major problems lately and Elon Musk is offering a helping hand.

Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Tweeted that “Maybe already under control, but Tesla & SpaceX are happy to help with the 787 lithium ion batteries.”

Whether he’s serious or not is up to you to decide. The South African native founded SpaceX back in 2002 and helped the company land a $1.6 billion investment from NASA. That money led to the docking of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule with the International Space Station and marked the first time a commercial spacecraft flew a mission to the ISS to deliver supplies.

Investigations into the Dreamliner problems are still ongoingAfter a flurry of lithium-ion battery problems and emergency landings in Japan, the Federal Aviation Administration last week ordered all U.S.-based airlines to ground Boeing 787 Dreamliners until it’s proven that the batteries are safe and in compliance. That motion followed a similar move by the Japanese government.

Previously on GeekWire: Boeing develops 3D technology to help build planes, dock aircraft

  • NOBAMA

    Musk is too busy enjoying his taxpayer subsidized $17 million mansion in Bel Air!

  • http://twitter.com/masimons Mike Simons

    But it was also posted that the battery mfg has had NASA testing their batteries for years now and has approved them for space station replacements. Makes you wonder if was the same thing or not.

  • Guest

    Thank you, Elon! I’m certain Boeing appreciates the help.

  • NoClass

    In the words of Fat Albert: No class!

    If he really wants to help he would be contacting Boeing directly.

    This is just a self-centered self-promoter trying to use someone else’s problems as a platform for his own publicity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roland.delhomme Roland Delhomme

    The Nov. 2006 Boeing 787 battery fire and explosion that leveled Securaplane Technologies’ HQ facilitiy outside Tuscon, AZ occurs to me; their charger was the centerpiece of a whistleblower lawsuit that exposes how much you’ve all been kept in the dark since before you knew that the 787 had Li Ion batteries…
    Google “Securaplane whistleblower’ and see how you feel about being jerked around for two weeks as investigators and media direct your attention to the battery manufacturer and away from the other critical player in this saga. Last I checked, Tuscon was part of the United States, and Japan was a little further out; how did it take this long to put investigators on the trail when so much of the story revolves around what happens when you put charge to those batteries?

  • Knowhow

    Hope this helps:

    Disparities in EV Battery Philosophy and Tesla’s Hidden Advantage

  • Knowhow

    Google it:

    Disparities in EV Battery Philosophy and Tesla’s Hidden Advantage

  • Knowhow

    There’s an insightful comment by Chris B in that article:

    It looks like Boeing followed neither of the philosophies presented here when it comes to the Yuasa batteries they’re using! Either make the thing (mostly) impossible to fail or figure out how to guarantee functionality with some failures. The 787 appears to be doing neither. So any improvement there would be welcome, but the author is persuasive that the Tesla approach is the better of the two.