Could Elon Musk become Captain America, defender of the homeland?
The SpaceX CEO weighed in on the North Korean missile crisis Monday afternoon, saying his rocket company could help defend against long-range missile attacks.
Musk responded to a question from a fan about SpaceX focusing on defending against North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The space entrepreneur noted the company could help, but said he was confident the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies “have this covered.”
“The danger is def high for South Korea, due to proximity, but much less for distant targets like the US. (South Korea) anti-missile tech is excellent,” Musk tweeted.
We certainly could, but, while not suggesting complacency, I’m confident that the US DoD and intelligence orgs have this covered
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 14, 2017
North Korea has launched test missiles with range to reach the continental United States. The country also may have miniaturized a nuclear warhead to go atop a long-range rocket.
Trump vowed “fire and fury” to retaliate against the regime. But senior administration officials have said the United States has no interest in toppling the dictator or inflecting harm against impoverished and oppressed North Koreans.
For now, SpaceX remains focused on peaceful rocket missions . The space company on Monday made its 12th successful commercial re-supply launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to support NASA and the International Space Station.
The Dragon spacecraft was filled with more than three tons of supplies, including materials to support science and research on the station. SpaceX has a contract to fly up to 20 missions to the space station for NASA.
Photo: The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 18, 2016. (John Raoux/AP)