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Elon Musk and Tesla Spying on China? Hey, It's Possible.

Sean McDermott

Posted on March 21, 2021 07:13

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Elon Musk was facing heat on Saturday about accusations from the Chinese government that the camera technology in Tesla vehicles could be used to pick up sensitive information related to national security, and based on Musk's alliance with another organization historically complicit in espionage (NASA), China's accusations might not be so far-fetched.

Elon Musk was defensive yesterday while speaking at the virtual China Development Forum. Musk, the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, was responding to accusations by the Chinese government that Tesla's vehicles contain camera technology which can be used for nefarious spy tactics. Musk rebutted the claims by saying Tesla would be forced to "shut down," and added there would be nothing to gain from fitting his cars for espionage. Whether or not Musk was being sincere about Tesla's vehicles will remain a mystery for now. Nonetheless, being the founder of his alternate venture, SpaceX, raises curiosity because they now work closely with NASA; an organization with a long history of either creating reconnaissance satellites and/or shuttling them into orbit

First off, Elon Musk's SpaceX was tasked to work with NASA just a few short years after tragedy struck the space shuttle program in the U.S. In 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia met an ill-fate upon re-entry to Earth when a large chunk of foam flew off of its external tank, struck a wing, and caused the ship to break apart; instantly killing the seven member crew. 

After Columbia's catastrophe, and when the International Space Station's construction was completed, NASA's new goal was to find inexpensive means to transport astronauts and cargo to the ISS. After reviewing multiple companies, NASA chose Elon Musk's SpaceX in 2006; awarding the company $1.6 billion for their collaboration. With NASA now tied to Musk and SpaceX, it is important to keep in mind how deep NASA's role in the spy game was for many, many years.

While NASA was being run by the military shortly after it was created, it played a major role in the space race as well as keeping a close eye on Russia's missile program. From the late 1950's to the early 1970's, NASA created the Corona Program that sent multiple reconnaissance satellites into space to photograph key targets well within Russian borders. In 1990, NASA also carried classified Misty satellites into orbit from the Space Shuttle Atlantis on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO.)

Be it that SpaceX is a relatively young company that just started working with NASA that they might not yet be complicit in transporting spy hardware, right? Wrong. SpaceX has already begun launching spy satellites, as evident here

Meanwhile, China has banned Tesla vehicles from numerous areas citing their cameras can reveal sensitive government targets within vicinity of their vehicles. China hasn't indicated what, if any, specific targets were compromised by a Tesla vehicle, but the proverbial cat is out of the bag about one of Musk's companies already playing spy games up in the sky. The $1.6 billion contract to be NASA's chauffeur to the ISS shows there is a motive to gain from a governmental organization seeking help, so is he doing on the ground as he has done in the sky? 

Hey, it's not impossible! 

Sean McDermott

Posted on March 21, 2021 07:13

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