SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Says Fighter Jet Era Has Passed at Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando

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Musk says drone warfare will define future combat

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, and Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, speaks at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 28, 2020. (Mike Tsukamoto, Air Force Magazine image)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Step aside, fighter jets: autonomous drones and manned spaceflight are the future of military aerospace, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium here Feb. 28.

Musk, the serial entrepreneur and billionaire whose rockets take Pentagon sensors and satellites to space, believes drone warfare will define future combat while traditional manned fighter jets will fade in importance.

Artificial intelligence, he added, has the potential to be the most transformative technology of the near future.

“The fighter jet era has passed,” he said, eliciting a murmur in the mostly all Air Force crowd.

At the same time as a human in the cockpit may become less relevant on Earth, the business magnate argues that technological advancements in space will enable a greater role for humans beyond our atmosphere.

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