Elon Musk’s space project – SpaceX, is after a farmer. The announcement came via a job posting this week.
Now hold your horses, just like many of us, you may well have become intrigued by the possibility that Musk and Co. were investigating the possibility of farming on Mars. It turns out that this is probably not the case.
The posting itself is quite earth-related –
Perform practical farm activities, e.g. driving tractors, operating machinery, spraying fields, etc.
Procure equipment and supplies, e.g. tractors, implements, fertilizer and seed
Perform or arrange for the maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment
Maintain, monitor, and perform actions as necessary to increase the quality of crop yield
Agriculture.com (via The Verge) says that the posting is probably to do with SpaceX’s finances rather than Martian exploration. They suggest that it’s all down to the tax exemptions that can be brought by declaring land as farm land, as well as the purchase of farming equipment.
Anyway, if you are a farmer in McGregor, Texas and you’re interested in space, this job could be a nice fit.
Source: The Verge