To the sound of applause, the rocket launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The billionaire technologist appeared on "The Joe Rogan Experience," saying: "I think people should be nice to each other."
"I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what's actually going on and stop defending child rapists," the billionaire wrote to a reporter.
The Tesla and Space X CEO was embroiled in a Twitter back-and-forth with users who were critical of a previous outburst.
"I was not on weed, to be clear," Musk said while discussing the sending of a controversial tweet about Tesla.
Martin Tripp, 40, is currently embroiled in a high-profile legal battle with his former employer.
"We had talked about it about a year before, about what he wanted to do with his future, and it didn't really involve him being on the show."
The rapper said she had been snubbed over the weekend after being invited to Musk's home to record music with his pop star girlfriend Grimes.
Billionaire technologist Musk said multiple meetings with a Saudi wealth fund, which recently bought almost 5 percent of Tesla stock through the public markets, had taken place over the past two years.
Musk has previously warned that artificial intelligence could be the impetus of World War III or a robot dictatorship.
Musk's Mars ambitions have started to look more like fantasy.
Are we really going to toss aside all dreams of space colonization just to target Elon Musk with snide headlines?
"We just really wanted to be respectful of that character and send him off in a great way."
Tesla executives say the company will produce 50,000 to 55,000 Model 3 vehicles in the coming months.
Twitter: "We're testing new measures to challenge accounts that use terms commonly associated with spam."
"The decision to take a human life should never be delegated to a machine."
"As we danced at our wedding reception, Elon told me, 'I am the alpha in this relationship.'"
Vernon Unsworth says the case "is not finished."
One journalist, Elon Musk complained, had sent him a "mean tweet" on his birthday.
The goal, which comes in the final days of Tesla's second financial quarter, was to produce 5,000 Model 3 vehicles in a week.