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Mar 6, 2020

Elon Musk’s Australian Battery Farm Has Saved $116 Million AUD In Two Years

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, energy, food, sustainability

Elon Musk was challenged to fix South Australia’s energy problem in 2017, and just two years on he’s saved Australians millions.

Mar 6, 2020

Elon Musk Wants to Build a New Starship Every 72 Hours So He Can Colonize Mars

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Elon Musk is bulking up his rocket-building workforce—big time. Ars Technica visited the Texas home of SpaceX, where Musk was calling a meeting on a Sunday “morning” at 1 a.m. There’s a lot to unpack here.

To start, Musk is worried that our window of opportunity to make it to Mars is closing—so we better hurry up. After the 1 a.m. meeting, SpaceX added over 250 new employees in two days, representing a full doubling of the workforce.

Ars Technica visited the day after the major Starship prototype implosion that made news earlier this week. The SN1 prototype blew up as a direct result of weak welds. It sounds like everyone involved knew this prototype was faulty and told Musk so when he asked, and he insists it was never designed to fly for real anyway.

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Mar 6, 2020

Tesla Solar Roof: Elon Musk-shared image reveals its best feature

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

The company’s solar-storing tiles are making waves.

Mar 4, 2020

Podcast #42: Going to Mars, featuring Moriba Jah

Posted by in categories: biological, economics, Elon Musk, engineering, space travel

Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking are not alone in their calls for humanity to become a multi-planetary species. But they certainly are the most visible advocates for space colonization. And while the moon might be the most obvious jumping off point to the solar system and beyond, nothing stands out as a potential site for long term settlement more than Mars.

But just how realistic is sending astronauts to the Red Planet anytime soon–let alone colonizing it permanently? The obstacles are many, and aerospace engineering may well be the least of them. The human biological, psychological tolss and survival strategies–radiation, low gravity, isolation and the marshalling air, water, and food resources–all stand in the way. And then there is the economic cost and the political and public will. In this edition of Seeking Delphi,™ I talk to former NASA Mars mission navigator, Moriba Jah, about the many challenges of leaving of our home planet.

Mar 2, 2020

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is getting a giant cloak for key military missions

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, military, space travel

Elon Musk’s giant rocket is getting a bizarrely-shaped tower.

Mar 2, 2020

Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship

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The partial rocket named “SN1” literally buckled under pressure.

Mar 1, 2020

SpaceX’s founder tells US Air Force the era of fighter jets is ending

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Elon Musk also shared some thoughts on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Feb 23, 2020

Tesla Model 3 gets 350-mile in new ‘long range mode’ test

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

CEO Elon Musk congratulated the Tesla team after the Model 3 got 350 miles of range on a single charge in a new test on range mode.

Officially, Tesla Model 3 Long Range had a range of 310 miles on a single charge, but Tesla has found some optimizations in recent months – leading to an increase of EPA-rated range to 322 miles.

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Feb 23, 2020

Elon Musk shares the science fiction book series that inspired him to start SpaceX

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

As a teenage boy, Elon Musk felt a “personal obligation” for the fate of mankind, according to the book “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance.

Musk’s love of books and the lessons he took from them inspired him to create “cleaner energy technology or [build] spaceships to extend the human species’s reach” in the future, according to Vance.

One set of those books Musk still recommends today: the seven-book “Foundation” science fiction series by scientist and author Isaac Asimov.

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Feb 17, 2020

How billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and provocative men in tech

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, space travel, sustainability

It seems like there’s nothing Elon Musk can’t do.

As CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, founder of The Boring Company, and cofounder of OpenAI and Neuralink, Musk seems to be everywhere all at once, pushing all kinds of futuristic technologies. He’s said he won’t be happy until we’ve escaped Earth and colonized Mars.

Between space rockets, electric cars, solar batteries, and the billions he’s made along the way, Musk is basically a real-life Tony Stark — which is why he served as an inspiration for Marvel’s 2008 “Iron Man” film.

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