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Apr 7, 2021

SpaceX Starship SN 11 Findings and Fixes

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

Elon Musk has given us his findings to why the SpaceX Starship SN 11 exploded above the landing pad.
I explore fixes from a system safety standpoint. See what I recommend.

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Apr 4, 2021

Tickets to Mars Will Eventually Cost Less Than $500,000, Elon Musk Says

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Circa 2019


SpaceX’s Mars ships won’t be ferrying just the super rich to and from the Red Planet, if everything goes according to Elon Musk’s plan.

The price of a seat aboard SpaceX’s Starship interplanetary vehicle will eventually drop enough to be accessible to a large chunk of the industrialized world’s population, the billionaire entrepreneur predicted over the weekend.

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Apr 4, 2021

Carbon capture technology has been around for decades — here’s why it hasn’t taken off

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Elon Musk is going to pay $100 million towards a prize to come up with the best carbon capture technology. (Or so he tweets. Details are scarce so far.)

The maverick tech CEO’s promise is not particularly notable for its generosity. With a net worth of over $200 billion, $100 million is 0.05% of Musk’s wealth.

But still, the richest person in the world’s tweet brings attention to an often-overlooked technology that has been around since the 1970s but has mostly been relegated to niche corners of the energy community.

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Apr 3, 2021

Testing Elon Musk’s Starlink: Is It Really a Rural Internet Game Changer?

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

SpaceX’s new Starlink satellite internet service is being touted as a rural internet game changer. WSJ spent time with a few beta testers in a very remote area of Washington state to see if it’s truly the solution to the global broadband gap. Photo Illustration: Laura Kammermann.

Apr 2, 2021

Tesla Autopilot tries valiantly before asking for help in Vietnam’s crowded streets

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

In the future, Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving suite are expected to handle challenging circumstances on the road with ease. These involve inner-city driving, which includes factors like pedestrians walking about, motorcyclists driving around cars, and other potential edge cases. When Autopilot is able to handle these cases confidently, the company could roll out ambitious projects such as Elon Musk’s Robotaxi Network.

Tesla’s FSD Beta, at least based on videos of the system in action, seems to be designed for maximum safety. Members of the first batch of testers for the FSD Beta have shared clips of the advanced driver-assist system handling even challenging inner-city streets in places such as San Francisco with caution. But even these difficult roads pale in comparison to the traffic situation in other parts of the world.

In Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, for example, traffic tends to be very challenging, to the point where even experienced human drivers could experience anxiety when navigating through inner-city roads. The same is true for other countries like India or the Philippines, where road rules are loosely followed. In places such as these, Autopilot still has some ways to go, as seen in a recently shared video from a Tesla Model X owner.

Mar 29, 2021

Congress raises concerns about FAA’s handling of Starship launch license violation

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

WASHINGTON — As SpaceX gears up for another test flight of a Starship prototype, the Federal Aviation Administration is facing new scrutiny from Congress for how it handled SpaceX’s violation of its launch license on an earlier test flight.

SpaceX had planned to launch its SN11 Starship vehicle March 29 from its Boca Chica, Texas, test site. That flight will be similar to those of previous Starship prototypes, going to an altitude of 10 kilometers before landing on a nearby pad.

However, SpaceX called off the March 29 launch attempt because an FAA inspector could not arrive to observe the flight during a five-hour window. “FAA inspector unable to reach Starbase in time for launch today,” tweeted Elon Musk, chief executive of SpaceX, using the proposed new name for the Boca Chica site. “Postponed to no earlier than tomorrow.”

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Mar 29, 2021

This quadruple amputee will fly on Elon Musk’s starship

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Meet Philippe Croizon, a French quadruple amputee who is set to become the first disabled person to visit outer space on Elon Musk’s space mission.

Mar 26, 2021

Elon Musk tweets Tesla could become ‘the biggest company’ surpassing Apple ‘probably in a few months’ then deletes it

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Musk’s tweet offering guidance on timing for an anticipated increase in Tesla’s market cap has since been deleted, but screenshots were widely shared on Twitter.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has clashed with Musk and Tesla over the CEO’s unfettered use of Twitter before.

In the third quarter of 2018, Musk faced securities fraud charges from the SEC after he tweeted to his tens of millions of followers then that he was planning to take Tesla private at $420 a share, and had secured funding to do so. Tesla’s stock price jumped more than 6 percent that day.

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Mar 25, 2021

Rural Iowans seeing benefits from SpaceX Starlink internet

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

For many Iowans, the first they heard of SpaceX Starlink Internet is when the strange lights started appearing in the night sky in Spring 2020. Long “trains” of dots, each dot being a Starlink satellite.

“There’s all these lights and what looked to me like they were jets,” said John Dunnegan a resident living in rural Des Moines County, Iowa northwest of Burlington. “I thought we were being attacked by Russia. I thought ‘what is that?’ They were all in perfect file. I got on the internet started checking around, and found out what it was. It was Elon Musk’s Starlink.

Mar 24, 2021

Elon Musk’s bet on bitcoin as payment

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, Elon Musk

Bitcoin as payment hasn’t taken off in the decade-plus existence of the digital currency.

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