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  • NASA Orders First Commercial Crew Mission to Space Station from SpaceX

    11/22/2015 12:34:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | on November 21, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    Restoring America’s ability to once again launch US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from US soil on US rockets took another significant step forward when NASA ordered the first the agency’s first commercial crew rotation mission from the Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX. NASA and SpaceX hope that the blastoff with a crew of up to four astronauts will take place by late 2017. The new Nov. 20 award from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) office to launch the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule follows up on an earlier commercial crew rotation mission award this past May to the Boeing...
  • Where Will the 1st Astronauts on Mars Land?

    11/17/2015 9:16:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | Leonard David,
    The ideal Red Planet crewed site should be of high scientific value — allowing pioneers to search for signs of Mars life and investigate other intriguing questions — and also possess enough resources to help sustain expeditionary crews, scientists and engineers said. They came to these and other conclusions at the First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars, which was held here Oct. 27 though Oct. 30 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. ... Nearly 50 locations on Mars were proposed as future locales for human landings. Those sites were all within 50 degrees...
  • Musk can rescue Paris climate talks

    11/06/2015 7:30:20 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 11/05/2015 | Felix Kramer
    Elon Musk is the best-positioned world leader to turn around next month's Paris climate summit. No one else dares to say: "Right here, right now, is our best opportunity for every country to set a timetable on pricing climate pollution."
  • Want to fly at 2,500mph? BAE Systems does and is willing to pay £20m for it

    11/02/2015 9:37:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | 12:01AM GMT 02 Nov 2015 | By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    Defence giant BAE Systems to buy a stake in Britain's Reaction Engines, which is developing revolutionary SABRE engines for ultra-fast aircraft How an aircraft fitted with the SABRE engines might look ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hypersonic air travel and cut-price satellite launches will move a step closer when BAE Systems buys a stake in a UK company developing engines able to power aircraft at 2,500mph and into space. The FTSE 100 group is set to purchase 20pc of Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines for £20.6m, in a deal that will see the defence giant’s expertise applied to research on the privately-held company’s engine, which combines...
  • Boeing demonstrates lightest metal ever

    10/15/2015 10:44:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | October 15, 2015 | Bob Yirka
    Airplane maker Boeing has unveiled what it calls the "The Lightest Metal Ever"called microlattice, the material is a construct that is 99.99 per cent air. It has been developed by Boeing's HRL Laboratories along with colleagues at the University of California and the California Institute of Technology. The material has been developed as a way to reduce weight on airplanes or even rocketsa paper describing the development of the material was written by the team and published in the journal Science back in 2011though the researchers have not yet revealed what sort of changes have been made since that time....
  • THE ENERGY ELECTION ( climate change money )

    09/30/2015 11:21:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    New Geography ^ | 09/30/2015 | Joel Kotkin
    Progressive pundits increasingly envision the 2016 presidential election as a last chance, as one activist phrased it, to stop climate change catastrophe. As this agenda gets ever more radical, the prominence of climate change in the election will grow ever more obvious. The key here is that the green left increasingly does not want to limit or change the mix of fossil fuels, but eliminate them entirely, the faster the better. ... Climate activists such as hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer increasingly couch their policies on theological grounds, one reason why the popes intervention was so timely. Stark self-interest is...
  • Elon Musk Wants to Change How (and Where) Humans Live

    Making spaceships and electric supercars isnt enough for Elon Musk. Meghan Daum meets the entrepreneur who wants to save the world. The name sounds like a mens cologne. Or a type of ox. It sounds possibly made up. But then, so much about Elon Musk seems the creation of a fiction writerand not necessarily one committed to realism. At 44, Musk is both superstar entrepreneur and mad scientist. Sixteen years after cofounding a company called that would, following a merger, go on to become PayPal, hes launched the electric carmaker Tesla Motors and the aerospace manufacturer SpaceX, which are...
  • A Dragon on Mars! Elon Musk backs Nasa plan to send SpaceX capsule on sample return mission in 2020

    09/17/2015 1:34:59 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/15/2015 | Mark Prigg
    Budget plan would send a SpaceX capsule in 2020 to get samples. Would pick up samples left by Nasa's 2020 Rover. Comes as Amazon's Jeff Bezos unveiled 'megarocket' to take on SpaceX It could bring samples from Mars to Earth for the first time. Nasa employees have revealed details of a 'budget' plan to send a SpaceX capsule to the red planet in 2020 to return samples. Elon Musk has backed the idea - and even tweeted images of what the mission would look like. A Dragon on Mars: The mission would grab samples collected by Nasa's 2020 rover and...
  • Pushing the Limits: Traveling at near-supersonic speeds

    09/16/2015 10:30:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 16, 2015
    Hyperloop Technologies is working on a project to move people and cargo at nearly the speed of sound, and its engineers believe they're approaching a transportation breakthrough not seen in ages, reports CBS News correspondent Carter Evans. In 1903, the Wright brothers launched the age of aviation in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with their experimental flying machine. It connected the world, pushing the limits of what many believed possible. Hyperloop Technologies co-founder and engineer Brogan BamBrogan wants to change the world again, with a ground transit system that would go faster than a commercial jet. "We're kind of inventing a...
  • Why China Plans To Land On Far Side of Moon

    09/12/2015 11:38:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 55 replies
    coasttocoastam ^ | Chris Orcutt
    China plans to send an unmanned lunar lander similar to previous probes but with a much heavier payload to the far side of the moon. Due to communications issues with the Moon itself blocking transmissions, China will undoubtedly launch a relay satellite in geo-synchronous lunar orbit to transmit data back, scientists say. The Chinese mission is set to determine how much of the rare element Helium -3, which exists in very small quantities on Earth, can be extracted from the purported rich deposits located on the moon's far side. H-3 is a light non-radioactive gas that has the potential to...
  • SpaceX releases first interior photos of its astronaut-carrying spacecraft

    09/11/2015 10:24:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies ^ | September 10, 2015 06:04 pm | By Loren Grush
    SpaceX's new Crew Dragon capsule may be reserved for astronauts traveling to and from the International Space Station but now you can take a virtual tour of the vehicle's insides. The company just released interior photos of the spacecraft, as well as a video showing closeups of its control panels and crew seats. The images offer our first glimpse at what the finished Crew Dragon will look like. The photos show an interior that is sleek and smooth, with mostly black and white hardware. It gives off the vibe of a luxury sports car (which makes sense, given CEO...
  • Is Government Aid of Elon Musks Ventures Actually a Good Call?

    08/31/2015 7:59:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/31/2015 | Roger Kimball
    A week ago, City Journal published “Crazy Like a Visionary,” [1] a review essay I had written about Ashlee Vance’s new biography of Elon Musk [2], the man behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX, SolarCity, and sundry other starry-eyed, high-tech enterprises.As I explained in the essay, my interest in “Green energy” and interplanetary space travel is minimal at best — or, to be more accurate, I am indifferent to space travel. I like it here on terra firma, thanks very much, and I am positively hostile to the Green Lobby, which is full of cynical opportunists like Al Gore, who have...
  • Teslas Model S P85D Just Broke Consumer Reports Ratings System, Scoring 103 Out Of 100

    08/30/2015 6:16:56 AM PDT · by lbryce · 59 replies
    TECH CRUNCH ^ | August 29, 2025 | Connir Loizos
    Well, this is something you dont see every day. According to a new report out of Consumer Reports, the Tesla Model S P85D, all-wheel-drive electric sedan, performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, earning a perfect road-test score. Actually, it did better than that, scoring 103 points in a scoring system that, by definition, doesnt go past 100. Among the many reasons it scored so remarkably high, says the outlet: its brutally quick acceleration (the car soars from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds); better braking and handling than the standard Model S...
  • Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040... [title shortened]

    08/28/2015 5:36:05 AM PDT · by Textide · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 08/27/2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Full Title: Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040 as he launches partnership with university Buzz Aldrin, 85, is partnering with Florida Institute of Technology. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute will open in The Fall and focus on Mars Astronaut, the second man to walk on the Moon, has devised plan to get to the red planet using 'cycling pathways' and base on Mars's moon Phobos The second man to walk on the Moon is teaming up with Florida Institute of Technology to develop 'a master plan' for colonizing Mars within 25 years. Buzz Aldrin,...
  • Senator Hutchison cool to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch; concerns remain about Obama NASA policy

    06/05/2010 5:40:57 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 24 replies · 624+ views ^ | June 5, 8:25 AM | Mark Whittington
    Senator Hutchison cool to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch; concerns remain about Obama NASA policy June 5, 8:25 AMHouston Space News ExaminerMark Whittington Falcon 9 Courtesy NASA The near universal acclaim that SpaceX has acquired for the successful launch of the first Falcon 9 is not shared within the United States Congress, which is still skeptical of many aspects of the Obama space plan, which includes reliance on companies like SpaceX for Earth to Low Earth Orbit transportation. The reaction illustrates for all the technical triumph that SpaceX has accomplished with the Falcon 9 launch, it still faces political problems. Typical...
  • Barry Matsumori Leaves SpaceX, Joins Virgin Galactic

    08/23/2015 2:30:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Satellite TODAY ^ | August 20, 2015 | Caleb Henry
    Barry Matsumori, formerly the senior vice president of sales and business development at SpaceX, has joined Virgin Galactic's satellite launch team. With Virgin Galactic, Matsumori holds the title of senior vice president of business development and advanced concepts for LauncherOne, the company's small satellite launch vehicle. Prior to SpaceX, Matsumori held a leadership role at Qualcomm as vice president of wireless connectivity where he was responsible for the development of mobile telecom module products as well as satellite communication infrastructure and terminals. He has held positions at Space Systems Loral (SSL) and General Dynamics, and has experience with early-stage technology...
  • MITs MultiFab 3D Printer Is One Giant Leap Towards a Real-Life Replicator

    08/22/2015 3:29:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | August 21, 2015 | Andrew Liszewski
    One day 3D printers will be able to churn out working electronics and fully-functional machines, instead of just plastic parts. And that day is now slightly closer with MIT CSAILs MultiFab 3D printer that can use ten different materials to build working devices in a single print run. For 3D printers to fully realize their Star Trek replicator potential they cant just be one part of the manufacturing process, they need to do it all. The holy grail of 3D printing is to one day let anyone recreate any device with a simple button press. We want to be able...
  • Tesla Mounts A Self-Serving Push For Tougher Fuel Economy Standards

    08/07/2015 5:31:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies ^ | August 7, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Crony Capitalism: Not content with the billions it gets in government help, Tesla Motors now wants tougher fuel economy standards that would cripple its competitors. Is this what passes for entrepreneurship today? In 2012, President Obama announced a new "Corporate Average Fuel Economy" standard that will require all the cars each automaker sells to get an average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Given the lead time that automakers need to design and test new cars, they now have only a few years to figure out how to achieve that goal. And since there are only a couple non-plug-in cars...
  • Musk, Hawking warn of 'inevitable' killer robot arms race

    07/27/2015 10:53:05 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    wired ^ | 7-27-2015 | MICHAEL RUNDLE
    A global robotic arms race "is virtually inevitable" unless a ban is imposed on autonomous weapons, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and 1,000 academics, researchers and public figures have warned. In an open letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aries, the Future of Life Institute signatories caution that "starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control". Although the letter, first reported by the Guardian, notes that "we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many...
  • YC-Backed Transcend Launches An Extra Efficient LED Light For Indoor Farmers

    07/15/2015 9:23:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    TechCrunch Daily ^ | July 8, 2015 | Christine Magee
    Transcend Lighting, one of the more unconventional startups accepted into Y Combinators latest cohort, is launching out of beta today to bring its energy-saving LED lights to indoor farmers everywhere. Founder Brian Bennett, an optical engineer by training, invented the first Transcend prototype after his father challenged him to build some LED lights for the family farm in upstate New York. When the lights he designed were successful, Bennett entered a business plan competition at Columbia, won some money to continue developing the idea, and was accepted into Y Combinators Spring 2015 class. Farms today, generally speaking, use high pressure...
  • Breakthrough for electric cars: Supercapacitors from miracle substance charges batteries in minutes

    07/23/2015 9:23:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Peter Carty
    The problem of limited range has been an important factor curbing the wide-spread adoption of electric cars. But scientists in South Korea have developed a new technology which could solve the problem. The lithium-ion batteries used in most of the current generation of electric cars have limitations. They are expensive and store insufficient power for the needs of many drivers, requiring frequent top-ups. And when they have to be recharged the charging process is time consuming. The technological breakthrough could solve these problems. And in the process, Dr Lu Wu of the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South...
  • Returning To The Moon Is Ten Times Cheaper Than Thought, And It Could Lead To Mars

    07/24/2015 5:25:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    IFL Science! ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Traveling to the Moon just got a whole lot cheaper. A NASA-funded study (PDF) has found that the cost of lunar missions could be reduced by a factor of 10 using a number of techniques and it could also have implications for getting humans to Mars. The extensive NexGen Space study by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) said that partnerships with private companies could return humans to the Moon for $10 billion (6.4 billion), rather than the previosuly estimated $100 billion (64 billion) that had turned off potential suitors. Utilizing fuel sourced from...
  • Tesla gets $295M in cap & trade-type credits for technology not offered to customers

    07/23/2015 10:49:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies ^ | July 23, 2015 | Tori Richards
    Tesla Motors has earned more than $295 million in state cap and trade-type emission credits during the past three years for a battery-swapping technology customers werent getting, a Watchdog investigation reveals. In fact, the electric car company, owned in part by billionaire Elon Musk, may have earned credits up to nearly half a billion dollars in value from the 11 states that use the Zero Emission Vehicle barter as part of a green auto industry mandate. California created the program and leads the pack, doling out $173 million in credits to the Silicon Valley-based Tesla. Tesla claimed the credits between...
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • 5 Incredible Trends That Will Shape Our 3D Printed Future

    07/08/2015 12:04:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 7, 2015 | Rick Smith
    Self-repairing pipes. Printed organs. Bulletproof t-shirts. Seriously?In April I was asked to speak at the annual TED conference in Vancouver (following Bill Gatesgulp) on the topic of 3D printing production and its implications. I have detailed my thoughts on why the shift to 3D printing production is not only likely but inevitable in articles one, two and three in this series for Forbes. Now, lets take a step into a fascinating future, where daily life will be shaped by several powerful forces directly related to 3D printing production. What it will be like to live in a 3D-printed world? Imagine...
  • Toyotas new hydrogen-powered car has a record-setting range

    07/01/2015 2:37:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/01/2015 | Graham Rapier
    Toyota has been very vocal about its lofty plans for the new Mirai. After severing ties with Tesla in 2014, Toyota has shifted its focus toward fuel cells and away from all-electric cars. On Wednesday, Toyota announced that the Mirai had achieved an EPA-estimated range of 312 miles. Thats the longest range of any zero-emission vehicle on the market today, including electric vehicles. Toyota realized in the early 90s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile, said Toyotas North America CEO Jim Lentz in a statement Just as the Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers...
  • SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

    06/29/2015 2:49:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    L A Times ^ | Christine Mai-Duc
    As of early Monday morning, founder Elon Musk tweeted, no cause had been determined after several thousand engineering-hours of review, meaning more than 100 engineers were working to investigate the problem. Investigators were using software to recover the "final milliseconds" before the explosion, he tweeted. Officials have said that all nine of the rockets engines had fired normally and that the rocket's trajectory was right on target. The Dragon capsule, which contained the cargo, was healthy and sending data back for some time after the incident, officials said. The rocket was about 28 miles above Earth when it broke up....
  • The green mirageand con job

    06/28/2015 5:28:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/28/15 | Paul Driessen & Tom Tamarkin
    Musk, Schmidt, Simons and billionaire buddies build empire based on climate and energy BS Elon Musk and his fellow barons of Climate Crisis, Inc. recently got a huge boost from Pope Francis. Musk et al. say fossil fuels are causing unprecedented warming and weather disasters. The Pope agrees and says Catholics must ask God for a positive outcome to negotiations over another UN climate treaty. It matters not that the predicted calamities are not happening. There has been no warming in 19 years, no category 3-5 hurricanes making US landfall for a record 9-1/2 years, indeed none of the over-hyped...
  • SpaceX Capsule to Deliver New Parking Spot for Space Station

    06/26/2015 5:40:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Besides food and experiments, the Dragon cargo ship ordered up by NASA holds a new docking port, or parking place, for future commercial crew capsules. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. Sunday. Good flying weather is forecast for SpaceX's unmanned Falcon rocket. This shipment is especially critical because the space station has lost two deliveries since fall. A Russian supply ship spun out of control shortly after liftoff in April and burned up on re-entry with all its contents. In October, an Orbital Sciences Corp. cargo carrier was destroyed in a Virginia launch explosion. Once again, SpaceX is picking up...
  • SpaceX hopes third time a charm in landing historic booster rocket

    06/27/2015 4:43:10 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | June 27, 2015 | Amanda Barnett
    Once again, SpaceX will try to recover a very expensive part of its rocket after launching it into space. If SpaceX succeeds in recovering the first stage of its rocket after its 10:21 a.m. ET launch on Sunday at Florida's Cape Canaveral, it will be a historical achievement. It will push space travel further toward a future in which people, satellites and other items can be inexpensively launched into orbit.
  • Would sending people to Mars bring Americans together?

    06/24/2015 9:14:32 PM PDT · by Marcus · 31 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    n an op-ed published in Florida Today on Wednesday, Jeff Kottkamp, a former lieutenant governor of Florida, and Rich Ramos, a Florida businessman, proposed a new justification for sending humans to Mars. A Mars program would serve, in their view, as a means to foster national unity of the sort that is rarely achieved outside times of war. Some recent polling data suggests that they may be on to something.
  • How Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Krauss got space exploration wrong

    06/24/2015 9:11:48 PM PDT · by Marcus · 5 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to a Tuesday piece in Motherboard, Noam Chomsky, a philosopher and political commentator, and Lawrence Krauss, a physicist and cosmologist, had a public dialogue about space exploration. Being both men of the far left, they concluded that space travel should be best left to robots and conducted by governments. The conclusions are the exact opposite of what the prevailing trends are in space policy.
  • SpaceX and the Russian Rocket Mess

    06/13/2015 8:55:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | June 12, 2015 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    The first thing to notice is how rapidly Elon Musk's SpaceX is altering the market for government-sponsored rocket launches. Witness how frequently the words "to compete with SpaceX" appear in industry statements and press coverage. To compete with SpaceX, say multiple reports, the United Launch Alliance, the Pentagon's traditional supplier, is developing a new Vulcan rocket powered by a reusable engine designed by Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin. Because of SpaceX, says Aviation Week magazine, Japan's government has instructed Mitsubishi to cut in half the cost of the Japanese workhorse rocket, and China is planning a new family of kerosene-fueled Long...
  • Airbus Unveils Partially Reusable Rocket Design 'Adeline'

    06/13/2015 8:15:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 8th, 2015 | Loren Grush
    But can it ever hope to compete with SpaceX? Like the Falcon 9, Adeline is only partially reusable -- but the way it's meant to work is quite creative. While most of the rocket's fuselage goes unrecovered after launch, the bottom portion of the rocket housing the main engine (most expensive part and arguably the most important) is designed to safely return back home. The design calls for the first stage of the rocket to come equipped with wings and propellers, allowing it to travel back to Earth like a small plane and land gently on a runway. The key...
  • Is Elon Musk Just A Billionaire Welfare King?

    06/12/2015 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies ^ | 11 June 2015 | Gaurav Agnihotri
    Elon Musk our billionaire, whose Stimulus funded Tesla Motors, Solarandra City and (only option to Russia, NASA is out) Space X has received $4.9 billion in FedSlush. Is Elon Musk a billionaire welfare queen of Federal grants, discounted loans, tax breaks, government RICO & Carbon credits? Tesla is set to receive an incentive worth $1.3 billion from the state of Nevada. Anyone who buys a Tesla gets a $7,500 federal income tax credit, Californians receive an additional rebate of $2,500 from the state. In all, Tesla Motors Inc. has received close to $2.391 billion in form of government subsidies. SolarCity,...
  • Cruz Mega-Donor is Gay, Pro-Pot Billionaire

    06/12/2015 6:59:38 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 51 replies ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jay Root
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. ...
  • As outrage rises over NASA Commercial Crew funding cut, time to make a deal?

    06/12/2015 4:16:39 AM PDT · by Marcus · 8 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 12, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The drama surrounding funding for NASAs Commercial Crew program has started up once again. In the wake of the Senate Appropriations Committees cutting funding for the program by over $300 million, supporters have fallen back on familiar patterns of futile complaining. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden claimed that the funding shortfall would delay the restoration of American spaceflight capability by as much as two years. Bolden was mild compared to some of Commercial Crews supporters on the Internet.
  • Tesla leases former Solyndra building in Fremont

    06/11/2015 7:02:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies ^ | 6/11/15 | David R. Baker
    Fast-growing Tesla Motors has leased a Fremont building once occupied by Solyndra before the solar companys high-profile implosion, the Silicon Valley Business Times reported Thursday. The 500,000-square-foot facility, at 901 Page Ave., was the last of Solyndras former buildings to remain empty. Seagate Technologies snapped up Solyndras main factory built with $528 million in federal loans in 2012. And earlier this year, SolarCity leased a two-building Solyndra complex at 47700 Kato Rd. Tesla CEO Elon Musk chairs SolarCitys corporate board.
  • Elon Musks radical plan to let people travel in 760 mph tubes

    06/06/2015 12:19:51 PM PDT · by Baynative · 100 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard and Mark Prigg For
    Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop' was dismissed as a pipe dream that would never get off the ground. But now the billionaire's plans to shoot capsules of passengers along a tube at around the speed of sound may launch as soon as next year. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has secured land for the first full-scale Hyperloop with a 2016 launch in the California town of Quay Valley.
  • Elon Musk Defends His Companies' Subsidies

    06/05/2015 9:20:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 5, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    Alt-energy/transport-tech CEO Elon Musk and his trio of companies (Tesla,SolarCity andSpaceX) didnt cooperate with the Los Angeles Times on its article that tabulated his businesses whopping sum of corporate welfare ($4.9 billion) , and he was predictably miffed by the (accurate) portrayal. So he went about trying to fix things on CNBC and with the Times on Monday, but not by denying the conclusions reached by reporter Jerry Hirsch, but instead by essentially pointing at fossil fuel industries and saying they do it more. If I cared about subsidies, Musk told Hirsch in a follow-up to his Sunday expose,...
  • Pentagon Blames Congress For Fouling Up Rocket Deals With Russia: Geopolitical positioning system

    Space makes for strange relationships. With NASAs Space Shuttle shuttered since 2011, American astronauts have hitched rides to the International Space Station inside Russian Soyuz rockets for the past four years. But ever since Russia claimed Crimea and supported a separatist movement in Ukraine, the United States and Russia havent exactly been on great terms. Congress passed punitive sanctions on Russia, and in retaliation, Russia forbade the sale of rocket engines to the American military. Yet the Pentagon, which is currently supplying the Ukrainian military with vehicles, now needs a little help getting its military satellites to space. So it's...
  • Batteriser is a $2.50 gadget that extends disposable battery life by 800 percent

    06/03/2015 2:58:05 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    PC World ^ | 06/01/15 | Jon Phillips
    The Batteriser has boost circuitry that will boost the voltage from 0.6 volts to 1.5 volts and will maintain voltage at 1.5which is a brand new battery, Roohparvar says. Theres actually no IP [intellectual property] in the boost circuitry. Our technology is really a miniaturization technique that allows us to build the sleeve. We have some IP in some of the IC circuits that are in there, but the key is weve been able to miniaturize the boost circuit to a point that no one else has been able to achieve. To prove that hes not peddling snake oil,...
  • South Africa a Time Bomb Ready to Explode (Ongoing White Genocide Completely Ignored by MSM)

    There are many stories comparing South Africa to a time bomb ready to explode from the deplorable conditions and slow genocide of the whites. The delicate situation of crime, corruption and poverty increasing throughout the land raises concern. Living under a communist government led by a president who rules over nepotism, lining his pockets and destroying everything the apartheid government built.There is the element of the South African Communist party affiliated to the governing African National Congress (ANC) who have not sidetracked from influencing the Zuma administration and turning South Africa into a one-party state. Julius Malema kicked out of...
  • Taxpayer Subsidies Keep Elon Musk's Companies Afloat

    06/02/2015 11:24:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 2, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    Well, somebody did it, and it was the mainstream media. Congratulations to the Los Angeles Times for taking the time to research and estimate the total amount of U.S. public (local, state, and federal) subsidies for companies owned or run by South African-born Canadian-American Elon Musk. The total amount calculated by reporter Jerry Hirsch for taxpayer-backed incentives of many different forms, including tax credits and rebates provided to customers was $4.9 billion. The corporate beneficiaries have been Tesla Motors and SpaceX, where Musk is CEO, and SolarCity Corp., where he is chairman. The sum does not include SpaceXs...
  • The Time to Think About the 3D-Printed Future Is Now

    05/09/2015 3:16:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Harvard Business Review ^ | May 6, 2015 | Professor Richard DAveni
    3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, is likely to revolutionize business in the next several years. Often dismissed in the popular mindset as a tool for home-based makers of toys and trinkets, the technology is gaining momentum in large-scale industry. Already it has moved well beyond prototyping and, as I explain in a new HBR article, it will increasingly be used to produce high-volume parts and products in several industries. Since I prepared that article, new developments have only strengthened the case for a 3-D future and heightened the urgency for management teams to adjust their strategies. Impressive next-generation technologies...
  • Elon Musks $5 Billion in Govt Subsidies Helps Make Ends Meet

    05/31/2015 1:52:41 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 25 replies ^ | 31 May 2015 | Robert Wilde
    If you build it we will come could be the mantra for Los Angeles billionaire mogul Elon Musk. Well the Los Angeles entrepreneur built Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, and what came was an estimated $4.9 billion in government subsidies, according to data compiled by The Los Angeles Times. He definitely goes where there is government money, said Dan Dolev, an analyst at Jefferies Equity Research. Thats a great strategy, but the government will cut you off one day. Now after a plethora of government incentives, such as grants, tax breaks, factory...
  • Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies

    05/31/2015 9:27:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/31/15 | Jerry Hirsch
    Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space. And he's built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies. Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support, according to data compiled by The Times. The figure underscores a common theme running through his emerging empire: a public-private financing model underpinning long-shot start-ups. "He definitely goes where there is government money," said Dan Dolev, an analyst at...
  • Tesla is apparently recharging emissions free electric cars with a diesel generator

    05/28/2015 10:36:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 55 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | May 28, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    Bishop Hill points us to this video of the Tesla Supercharging station at the Harris Ranch exit of Interstate 5 in California. He writes: How can one resist posting a video of Tesla electric cars being recharged (so it is claimed) using a diesel generator? These people love the environment you see. The video shows a portable diesel generator next to the charging station and some Tesla automobiles. Watch this short video:
  • Tesla Motors Inc: Gigafactory To Be A Major Turning Point In Auto Market

    05/26/2015 9:35:12 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 45 replies
    valuewalk ^ | May 26, 2015 08:08:59 PM | Michelle Jones
    Tesla Motors Inc: Gigafactory To Be A Major Turning Point In Auto Market Posted By: Michelle JonesPosted date: May 26, 2015 08:08:59 PMIn: TechnologyNo Comments Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is leading the way in electric vehicle technology, especially in batteries, and this is a good time to be in Tesla’s position. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) estimates that “electrified vehicles” will be one-quarter of the car sales in the world in the next ten years. The analysts define “electrified vehicles” as those with an electric powertrain, which include not only EVs but also hybrids and fuel cell vehicles.Tesla is taking one of...
  • Russian rocket pieces may crash on land after launch goes awry

    05/16/2015 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Lurch Addams · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/16/15 | Ben Brumfield and Brian Walker
    A glitch in a Russian space launch may have sent part of a rocket and its payload -- a satellite -- plummeting down onto southeastern Siberia, according to Russian state-run media reports. It is the second space mission failure for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, in less than a month. And the mishap occurs on the anniversary of a similar loss in 2014.