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  • Peter Thiel: Europe is cracking down on Silicon Valley out of 'jealousy'

    03/20/2018 8:58:03 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Mar 2018 | Olivia Solon
    European regulators are clamping down on Silicon Valley companies because they are “jealous” of the success of the technology industry in the US, according to PayPal co-founder and investor Peter Thiel. Speaking about the looming threat of regulation for these companies, Thiel said that the “threat is probably greater in Europe” and there are “good reasons and bad reasons”. “The good reasons are these privacy concerns and the bad reasons are there are no successful tech companies in Europe and they are jealous of the US so they are punishing us,” he said at the Economic Club of New York...
  • SpaceX’s first BFR manufacturing facility approved by the Port of LA

    03/19/2018 6:49:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    teslarati ^ | March 19, 2018 | By Eric Ralph
    SpaceX has been given initial acquire and develop a massive vacant lot into a facility capable of manufacturing the first BFR prototypes and refurbishing the company’s reusable Falcon 9 boosters.... A request summary completed on March 6 details SpaceX’s proposal, laying out a bright future of rocket manufacturing for the abandoned 18-acre lot at Berth 240, one that might soon support “composite curing, cleaning, painting, and assembly [of commercial transportation vessels]” that “would need to be transported by water due to their size.” This description meshes almost perfectly with past discussion of BFR manufacturing plans from SpaceX executives like...
  • Inter-galactic family feud: Elon Musk has called his father 'evil'...

    03/18/2018 1:37:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 March 2018 | Barbara Jones
    'He was such a terrible human being, you have no idea,' he told an interviewer for the American magazine Rolling Stone with tears running down his face. 'My dad will have a carefully thought-out plan of evil. He will plan evil. Almost every crime you can possibly think of, he has done. Almost every evil thing you could possibly think of, he has done. It's so terrible, you can't believe it.'
  • Russia's Space Agency Might Break Up With the U.S. To Get With China

    03/17/2018 9:40:16 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 12 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Mar 2018 | Anatoly Zak
    Last month Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos State Corporation, began work on a contingency plan that would reshape its future in space exploration. The country could shift its human spaceflight cooperation from the U.S. to China, sources within Roscosmos told Popular Mechanics. One possible scenario includes Roscosmos exiting the International Space Station program early. If adopted, the new strategy would mark a historic moment for the Russian space program, which has cooperated with the U.S. for nearly three decades. In 1993, not long after the breakup of the USSR.
  • NASA Shapes Science Plan for Deep-Space Outpost Near the Moon

    03/15/2018 5:40:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    NASA is pressing forward on plans to build a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, an outpost for astronauts positioned in the space near Earth's moon. According to NASA, the Gateway will not only be a place to live, learn and work around the moon but will also support an array of missions to the lunar surface. And scientists foresee a host of uses for the station. By making use of a suite of instruments housed on or inside the structure itself, or free-flying nearby, scientists could make Earth and solar observations. They could also carry out astrophysics and fundamental physics experiments. ......
  • Elon Musk Wanted to Buy 'The Onion,' Now His Team's Hiring Its Staffers for a Secret Project

    03/13/2018 7:35:47 PM PDT · by cba123 · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03/13/2018 | Maxwell Tani
    (please note, this article is NOT from the Onion) Early in February, the satirical news publication The Onion published a story about Elon Musk, titled, “Elon Musk Offering $1.2 Billion in Grants to Any Project That Promises to Make Him Feel Complete.” (please see the full article, at the link)
  • Elon Musk projects Mars spaceship will be ready for short trips by first half of 2019

    03/11/2018 12:00:46 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 39 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/11/18 | Michelle Castillo
    Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk told an audience at South by Southwest that his timeline for sending a space vehicle to Mars could mark its first milestone early next year. The privately-funded venture, announced in September 2017, aims to send a cargo mission to the Red Planet by 2022. SpaceX's ultimate objective is to plant the seeds to put a human colony on Mars. Musk held a surprise question and answer session at the annual technology and culture festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday. The billionaire told attendees that "we are building the first Mars, or interplanetary ship, and...
  • Highlight video reel of Falcon Heavy launch

    03/11/2018 8:58:31 AM PDT · by Voption · 8 replies
    Behind the Black via Youtube ^ | March 11, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    One of the creators of a television science fiction series has produced a highlight video, set to David Bowie's Starman, that shows some new footage of the core stage watery crash.....I have embedded the video below the fold. To me, the best part is the footage of the spectators, including the many children, wonder-struck by the launch. Some of that footage is very reminiscent of footage taken during the Apollo Saturn 5 launches in the late 1960s.....To the next generation: We are going to the Moon -- and beyond. And this time we are going to stay.
  • Will the Trump Administration shut down SLS? Zimmerman/ Batchelor Podcast

    03/10/2018 6:50:53 AM PST · by Voption · 1 replies
    Zimmerman/Batchelor Podcast ^ | March 9, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Batchelor and Zimmerman discuss Trump & SLS (space launch system) and in part 2; "Jupiter is different than anything else."
  • Elon Musk Makes Trump’s Case for Tariffs: No Level Playing Field with China

    03/08/2018 12:58:14 PM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies ^ | 3-8-2018 | LUCAS NOLAN
    In a surprising turn of events, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken to social media to make a case for President Trumps recently proposed tariffs. President Trump published a tweet yesterday stating that China was asked to develop a yearly plan for the One Billion Dollar reduction in their trade deficit with the United States. President Trump was well received during his visit to China earlier this year and notes this by saying that U.S. relations with China are very good and that he looked forward to seeing what ideas they came up with. But, President Trump urged that the...
  • Arabsat's Latest Communications Satellite Assembled In Preparation For Flight

    03/04/2018 11:24:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Spaceflight Insider ^ | February 20th, 2018 | Jason Rhian
    The Arabsat-6A satellite has completed primary assembly and has been shipped to Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California facilities to begin testing in preparation for flight... When Arabsat-6A was transported from Denver to Sunnyvale, the satellite was housed inside of a "mobile clean room." This container ensures that the spacecraft was kept safe and secure. "Arabsat-6A and its companion satellite, Hellas Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat-1 are the most advanced commercial communications satellites we've ever built," said Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager of Commercial Civil Space for Lockheed Martin via a statement issued by the company... If everything goes according to plan, Arabsat-6A...
  • The ever-receding Space Launch System

    03/01/2018 3:06:16 PM PST · by Voption · 21 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | March 1, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    ".... NASA has decided to forgo construction of a second mobile launcher for its Space Launch System (SLS). Instead, they will modify the one they have....The first mobile launcher was built and modified for an estimated $300 to $500 million. NASA obviously has decided that the politics & cost is too great, as would be the political embarrassment of admitting they spent about a half a billion for a launcher they will only use once...What this does however is push back the first manned SLS/Orion launch. At present, the first unmanned mission is likely to go in June 2020... If...
  • Putin shows Florida getting nuked in mock video to boast new weapons

    03/01/2018 12:06:38 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 48 replies
    Cox Media via WPXI ^ | March 1, 2018
    Russian President Vladimir Putin showed a concept video Thursday depicting nuclear warheads being released over Florida while showing off a new rocket during his annual state-of-the-nation speech, according to multiple reports. he crowd gathered for Putin’s speech to the Federal Assembly applauded Thursday as the video played, showing range of the newly unveiled Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile. Putin boasted that the ICBM is fast, with a range that’s “practically unlimited,” and the ability to overcome U.S. missile defense systems, Russian-owned news network RT reported. A brief concept video showed the missile being launched before dropping nuclear warheads over Florida.
  • US Free Enterprise System Is the Best Vehicle to Return to Space

    02/26/2018 10:19:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | February 26, 2018 | Jeff Crouere
    Last week, the United States’ National Space Council met for the second time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Vice President Mike Pence led the meeting, which was titled “Moon, Mars and Worlds Beyond: Winning the Next Frontier.” The focus of this gathering of government officials, national security experts, and space entrepreneurs was the ever-expanding commercial and scientific opportunity of the “next frontier.”According to President Trump, the next frontier should include a return to the Moon with a subsequent trip to Mars. To fulfill this goal, the president’s budget includes $19.9 billion for NASA in the 2019 fiscal year, followed...
  • Falcon 9 Crew Dragon Demo Flight

    02/24/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    Spaceflight 101 ^ | 2/24/2018
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to finish certification of the Dragon 2 mission architecture for future crewed missions with ISS Expedition crew members. The Dragon 2 spacecraft will test the approach and automated docking procedure with the Space Station, marking a first for SpaceX as the previous generation of Cargo Dragons used a robotic capture and berthing instead of directly coming in for docking. Dragon 2 will remain docked to ISS for a few weeks before demonstrating...
  • Elon Musk slammed by Stanford gender researcher for space patriarchy

    02/22/2018 7:30:01 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | February 22, 2018 | Ethan Baron
    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to grab Mars like President Donald Trump reportedly grabbed — well, you know. That’s according to Marcie Bianco, editorial and communications manager at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.
  • NASA planetary protection officer suggests loosening limits on exploring Mars for life

    02/23/2018 5:17:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 2/22/18 | Paul Voosen
    Share The twin Viking spacecraft landed on Mars in 1976. They were cleaned to a level required to explore habitable regions. NASA NASA planetary protection officer suggests loosening limits on exploring Mars for life By Paul VoosenFeb. 22, 2018 , 5:25 PM Is there life on the surface of Mars? The clock is ticking on scientists’ window to solve that long-standing question before astronauts—and the microbes that live on them—contaminate the planet. Today, at a meeting in Washington, D.C., of NASA’s planetary science advisory committee, the agency’s new planetary protection officer raised the possibility of opening up a few of...
  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Vector among rocket builders looking to Brazil for new launch site

    02/23/2018 12:08:23 PM PST · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/23/2018 | Michael Sheetz
    A group of five U.S. private rocket companies met with Brazilian officials in December. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Vector are interested in launching from the equatorial Alcantara launch complex. The coastal launch site would offer cost savings by its ability to reach orbits often preferred for satellites. A group representing five U.S. private rocket companies visited Brazil in December to meet with the nation's space agency and analyze the possibility of launching from the equatorial Alcantara launch complex. The U.S. Department of Commerce was informed about the trip, which was organized by members of the private space industry. The group...
  • NASA's $1 Billion Mobile Launcher Leans a Little

    02/21/2018 10:03:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 71 replies ^ | Feb 21, 2018 | By Avery Thompson
    NASA's latest tower for launching rockets has a little bit of a lean, which means it may be able to launch just a single rocket. The cost of this tower boondoggle? Almost $1 billion. The tower in question is the Mobile Launcher designed for NASA’s upcoming Space Launch System, which would become the world’s most powerful rocket once completed in a few years. The tower is supposed to keep the rocket stable and upright on the platform during a launch. The system was built for NASA’s now-defunct Ares I rocket and later repurposed for the SLS. The Mobile Launcher is...
  • The first launch of NASA’s SLS rocket delayed again

    02/22/2018 5:15:23 AM PST · by Voption · 6 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | February 21, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    SLS continues to be this ever receding but very expensive fantasy, scheduled for a future that never arrives, while spending enormous amounts of money that would be far better spent in other ways. The first launch, should it happen in 2020, would be three years later than originally planned, nine years after the initiation of the SLS project, and sixteen years after George Bush first proposed it. For this single unmanned test mission NASA will have spent about $25 billion.