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  • SpaceX Crew Dragon: Elon Musk decries 'stranger than fiction' problem

    10/30/2020 12:45:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Inverse ^ | 10/30/2020 | Mike Brown
    The capsule is scheduled to send up four astronauts no earlier than 7:49 p.m. Eastern time on November — a mission dubbed "Crew-1." It will be the first non-test, crewed mission since the successful crewed test flight in May 2020. But ahead of the big launch, SpaceX vice president Hans Koenigsmann explained in a NASA briefing this week that a problem with a "nail polish"-like substance discovered during a previous launch threatened to derail the grand plans. The problem already caused NASA to delay the Crew-1 flight earlier this month. The problem dramatically came to light during the GPS-III SV04...
  • SpaceX prices Starlink satellite internet service at $99 per month, according to e-mail

    10/27/2020 9:59:38 AM PDT · by srmanuel · 66 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/27/20 | CNBC
    On Monday, Starlink the space based internet service from SpaceX an Elon Musk company began to notify people via email that they've been selected for public Beta Testing... The service will cost $99/month with speeds of 50 to 150 Mbs....with a latency of 20-40ms..... There is a additional $499 charge for the equipment that includes the self-aligning dish and in home router....along with a mounting tripod... An additional $99 is available for roof mounted dishes. Users were also told to expect increases in speed and lower latency as more satellites get deployed... You need a clear view of the Norther...
  • Microsoft created a portable data center the size of a shipping container connected by SpaceX satellites that can be placed anywhere — take a look

    10/22/2020 4:14:42 PM PDT · by srmanuel · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/22/20 | Business Insider
    Microsoft Azure just announced a new design for modular, portable data centers. Azure is the company's cloud computing service, used by big names including Boeing, eBay, and Samsung. The Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC) is designed to work just about anywhere, including nontraditional areas where cloud computing previously wouldn't have been possible. Data centers are the "backbone of the Internet," where data and photos from the cloud are physically stored
  • Elon Musk announces Starlink to Mars, Starship's stratospheric flight and Moonship in 13 minutes

    10/18/2020 9:16:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 17, 2020 | Musk et al
    Elon Musk spoke at The Mars Society on making Starlink for Mars and Moonship on October 17, 2020 and highlights (recap) are here. Within this online conference Elon announced many interesting things. Self sustaining city on Mars is the core aim for Elon Musk's SpaceX and Starship spacecraft prototype. Elon Musk speaks that humanity have to made self sustaining city on Mars before the World War III start. The goal is to put enough people to Mars and enough tonnage. Metane is the general propellant. When the Starship will make stratosphere flight is currently secret. Elon said that Starship will...
  • Renewables Won’t Save Us If The Electric Grid Is Not Ready

    10/06/2020 5:42:28 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 16 replies
    https://www.forbes.com ^ | Sep 30, 2020 | David BlackmonSenior Contributor
    In recent weeks, the media landscape has been awash with stories declaring the beginning of the end of the age of hydrocarbons in America and around the world. The facts on the ground, however, paint a different story. As of this year, renewable generation accounted for only 17.5% of the US’ energy mix. While Deloitte predicts this number will grow to just shy of 50% by 2050, it would be naďve to assume that fossil fuels won’t continue to play a significant role in our lives for the foreseeable future. The road to the energy system of the future is...
  • 'Everybody dies': Elon Musk says he won't take Coronavirus vaccine and lockdowns have 'diminished' faith in humanity; Calls Bill Gates a "knucklehead"

    09/30/2020 8:29:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    MSN ^ | 09/30/2020 | Spencer Neale
    Speaking on the New York Times opinion podcast Sway, Musk told host Kara Swisher that he and his family would not be taking a coronavirus vaccine because he doesn't believe the virus poses a serious enough risk to their health. “I’m not at risk, neither are my kids,” Musk said. Musk said sweeping restrictions on movement and business enacted due to the coronavirus had “diminished" his "faith in humanity." The entrepreneur said that instead of sweeping lockdowns, governments should focus on isolating those most at risk while allowing the rest of society to continue with normal life. Musk told Fisher...
  • SpaceX’s Starlink satellites could make US Army navigation hard to jam

    09/29/2020 9:12:00 AM PDT · by srmanuel · 37 replies
    As someone who has posted multiple times about Starlink, I'm not sure how I feel about this, especially if it alters the purpose of Starlink. OTOH, if Starlink makes for a better more secure GPS system for our military then I would be more inclined to go for it.... Evidently The US Army has been in discussion with Starlink about using their constellation of satellites for GPS purposes that would make it much harder to jam..
  • Water on Mars: discovery of three buried lakes intrigues scientists

    09/28/2020 3:40:56 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 32 replies
    https://www.nature.com ^ | 28 SEPTEMBER 2020 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Two years ago, planetary scientists reported the discovery of a large saltwater lake under the ice at Mars’s south pole, a finding that was met with excitement and some scepticism. Now, researchers say they’ve confirmed the presence of that lake — and found three more. The discovery, reported on 28 September in Nature Astronomy1, was made using radar data from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) orbiting Mars Express spacecraft. It follows the detection of a single subsurface lake in the same region in 2018 — which, if confirmed, would be the first body of liquid water ever detected on the...
  • Tesla’s stock skids 6% as promised ‘Battery Day’ innovations remain off in the future (8˝%@12:30)

    09/23/2020 9:31:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 49 replies
    Marketwatch.com ^ | Claudia Assis
    Tesla Inc. unveiled battery innovations and increased efficiencies that appeared to underwhelm investors late Tuesday at its much anticipated “Battery Day.” Tesla stock’s TSLA, -8.89%, which had gained more than 4% after an upbeat post-shareholder-meeting presentation, turned south as soon as Chief Executive Elon Musk said that some of the innovations showcased at the event were “close to working” and some three years away from fruition. Shares fell as much as 7.6% in Tuesday’s after-hours session, but have pared some gains to trade down 6.0% in Wednesday’s premarket session. “It does work but not [yet] with a high yield,” Musk...
  • Fireball XL5's Col Steve Zodiac suing Elon Musk and SpaceX

    09/16/2020 4:59:57 PM PDT · by Shark24 · 20 replies
    World Space Patrol News ^ | Sept 16, 2020 | Col Steve Zodiac
    Col Steve Zodiac is suing Elon Musk and SpaceX for intellectual property theft of Fireball XL5's rocket design. Steve stated "Elon and SpaceX's Starship design is a rip off of our 1962 interplanetary Supermarionation design. Additionally, he stole our Neural Network design from my copilot Robert the Robot. And don't get me started on some of his other flying machine ideas, I had flying motorcycles before Elon was a glint in his mother's eye!" Col Steve added: "Just don't mess with our theme song!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxec0-bJw90
  • SpaceX SN8 to launch and fly to 60,000 feet next week

    09/14/2020 4:39:04 PM PDT · by amorphous · 40 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | 14 September 2020 | Bob Yirka
    Elon Musk, head of SpaceX, has announced via Twitter that the company's SN8 rocket will take a test flight sometime next week. The plan is for the rocket is to soar up to 60,000 feet (18,300 meters) and then return to Earth in a controlled landing. SN8 is one in a line of SpaceX's Starships that are predecessors to vehicles for missions to the moon and Mars. SN5 and SN6 recently completed tests of 500 feet each, which the company calls short hops, before returning to Earth. They were meant to test the integrity of the steel walls of...
  • Tesla boss Elon Musk test-drives Volkswagen ID.3 electric with rival CEO Diess

    09/09/2020 7:17:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | September 5, 2020 | Bloomberg
    Elon Musk test-drove the ID.3 when he made a final stopover to meet with one of his biggest competitors, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. Musk also inspected the ID.4 electric SUV that Volkswagen will launch later this month. Before Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk returned to the US after a three-day visit to Germany, he made a final stopover to meet with one of his biggest competitors - Volkswagen AG CEO Herbert Diess. The two auto executives met at a small airport in Braunschweig for about two hours on Thursday evening and Musk test-drove VW’s ID.3 electric-car, according to...
  • Tesla critic of “Change My Mind” fame reverses stance, buys a Model S

    09/02/2020 5:49:43 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    Teslarati ^ | 1 Sept 2020 | Dacia J. Ferris
    Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk are no strangers to critics, and in the past, YouTube personality Steven Crowder of the “Change My Mind” series fame has counted himself among them. However, a search for the best Autopilot functionality to help his wife’s recent health issues led the conservative comedian to reconsider the merits of the all-electric carmaker’s products. “It’s not even close… It’s pretty damn cool. It is so fun to drive,” he expressed matter-of-factly on Tuesday’s Louder with Crowder episode. “That wasn’t the case back when I had a friend who had a Prius… [The Tesla] is more...
  • Elon Musk says first Mars colonists will probably die but 'it will be glorious'

    09/03/2020 9:13:36 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 74 replies
    Daily Star (UK) ^ | Sep 3 | Michael Moran
    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says that while his plan to establish a self-sustaining Mars colony may have slipped behind schedule, he still hopes to see Starship’s first orbital flight test in 2021. However, he warned those going there might not make it back. He said: “I want to emphasise that this is a very hard and dangerous, difficult thing, not for the faint of heart,” he added. “Good chance you’ll die, it’s going to be tough going, but it will be pretty glorious if it works out.”
  • As Tesla Battery Day approaches, Elon Musk hints at major capacity increases

    08/28/2020 11:03:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    CNET ^ | Aug. 25, 2020 8:29 a.m. PT | Sean Szymkowski
    Something's stirring over at Tesla. The company's highly anticipated Battery Day is just on the horizon, and ahead of the event, CEO Elon Musk shared some insight into energy density via Twitter. Replying to a Twitter thread surrounding the possibility of an electric airplane, Musk said batteries with 400 watt hours per kilogram are highly likely in the next three to four years. And not just one-off units, either, but mass produced batteries with long lifecycles, too. This type of energy density could provide 50% more energy density compared to today's batteries, noting today's batteries used in the Tesla Model...
  • Elon Musk: ‘China Rocks,’ America Is Full of ‘Complacency and Entitlement’

    08/06/2020 6:52:41 PM PDT · by Schatze · 93 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3 Aug 2020 | LUCAS NOLAN
    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stated in a recent interview that people in the United States are “entitled” and “complacent” while Chinese citizens are “smart” and “hard-working people.” CNBC reports that in a recent interview with Automotive News’ “Daily Drive” podcast, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk complained of the “entitled” and “complacent” character of U.S. citizens while praising the “smart” and “hard-working” people of China. This is far from the first time that Musk has cozied up to communist China. Musk criticized New York and California, states that have both gone to extreme lengths to support Musk’s businesses...
  • 'China rocks': Elon Musk praises Chinese electric car-making workers and says 'entitled and complacent' Americans are now taking things for granted after 'winning for too long'

    08/03/2020 9:03:10 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 3, 2020 | Emily Crane
    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has heaped praise on China's 'smart, hardworking' people when it comes to manufacturing electric vehicles and says 'entitled' and 'complacent' Americans are now taking things for granted. In an interview with the Automotive News podcast, the 49-year-old billionaire specifically criticized New York and California, which are two states that have given his businesses tax breaks and other government help. When asked his thoughts on China being a global electric vehicle strategy leader, Musk said: 'China rocks in my opinion.' 'The energy in China is great. People there, there's like a lot of smart, hard...
  • Elon Musk on Twitter: "The left is losing the middle"

    07/30/2020 11:48:46 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 56 replies
    Twitter ^ | July 27, 2020 | Elon Musk
    The left is losing the middle 11:32 AM · Jul 27, 2020·
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders proposes one-time tax that would cost Jeff Bezos $42.8 billion, Elon Musk $27.5 billion

    08/07/2020 6:49:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    CNBC via MSN ^ | 08/07/2020 | Lauren Feiner
    Top tech leaders and other billionaires would be forced to hand over billions of dollars in wealth they've gained during the coronavirus pandemic under a new bill introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. The "Make Billionaires Pay Act" would impose a one-time 60% tax on wealth gains made by billionaires between March 18, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021. The funds would be used to pay for out-of-pocket health-care expenses for all Americans for a year. As of Aug. 5, the bill would tax $731 billion in wealth accumulated by 467 billionaires since March...
  • NASA megarocket blasts past cost estimates, forces Congress notification

    09/06/2020 6:32:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    space,com ^ | 05 September 2020 | By Elizabeth Howell
    Back in April, according to Space News, a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report assessing NASA's major programs put the estimated development cost of SLS at $8.75 billion and the ground infrastructure, called Exploration Ground Systems (EGS), at $2.33 billion. (Both figures are estimates from January, which were only published in April.) The new figures represent slight increases over the GAO estimates. But NASA is more likely comparing the new numbers to its baseline 2014 estimates for the SLS and EKG programs. According to Space News, SLS was then expected to cost $7.02 billion and EGS $1.84 billion; the new...