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“Fly me to the moon / Let me play among the stars.” Those famous lyrics from Frank Sinatra’s song “Fly Me To The Moon” have only been applicable to a select few astronauts during the 1960s and 70s. But SpaceX is looking to send two paying tourists in a trajectory around the moon as early as next year. “Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration,” explained SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. According to Musk, these two [unnamed] individuals have “already paid a significant... Read more...
After a scuttled attempt on Saturday, SpaceX just successfully launched and landed the Falcon 9 at NASA’s historic Launch Complex 39A. Their current mission is to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). This was SpaceX’s first Florida launch since its rocket explosion last summer. The launch and landing were textbook perfect. The company's Dragon spacecraft was deployed from the rocket right on schedule and will arrive at the ISS on February 22nd around 9am EST. Musk excitedly posted a photo of the Falcon 9’s landing on Instagram with the caption, “Baby came back”. Footage of Falcon 9 launch... Read more...
Is Elon Musk secretly working on a race of Dr. Whovian Cybermen? The magnate recently argued at the World Government Summit in Dubai that human beings would need to merge at least slightly with robots in order to keep up in an increasingly AI-dominated world. Musk fears that humans will become irrelevant if they do not incorporate the technology they have created into themselves. The World Government Summit was also Musk’s opportunity to launch Tesla in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Musk explained that while computers can communicate at "a trillion bits per second", humans can barely type with... Read more...
Elon Musk is boring. No, he really is. The brilliant business magnate just released a first glimpse of his boring machine that he intends to use to tunnel under the streets of Los Angeles. Late last night Musk tweeted an image of a large boring machine with the cutting head unattached with the caption “Minecraft”. Last week workers were spotted excavating a test trench 30 feet wide, 50 feet long, and 15 feet deep in front of SpaceX’s Los Angeles headquarters. The excavation's current location corresponds with Musk’s wish of developing a seven mile tunnel between the 105 freeway and the entrance... Read more...
  All eyes were on SpaceX yesterday as the private space firm attempted to return to flight following a high-profile explosion in September. The September incident saw a Falcon 9 rocket explode while being fueled on the launch pad, burning Facebook’s first satellite project to a crisp. However, the space gods were definitely with SpaceX yesterday, as the Falcon 9 successfully put 10 Iridium satellites into low-Earth orbit (LEO). This was the first of a seven-launch contract that SpaceX has with Iridium to deploy a “constellation” of at least 70 satellites into LEO, forming the Iridium Next... Read more...
  SpaceX was riding high on a string of near-perfect launches and increasingly successful powered landings with its Falcon rocket family. However, the high-fives all around came to a screeching halt in September when a Falcon rocket exploded on the launchpad while refueling. The company has since been able to determine the root cause for the failure. Now, SpaceX is ready to return to space for the first time in months with the Iridium-1 mission. SpaceX’s revised Falcon rocket will deliver 10 satellites to LEO (low-Earth orbit) for mobile voice/data communications company Iridium. This initial... Read more...
We often hear about everything that goes wrong when it comes to Tesla’s Autopilot system that is featured on the Model S and Model X (and soon, the Model 3). But what about when it gets everything right and helps to avoid an accident? Avoiding an accident might be a common occurrence for Autopilot, but what about when it predicts an imminent crash — two cars ahead of you? That is exactly what happened in The Netherlands. You can see a Tesla Model X cruising along in the left lane, while the vehicle directly in front of it is speeding along seemingly oblivious to what is taking place ahead. However,... Read more...
Elon Musk isn’t just content with shaking up the car market (Tesla) or the space industry (SpaceX). With the shareholder-approved acquisition of SolarCity, Musk is also looking to revolutionize solar energy in the United States. Late last month, Musk unveiled textured quartz glass tiles that will be used in place of asphalt shingles that cover typical homes across America. But the added benefit of Tesla’s solar roof is that while they provide nearly the same energy benefits of typical solar panel installations on homes, they also happen to look like contemporary roofs with Textured Glass, Slate... Read more...
SpaceX has been flying so high in 2016 that its spectacular Falcon 9 explosion came as quite a shock to many in the space industry. There has been much conjecture regarding the explosion, including several conspiracy theories. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently stated that his company has discovered the root cause of the failure, solving the “toughest puzzle” it has ever encountered. The explosion occurred on September 1st in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket was supposed to launch Facebook's first satellite for use with its Internet.org initiative. Although the craft was destroyed, thankfully no... Read more...
Tesla revolutionized the electric car industry with the breakthrough Model S, and advanced the game with the Model X. Now, thanks to its impending purchase of SolarCity, CEO Elon Musk is looking to revolutionize the residential solar panel market. The use of solar panels in residential applications is nothing new, but the large installations are can be eyesores and don’t often blend in with the design aesthetic of the home. Tesla, however, has unveiled its new textured quartz glass tiles which replace the traditional asphalt shingles used in homes. The hydrographically-printed tiles appear completely... Read more...
Tesla has announced updates to its autonomous driving capabilities, with the company stating that all of its new vehicles produced from this point forward have the necessary hardware for “full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.” This puts the scope of this system even beyond current implementations of Autopilot and is fully complaint with Level 5 autonomy. The new hardware included to help drive these capabilities includes new forward-facing radar (which can see through rain and fog) and 8 cameras that provide a full 360-degree view of the... Read more...
The share price for Tesla Motors is up nearly 3 percent today after company founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk announced a mysterious product unveiling scheduled for next week. Musk didn't say what exactly Tesla has in store, only that whatever it is, it will be "unexpected by most." He also said it will be separate from a Tesla/Solar City product unveiling scheduled for October 28th. Musk's social media post leaves the field wide open for practically anything. He previously indicated that the October 28th event will feature a solar roof product developed by Tesla and SolarCity, plus... Read more...
Few would argue against calling Elon Musk a visionary. It's a requisite trait of most inventors, particularly those who are focused on future game changing technologies. Musk certainly has plenty of those in mind, from reinventing daily commutes with Tesla's Autopilot technology to Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation system for longer trips. His interests are varied, but when it comes to envisioning the future, Musk has five specific areas he's identified as the most likely to affect humanity. The first and biggest one is artificial intelligence, especially when looking at the near-term future.... Read more...
As anyone who's ever been in a committed relationship that eventually ended can attest, breakups aren't always smooth or amicable. The same goes in the business world. Proof of that is playing out right before our very eyes as Tesla Motors and Mobileye engage the media in a game of he-said-she-said over why the two parted ways. According to Tesla, it has nothing to do with safety concerns related to the automaker's Autopilot technology, as Mobileye indicated to the press a day earlier.From Tesla's perspective, Mobileye is acting like a scorned ex-lover and ticked at the automaker's decision to... Read more...
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