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On Earth, Elon Musk is conquering the electric car market with Tesla Motors. In Earth’s orbit, the Musk-helmed SpaceX is revolutionizing commercial spaceflight and aiming to send U.S. astronauts into space with its Falcon rockets and Dragon crew capsules now that the Space Shuttle has been mothballed. But this is Elon Musk that we’re talking about here — he of course has even higher aspirations. Later this year, we’ll get a taste of what SpaceX is cooking up as it aims to go past Earth’s orbit onto a more ambitious destination: Mars. While visiting Hong Kong this week, Musk indicated that he plans... Read more...
When it comes to successful return landings for its Falcon 9 reusable rockets on Earth, it looks as though SpaceX has everything figured out. Things haven’t looked so hot at-sea, however, with SpaceX racking up two previous failures prior to yesterday’s third failed landing attempt on a floating droneship in the ocean. But we’ve got to give SpaceX a lot of credit for actually sticking the landing, something that CEO Elon Musk alluded to with the following tweet yesterday afternoon: However, that was not what prevented it being good. Touchdown speed was ok, but a leg lockout didn't... Read more...
SpaceX looked to pop open the champagne bottles with a successful landing at sea following its landmark ground landing last month. However, an unscathed landing at sea has eluded SpaceX once again. We must start off by saying that SpaceX’s primary mission, to launch NASA’s Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit, was a success. However the the first stage Falcon 9 rocket once again failed to land upright and intact on its floating barge platform. At this point, we don’t have video footage of the landing, but SpaceX took to Twitter to write: First stage on target at droneship... Read more...
Elon Musk is fully aware that Apple's working on an electric vehicle of its own. The Cupterino outfit hasn't announced anything of the sort, but as far as Musk is concerned, it's pretty much an "open secret" based on the talent Apple has hired and other leaked information. And you know what? He welcomes the rivalry, if there ends up being one.There's already some drama that's taken place between Tesla and Apple. Back in October, Musk took a jab at Apple's hiring spree of former Tesla employees."Important engineers? They have hired people we've fired," Musk told Handelsblatt, a German publication.... Read more...
Tesla said it's rolling out a software update, Tesla Version 7.1, that will put some new restrictions on hands-free driving in Model S sedans. After applying the the update, Model S vehicles in Autopilot mode will be restricted to going no more than 5 miles per hour over the speed limit when cruising through residential neighborhoods and highways without a divider. Having Autopilot on will also result in Tesla's vehicles slowing down in situations where a human driver might do the same, like on curves or after flipping the turn signal in anticipation of an upcoming turn. This is to make the autopilot... Read more...
If you have even a passing interest in space travel, the past few months have been incredibly exciting. Blue Origin pushed the envelope by shooting its New Shepard launch system to a height of 62 miles and then successfully performing a controlled landing the BE-3 rocket booster back to earth. SpaceX last month leapfrogged those efforts, sending its Falcon 9 even faster and higher to a height of 124 miles, before making a successful powered landing. The endgame for both Blue Origin and SpaceX is to significantly reduce the costs of space travel. In the case of Blue Origin, the company is looking... Read more...
Blue Origin New ShepardA new space race is taking place today, and it’s being dominated by Silicon Valley companies looking to make space travel more affordable for military, commercial and civilian launches. In November, we saw Blue Origin’s New Shepard space launch system make an incredible voyage to a suborbital height of 62 miles, and then safely land its BE-3 rocket back to Earth. At the time, Elon Musk congratulated Blue Origin (which is helmed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) for its accomplishment, but noted that what SpaceX was trying to achieve with its reusable Dragon 9 rockets was a much harder... Read more...
Folks, we just witnessed history this evening. After two previous failed landings (one in January, one in April) and a complete vehicle failure in June, SpaceX struck gold tonight, successfully completing a powered, upright landing of its Falcon 9 rocket. The significance of this achievement is profound, as the Falcon 9 not only blasted off in to space, but it achieved orbit (launching 11 ORBCOMM satellites in the process) at a height of 200km. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin completed a vertical landing of its BE-3 rocket engine last month, but that rocket didn’t travel as high or as fast as the... Read more...
They say you can’t fix stupid, but Tesla Motors is doing its best to prevent drivers from performing stupid stunts in their Model S electric cars using the Autopilot function. Last month, Tesla released a beta version of its Autopilot software for Model S sedans built since September 2014 (roughly 40,000 in number), and it didn’t take long for owners to perform risky maneuvers in the vehicles, putting not only themselves at danger, but also the rest of the motoring public. Autopilot uses a combination of cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors to scan the vehicle’s surroundings and use this data... Read more...
Elon Musk definitely knows how to keep his automotive company, Tesla Motors, in the news. While promoting his company in a German interview last week, Musk took a few shots at former employees and Apple (he later clarified those statements) and Tesla last last month officially introduced the Model X crossover EV. In top-level trim, the Model X can out accelerate Porsche 911 Turbo, which is no easy feat. Today, Tesla is back in the news for a feature that is being introduced to its critically acclaimed Model S. Tesla Autopilot is the headlining feature in Tesla Version 7.0 software. Autopilot works... Read more...
Tesla Motors is at the forefront of innovation in the electric car market. The company got the ball rolling with its Roadster, then really amped things up with the Model S. The Model S has been heaped with praise and continues to get better with new high performance variants and numerous over-the-air software updates. And the company is now ready to tackle the soccer mom market with the Model X and the entry-level luxury market with the Model III should arrive sometime in 2017. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is an audacious leader that demands a lot from his engineers (and himself) to push the envelope when... Read more...
One of the most famous scenes in the Star Wars saga is when Luke Skywalker stands on his home planet Tatooine and watches a double sunset. If SpaceX founder and CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk gets his wish, a similar scene could play out for a future generation on Mars, but first we have to hurl nukes in the planet's direction.The plan to nuke Mars to make it habitable for humans earned Musk his "super villain" designation, though he's not looking to decimate the planet's surface. Following the discovery of salt water flowing on Mars, Musk clarified his plans for heating up Mars with nuclear bombs.... Read more...
“At what point do you tip over from visionary to supervillain, and where are you building your secret mountain lair,” Stephen Colbert jokingly asked Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk earlier this month during a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Well, now we know the answer… Elon Musk is truly a supervillain! After all, who else but a supervillain would unveil an all-new electric vehicle that features a “Bioweapon Defense Mode” button? Well, that’s exactly what Musk has included in the new Model X crossover, and it’s designed to protect your lungs if you ever find yourself in “an apocalyptic... Read more...
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk knows how to keep his company in the headlines. Earlier this week, the company’s Model X crossover made headlines when it was announced that pre-orders have opened for select customers. Although it was readily apparent to us what exactly Tesla was doing when it announced pricing for the Model X Signature Series, which starts at $132,200, other people were rather outraged at such an astronomically high price tag (as if people didn’t know that Tesla EVs are already quite expensive). The Model X Signature Series is a fully decked out vehicle with nearly every option box... Read more...
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