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We've covered Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop before, including some speculation on what kind of system he might propose. The mass transit concept unveiled today is similar, in some respects, to the evacuated vacuum tube first proposed by the Rand Corporation in 1972, but varies in a number of key areas. It doesn't rely on maintaining a full vacuum, but instead offers an atmosphere roughly 1/6 pressure found on Mars, or equivalent to cruising Earth at 150,000 feet. As expected, the initial LA - SF proposed run would accelerate passengers to trans-sonic velocities, but they wouldn't do it using maglev. Instead, a linear induction motor is used to provide the necessary acceleration and deceleration,... Read more...
If space truly is the final frontier, then one company just took another small step toward the eventual giant leap toward reaching space. SpaceX, (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation), a privately-held space-transportation company, just conducted a successful test of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle's first-stage rocket booster. This comes less than two months after SpaceX successfully launched its two-stage, Falcon 1 rocket to become "the first privately-developed liquid fuel rocket to achieve Earth orbit." Where Falcon 1 is designed to launch small payloads into low-earth orbit, the Falcon 9 is designed to carry heavier payloads and travel further above the Earth, such as into geostationary... Read more...
What do you know?  The fourth time is the charm, at least for the Falcon 1 two-stage SpaceX rocket.  This was the fourth flight of the rocket, and it became the first commercial space vehicle to reach earth orbit. Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, who made his fortune as co-founder of PayPal prior to starting this space venture, said: "This is a great day for SpaceX and the culmination of an enormous amount of work by a great team. The data shows we achieved a super precise orbit insertion—middle of the bull's-eye — and then went on to coast and restart the second stage, which was icing on the cake."Of course, the saddest part about the failure of flight 3 was the loss of not just... Read more...
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