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Jul 15, 2021

SpaceX: How Mars “spy satellite” creator tracked Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster

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An engineer who helped develop a camera for Mars has built a tool to track the most fascinating car in the Solar System.

Jul 15, 2021

Tesla has Powerwall backlog of 80,000 orders worth over $500 million

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla currently has a Powerwall backlog of 80000 orders, which is worth over $500 million, but it can’t ramp up production to meet that due to the global chip shortage.

Tesla has been production constrained with the Powerwall for a long time.

The demand has been strong in several markets, like the US and Australia, but production hasn’t been to catch up despite significant ramp-ups.

Jul 14, 2021

Elon Musk’s Table Salt Lithium Extraction Now Has A Tesla Patent

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We hear about EV battery breakthroughs all the time, but they don’t seem to pan out. Perhaps Tesla’s new lithium extraction method will be the exception.

Jul 14, 2021

Russia’s space chief wishes his oligarchs invested in space like Branson and Musk

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

After Sir Richard Branson’s spaceflight this weekend, the leader of Russia’s main space corporation, Roscosmos, offered some kind words about the achievement on Twitter. Dmitry Rogozin called the flight a “landmark” in terms of technology development and expanding the number of humans able to see Earth from space.

Then Rogozin went a step further, lamenting the fact that Russia’s “billionaire oligarchs” spend their money on yachts and vanity projects rather than the development of space technology and increasing humanity’s knowledge of space.

This is a notable comment from Rogozin, who in the past has been critical of one particular billionaire spending his money developing space technology: SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Among other remarks, Rogozin has said that NASA should not get too cocky about its newfound access to space in case SpaceX’s Crew Dragon vehicle “breaks.” He has also said that SpaceX is “gentle” for getting to work in the balmy conditions of South Texas, while Russian engineers and technicians work in the depths of Siberia during the winter.

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Jul 13, 2021

Starship: Elon Musk reveals how many engines SpaceX needs for Mars city

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How many rocket engines does it take to build a city on Mars?


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to build a Mars city. Here’s how many engines his Starship will need to get there.

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Jul 12, 2021

Elon Musk unveils SpaceX’s newest drone ship for rocket landings at sea

Posted by in categories: drones, Elon Musk, robotics/AI, space travel

Meet ‘A Shortfall of Gravitas.’


The drone fleet used by SpaceX to catch falling rockets now has a third autonomous ship, whimsically called “A Shortfall of Gravitas.”

Founder Elon Musk unveiled the newest floating rocket landing pad on Twitter Friday (July 9) along with a dramatic video from a flying drone circling the ship.

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Jul 11, 2021

SpaceX’s Elon Musk and celebrities cheer on Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 launch (video)

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“Go forth and conquer,” actor Kate Winslet says.


SpaceX’s Elon Musk is among the high-profile people celebrating Branson’s preparations for space.

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Jul 10, 2021

Tesla finally begins shipping ‘Full Self-Driving’ beta version 9 after a long delay

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

Tesla began sending out over-the-air software updates for its long-awaited “Full Self-Driving” beta version 9, the definitely-not-autonomous-but-certainly-advanced driver assist system.

As promised by Elon Musk, the software update (2021.4.18.12) began uploading after midnight on Friday, giving thousands of Tesla owners who have purchased the FSD option access to the feature, which enables drivers to use many of Autopilot’s advanced driver-assist features on local, non-highway streets.

Jul 9, 2021

Dating AI Robots, with Elon Musk & Boston Dynamics

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A Dangerous AI and Robot Dance, with Elon Musk, Tom Scott & Pissbot (aka Boston Dynamics’ Spot).

We’re new to youtube, so comments and subs are really helpful.

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Jul 8, 2021

Years Ago Elon Musk Entered The ‘Lion’s Den,’ His Responses Wowed

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When asked if Tesla is a threat to the oil and gas industry, he said he didn’t really think so. Then he paused, thought a bit, and added “Yet.”

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