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Sep 27, 2018

SpaceX’s BFR and Raptor deemed “science-fiction”

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, ethics, space travel

Speaking in a September 7th interview with French newspaper Courrier International, Dr. Francis Rocard – director of French space agency CNES’ solar system exploration program – had little good to say about SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk’s long-term ambitions in space, going so far as to question the CEO’s driving ethics and label the company’s next-generation rocket and propulsion system “science-fiction”.

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Sep 23, 2018

Elon Musk Just Gave The Most Revealing Look Yet at The Rocket That’ll Fly to The Moon And Mars

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Elon Musk has provided several new, rare, and telling glimpses into how his rocket company, SpaceX, is building a spacecraft to reach Mars.

On September 17, Musk announced that SpaceX would fly Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa around the moon on the company’s Big Falcon Rocket or BFR. During that event, Musk showed off new renderings of the launch system, along with a few photos of the work going on inside SpaceX’s spaceship-building tent at the Port of Los Angeles.

These were the first new details about SpaceX’s rocket construction we’d gotten since April, when Musk posted a photo that revealed SpaceX was building the spacecraft using a 40-foot-long, 30-foot-wide cylindrical tool.

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Sep 22, 2018

SpaceX gives us a glimpse of its Mars base vision

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX chief Elon Musk has tweeted two photos that give us a peek into the company’s Martian dreams. One of the images shows the BFR, the massive rocket SpaceX is developing for deep space missions, while the other shows the BFR and what he called “Mars Base Alpha.” It’s no secret that the private space corporation wants to build a human settlement on the red planet. Back in 2017, it announced its plans to launch two BFR cargo missions to Mars by 2022 to prepare for the arrival of the first Martian settlers by 2024. Before any of that can happen, though, SpaceX has to be able to start testing its BFR system in the first half of 2019.

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Sep 20, 2018

SpaceX plans to launch a giant spaceship around the moon. But how will it land back on Earth?

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

The SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, is designed to land back on Earth in way Elon Musk calls “counterintuitive”.

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Sep 20, 2018

SpaceX Will Livestream Moon Tourist Flight in HD Virtual Reality, Elon Musk Says

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, virtual reality

Only a lucky handful of artists and a Japanese billionaire will take a trip on a rocketship to the moon with SpaceX. But the moonshot won’t just be televised; you’ll get to experience it from Earth in virtual reality.

That’s the message from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on the upcoming private moon flight of entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa, which Musk unveiled to the world Monday (Sept. 17). Maezawa will launch on a trip around the moon on SpaceX’s new Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), and he plans to take between six and eight artists along for the ride. The flight, called the Lunar BFR Mission, could launch as early as 2023, and we’ll all be able to watch it live and in VR, Musk said.

“Moon mission will be livestreamed in high def VR,” Musk announced on Twitter Tuesday (Sept. 18), “so it’ll feel like you’re there in real-time minus a few seconds for speed of light.” That speed-of-light reference is apparently a nod to the ever-so-slight time lag for a signal to cross the 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) between Earth and the moon. [How SpaceX’s Passenger Moon Flight Will Work].

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Sep 18, 2018

SpaceX to livestream private BFR Moon mission “in high-def VR” with Starlink satellites

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, space travel, virtual reality

Following a detailed update to SpaceX’s BFR plans and the first privately contracted mission to the Moon, CEO Elon Musk has tweeted that the company intends to stream the entire six-day journey in “high def VR”, a plan that would demand unprecedented communications capabilities between the Moon and the Earth.

Musk further confirmed that “Starlink should be active by [2023]”, suggesting – at a minimum – that the SpaceX-built and SpaceX-launched internet satellite constellation will have reached what is known as ‘initial operating capability’, pegged for Starlink at roughly 800 satellites launched.

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Sep 18, 2018

How NASA plans to use lunar dust to build structures on the Moon

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

With everyone from NASA to Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos looking to send people to the Moon and beyond, engineers at NASA’s Swamp Works are hard at work figuring out how to help future.

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Sep 18, 2018

Elon Musk And SpaceX Is Announcing The First Lunar Mission Tourist RIGHT NOW

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Elon Musk, the founder of the rocket company SpaceX, is about to reveal who the company’s first lunar space tourist will be.

“SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle – an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space,” SpaceX said on its website.

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Sep 17, 2018

SpaceX will send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to the Moon

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

This evening, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed that Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire and founder of Zozotown, Japan’s largest online clothing retailer, will be the first private customer to ride around the Moon on the company’s future massive rocket, the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Maezawa plans to fly on the trip as early as 2023, and he wants to take artists with him to turn the entire ride into an art project called #dearMoon. A website for the mission went live after the announcement.

“Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the Moon! I choose to go to the moon with artists!” Maezawa said to announce his trip at a SpaceX event.

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Sep 17, 2018

Lucid Motors closes $1 billion deal with Saudi Arabia to fund electric car production

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

Lucid Motors, the electric car startup that aims to compete with Tesla, will receive an eye-popping $1 billion in funding from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the kingdom announced on Monday. The investment will finance Lucid Motor’s 2020 commercial launch of its first electric vehicle, the Lucid Air. Meanwhile, Tesla’s stock dipped by as much as 2 percent in early trading on news of the investment.

The deal is a major win for Lucid, which has languished over the last year as it failed to secure the funding necessary to start making its luxury electric cars. News of the talks comes weeks after Saudi Arabia purchased 5 percent of Tesla and emerged as a central player in Elon Musk’s failed effort to take the company private again. Musk cited conversations with the director of the Saudi fund as the impetus for his push to take Tesla private.

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