Archive for the ‘Elon Musk’ category: Page 185

Mar 11, 2020

These Industrial Robots Get More Adept With Every Task

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Vicarious, a secretive 10-year-old startup backed by Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos, reveals its progress and an initial customer.

Mar 10, 2020

SpaceX’s latest Starship prototype passes big tank pressure test

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX’s newest prototype of its Starship Mars-colonizing vehicle just passed a crucial pressure test, potentially paving the way for more ambitious trials in the near future.

Starship version SN2 survived a cryogenic pressure test late Sunday (March 8) at SpaceX’s South Texas facilities, company founder and CEO Elon Musk said. You can see a video timelapse of the test from Starship watcher Mary BocaChicaGal here for NASASpaceflight.com.

Mar 9, 2020

Inside Elon Musk’s plan to build one Starship a week—and settle Mars

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

I think we need, probably, on the order of 1,000 ships.

Mar 6, 2020

Elon Musk’s Australian Battery Farm Has Saved $116 Million AUD In Two Years

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, energy, food, sustainability

Elon Musk was challenged to fix South Australia’s energy problem in 2017, and just two years on he’s saved Australians millions.

Mar 6, 2020

Elon Musk Wants to Build a New Starship Every 72 Hours So He Can Colonize Mars

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Elon Musk is bulking up his rocket-building workforce—big time. Ars Technica visited the Texas home of SpaceX, where Musk was calling a meeting on a Sunday “morning” at 1 a.m. There’s a lot to unpack here.

To start, Musk is worried that our window of opportunity to make it to Mars is closing—so we better hurry up. After the 1 a.m. meeting, SpaceX added over 250 new employees in two days, representing a full doubling of the workforce.

Ars Technica visited the day after the major Starship prototype implosion that made news earlier this week. The SN1 prototype blew up as a direct result of weak welds. It sounds like everyone involved knew this prototype was faulty and told Musk so when he asked, and he insists it was never designed to fly for real anyway.

Mar 6, 2020

Tesla Solar Roof: Elon Musk-shared image reveals its best feature

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

The company’s solar-storing tiles are making waves.

Mar 4, 2020

Podcast #42: Going to Mars, featuring Moriba Jah

Posted by in categories: biological, economics, Elon Musk, engineering, space travel

Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking are not alone in their calls for humanity to become a multi-planetary species. But they certainly are the most visible advocates for space colonization. And while the moon might be the most obvious jumping off point to the solar system and beyond, nothing stands out as a potential site for long term settlement more than Mars.

But just how realistic is sending astronauts to the Red Planet anytime soon–let alone colonizing it permanently? The obstacles are many, and aerospace engineering may well be the least of them. The human biological, psychological tolss and survival strategies–radiation, low gravity, isolation and the marshalling air, water, and food resources–all stand in the way. And then there is the economic cost and the political and public will. In this edition of Seeking Delphi,™ I talk to former NASA Mars mission navigator, Moriba Jah, about the many challenges of leaving of our home planet.

Mar 2, 2020

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is getting a giant cloak for key military missions

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

Elon Musk’s giant rocket is getting a bizarrely-shaped tower.

Mar 2, 2020

Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

The partial rocket named “SN1” literally buckled under pressure.

Mar 1, 2020

SpaceX’s founder tells US Air Force the era of fighter jets is ending

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, military

Elon Musk also shared some thoughts on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.