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The Miracle of SolarCity

There’s a huge, ongoing, and justifiable obsession with Elon Musk and his ventures—chiefly Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, and SpaceX, his private spacecraft business. It’s not surprising a biography of the man was a best-seller this year. Show More Summary

Members of Congress raise questions about SpaceX investigation in wake of explosion

He might be impatient, perhaps at times surly, the way super smart people are when they feel the world around them isn't keeping up. But no one has ever accused Elon Musk of being lax, or anything but an obsessive who attacks huge challenges -- i.e., colonizing Mars -- with an intense relentlessness.Read full article >>

Is Space About To Experience A Design Renaissance?

Will SpaceX and Virgin Galactic push the boundaries of space exploration? Two aerospace experts weigh in. Getting human beings off the planet is the hardest design challenge mankind has ever undertaken. Yet it's also a solved problem: we've been sending people into space since 1961. Read Full Story

Kalashnikovs of Tomorrow: Musk, Hawking, Wozniak Fear Killer Robot Armies

Fears of artificial intelligence (AI) gone wrong prompted more than a thousand scholars and public figures - including theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak - to sign an open letter, cautioning that the autonomous weapons race is “a bad idea” and presents a major threat to humanity.

Elon Musk Joins The Call For a Ban On Autonomous Weapons

Tesla and SpaceX CEO adds his name to an open letter voicing concern over artificial intelligence in weaponry

9 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Ever since he was a child in South Africa, Elon Musk has been a big reader, of everything from science-fiction novels to historical biographies. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has said that reading books taught him how to build rockets....Show More Summary

SpaceX Buys Additional $75 Million In Bonds From SolarCity

Right after the start of the summer season, solar business heated up when SEC filing news noted that Elon Musk’s SpaceX would be purchasing an additional $75 million in solar-backed bonds from SolarCity (of which Elon is Chairman), boosting its total investment to $165 million. Show More Summary

Do Nice Guys Finish Last? Five Lessons From Apple, Tesla, And Volkswagen

What is the special sauce driving today’s most successful corporate leaders? So much has been written about the prickly personalities of the late Steve Jobs of Apple, Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, and Ferdinand Piech, the former Volkswagen Chairman, that one might be left with the impression that [...]

Rival Claims SpaceX Internet Satellites Could Block Its Own

Satellite internet provider Intelsat has asked the FCC to reject an application from Elon Musk's private space company SpaceX to test its proposed satellite internet service. The post Rival Claims SpaceX Internet Satellites Could Block Its Own appeared first on WIRED.

A Competitor Has Asked the FCC to Block SpaceX's Satellite Internet Test

One of the world's largest satellite companies has asked the US government to block SpaceX's planned internet satellite test, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. SpaceX and its founder, Elon Musk, plan to...Show More Summary

The SpaceX Launch Explosion Explained in Geeky Detail With MS Paint

To non-rocket-scientists (and those who don’t play Kerbal Space Program), discussions of rocket science can sometimes get a little overly technical. To fully explain what we know about the SpaceX explosion in a non-PhD way, here’s some Paint-quality graphics. http://gizmodo.com/a-single-weak-... Read more...

Cheeky Photo Series Shows What It’s Like To Be A Tourist On Mars

We know a lot of you must be bummed about not being selected for a mission to Mars on SpaceX or Mars One, or, actually, maybe you’re just happy to see Mars right here from the comfort of earth. Either way, this fun photo series from Julien Mauve is exactly what you need. In Greetings [...]Show More Summary

SpaceX blames Falcon 9 rocket launch failure on faulty strut

Elon Musk has revealed that a broken strut doomed the Falcon 9 launch last month. What's odd is that the strut broke at a point far below its design tolerance.

SPACE: Elon Musk: Failed Strut Caused SpaceX’s ISS Rocket Disaster. Rockets blow up, especially wh…

SPACE: Elon Musk: Failed Strut Caused SpaceX’s ISS Rocket Disaster. Rockets blow up, especially when they’re new. It’s important to learn when they do.

The Half Earth Catalog

Oh, that planet of ours. On February 11, 2015, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched with the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, on board. The sat was slowly eased into an orbit 1.5 million km (just under a million miles) away from Earth and toward the Sun, into a gravitational soft spot called the L1 point. Show More Summary

“Really odd” SpaceX rocket explosion likely caused by one faulty metal strut

When a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket headed to the International Space Station suddenly exploded shortly after take off on last month, it brought an end to a string of 18 successful missions conducted with the new rocket. Now, after poring over thousands of of

SpaceX Says 2-Foot Strut Snapped, Brought Down Falcon 9 Rocket

The company's founder and chief executive, Elon Musk, said Monday that two minutes into the June 28 launch, one of the struts in the second stage of the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket likely broke loose.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Lost Due to Internal Strut Failure

On June 28, 2015, disaster hit an uncrewed SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket 2 minutes 20 seconds after launch. Video made it clear something went wrong in the second stage, and at a press conference on Monday, CEO Elon Musk announced the mostShow More Summary

Failure of One Metal Strut Seemed to Doom SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

Elon Musk, SpaceX’s chief executive, said a preliminary inquiry pointed to the failure of a single metal strip that was holding down a helium bottle within the second-stage liquid oxygen tank.

Musk says CRS-7 explosion may have been due to faulty strut

On June 28, SpaceX suffered a major setback when its unmanned CRS-7 mission carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded shortly after liftoff. In a press conference today, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk laid...Show More Summary

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