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  • Toyota’s new hydrogen-powered car has a record-setting range

    07/01/2015 2:37:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/01/2015 | Graham Rapier
    Toyota has been very vocal about its lofty plans for the new Mirai. After severing ties with Tesla in 2014, Toyota has shifted its focus toward fuel cells and away from all-electric cars. On Wednesday, Toyota announced that the Mirai had achieved an EPA-estimated range of 312 miles. That’s the longest range of any zero-emission vehicle on the market today, including electric vehicles. “Toyota realized in the early 90’s that electrification was key to the future of the automobile,” said Toyota’s North America CEO Jim Lentz in a statement “Just as the Prius introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to millions of customers...
  • SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

    06/29/2015 2:49:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    L A Times ^ | Christine Mai-Duc
    As of early Monday morning, founder Elon Musk tweeted, no cause had been determined after ”several thousand engineering-hours” of review, meaning more than 100 engineers were working to investigate the problem. Investigators were using software to recover the "final milliseconds" before the explosion, he tweeted. Officials have said that all nine of the rocket’s engines had fired normally and that the rocket's trajectory was “right on target.” The Dragon capsule, which contained the cargo, was “healthy” and sending data back for “some time” after the incident, officials said. The rocket was about 28 miles above Earth when it broke up....
  • The green mirage—and con job

    06/28/2015 5:28:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/28/15 | Paul Driessen & Tom Tamarkin
    Musk, Schmidt, Simons and billionaire buddies build empire based on climate and energy BS Elon Musk and his fellow barons of Climate Crisis, Inc. recently got a huge boost from Pope Francis. Musk et al. say fossil fuels are causing unprecedented warming and weather disasters. The Pope agrees and says Catholics must “ask God for a positive outcome” to negotiations over another UN climate treaty. It matters not that the predicted calamities are not happening. There has been no warming in 19 years, no category 3-5 hurricanes making US landfall for a record 9-1/2 years, indeed none of the over-hyped...
  • SpaceX Capsule to Deliver New Parking Spot for Space Station

    06/26/2015 5:40:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    AP ^ | MARCIA DUNN
    Besides food and experiments, the Dragon cargo ship ordered up by NASA holds a new docking port, or parking place, for future commercial crew capsules. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. Sunday. Good flying weather is forecast for SpaceX's unmanned Falcon rocket. This shipment is especially critical because the space station has lost two deliveries since fall. A Russian supply ship spun out of control shortly after liftoff in April and burned up on re-entry with all its contents. In October, an Orbital Sciences Corp. cargo carrier was destroyed in a Virginia launch explosion. Once again, SpaceX is picking up...
  • SpaceX hopes third time a charm in landing historic booster rocket

    06/27/2015 4:43:10 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | June 27, 2015 | Amanda Barnett
    Once again, SpaceX will try to recover a very expensive part of its rocket after launching it into space. If SpaceX succeeds in recovering the first stage of its rocket after its 10:21 a.m. ET launch on Sunday at Florida's Cape Canaveral, it will be a historical achievement. It will push space travel further toward a future in which people, satellites and other items can be inexpensively launched into orbit.
  • Would sending people to Mars bring Americans together?

    06/24/2015 9:14:32 PM PDT · by Marcus · 31 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    n an op-ed published in Florida Today on Wednesday, Jeff Kottkamp, a former lieutenant governor of Florida, and Rich Ramos, a Florida businessman, proposed a new justification for sending humans to Mars. A Mars program would serve, in their view, as a means to foster national unity of the sort that is rarely achieved outside times of war. Some recent polling data suggests that they may be on to something.
  • How Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Krauss got space exploration wrong

    06/24/2015 9:11:48 PM PDT · by Marcus · 5 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to a Tuesday piece in Motherboard, Noam Chomsky, a philosopher and political commentator, and Lawrence Krauss, a physicist and cosmologist, had a public dialogue about space exploration. Being both men of the far left, they concluded that space travel should be best left to robots and conducted by governments. The conclusions are the exact opposite of what the prevailing trends are in space policy.
  • SpaceX and the Russian Rocket Mess

    06/13/2015 8:55:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | June 12, 2015 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    The first thing to notice is how rapidly Elon Musk's SpaceX is altering the market for government-sponsored rocket launches. Witness how frequently the words "to compete with SpaceX" appear in industry statements and press coverage. To compete with SpaceX, say multiple reports, the United Launch Alliance, the Pentagon's traditional supplier, is developing a new Vulcan rocket powered by a reusable engine designed by Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin. Because of SpaceX, says Aviation Week magazine, Japan's government has instructed Mitsubishi to cut in half the cost of the Japanese workhorse rocket, and China is planning a new family of kerosene-fueled Long...
  • Airbus Unveils Partially Reusable Rocket Design 'Adeline'

    06/13/2015 8:15:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 8th, 2015 | Loren Grush
    But can it ever hope to compete with SpaceX? Like the Falcon 9, Adeline is only partially reusable -- but the way it's meant to work is quite creative. While most of the rocket's fuselage goes unrecovered after launch, the bottom portion of the rocket housing the main engine (most expensive part and arguably the most important) is designed to safely return back home. The design calls for the first stage of the rocket to come equipped with wings and propellers, allowing it to travel back to Earth like a small plane and land gently on a runway. The key...
  • Is Elon Musk Just A Billionaire Welfare King?

    06/12/2015 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 11 June 2015 | Gaurav Agnihotri
    Elon Musk our billionaire, whose Stimulus funded Tesla Motors, Solarandra City and (only option to Russia, NASA is out) Space X has received $4.9 billion in FedSlush. Is Elon Musk a billionaire welfare queen of Federal grants, discounted loans, tax breaks, government RICO & Carbon credits? Tesla is set to receive an incentive worth $1.3 billion from the state of Nevada. Anyone who buys a Tesla gets a $7,500 federal income tax credit, Californians receive an additional rebate of $2,500 from the state. In all, Tesla Motors Inc. has received close to $2.391 billion in form of government subsidies. SolarCity,...
  • Cruz Mega-Donor is Gay, Pro-Pot Billionaire

    06/12/2015 6:59:38 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 51 replies
    TexasTribune.com ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jay Root
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. ...
  • As outrage rises over NASA Commercial Crew funding cut, time to make a deal?

    06/12/2015 4:16:39 AM PDT · by Marcus · 8 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 12, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The drama surrounding funding for NASA’s Commercial Crew program has started up once again. In the wake of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s cutting funding for the program by over $300 million, supporters have fallen back on familiar patterns of futile complaining. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden claimed that the funding shortfall would delay the restoration of American spaceflight capability by as much as two years. Bolden was mild compared to some of Commercial Crew’s supporters on the Internet.
  • Tesla leases former Solyndra building in Fremont

    06/11/2015 7:02:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/11/15 | David R. Baker
    Fast-growing Tesla Motors has leased a Fremont building once occupied by Solyndra before the solar company’s high-profile implosion, the Silicon Valley Business Times reported Thursday. The 500,000-square-foot facility, at 901 Page Ave., was the last of Solyndra’s former buildings to remain empty. Seagate Technologies snapped up Solyndra’s main factory — built with $528 million in federal loans — in 2012. And earlier this year, SolarCity leased a two-building Solyndra complex at 47700 Kato Rd. Tesla CEO Elon Musk chairs SolarCity’s corporate board.
  • Elon Musk’s radical plan to let people travel in 760 mph tubes

    06/06/2015 12:19:51 PM PDT · by Baynative · 100 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard and Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com
    Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop' was dismissed as a pipe dream that would never get off the ground. But now the billionaire's plans to shoot capsules of passengers along a tube at around the speed of sound may launch as soon as next year. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has secured land for the first full-scale Hyperloop with a 2016 launch in the California town of Quay Valley.
  • Elon Musk Defends His Companies' Subsidies

    06/05/2015 9:20:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 5, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    Alt-energy/transport-tech CEO Elon Musk and his trio of companies (Tesla,SolarCity andSpaceX) didn’t cooperate with the Los Angeles Times on its article that tabulated his businesses’ whopping sum of corporate welfare ($4.9 billion) , and he was predictably miffed by the (accurate) portrayal. So he went about trying to fix things on CNBC and with the Times on Monday, but not by denying the conclusions reached by reporter Jerry Hirsch, but instead by essentially pointing at fossil fuel industries and saying “they do it more.” “If I cared about subsidies,” Musk told Hirsch in a follow-up to his Sunday expose’,...
  • Pentagon Blames Congress For Fouling Up Rocket Deals With Russia: Geopolitical positioning system

    Space makes for strange relationships. With NASA’s Space Shuttle shuttered since 2011, American astronauts have hitched rides to the International Space Station inside Russian Soyuz rockets for the past four years. But ever since Russia claimed Crimea and supported a separatist movement in Ukraine, the United States and Russia haven’t exactly been on great terms. Congress passed punitive sanctions on Russia, and in retaliation, Russia forbade the sale of rocket engines to the American military. Yet the Pentagon, which is currently supplying the Ukrainian military with vehicles, now needs a little help getting its military satellites to space. So it's...
  • Batteriser is a $2.50 gadget that extends disposable battery life by 800 percent

    06/03/2015 2:58:05 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    PC World ^ | 06/01/15 | Jon Phillips
    “The Batteriser has boost circuitry that will boost the voltage from 0.6 volts to 1.5 volts and will maintain voltage at 1.5—which is a brand new battery,” Roohparvar says. “There’s actually no IP [intellectual property] in the boost circuitry. Our technology is really a miniaturization technique that allows us to build the sleeve. We have some IP in some of the IC circuits that are in there, but the key is we’ve been able to miniaturize the boost circuit to a point that no one else has been able to achieve. “ To prove that he’s not peddling snake oil,...
  • South Africa a Time Bomb Ready to Explode (Ongoing White Genocide Completely Ignored by MSM)

    There are many stories comparing South Africa to a time bomb ready to explode from the deplorable conditions and slow genocide of the whites. The delicate situation of crime, corruption and poverty increasing throughout the land raises concern. Living under a communist government led by a president who rules over nepotism, lining his pockets and destroying everything the apartheid government built.There is the element of the South African Communist party affiliated to the governing African National Congress (ANC) who have not sidetracked from influencing the Zuma administration and turning South Africa into a one-party state. Julius Malema kicked out of...
  • Taxpayer Subsidies Keep Elon Musk's Companies Afloat

    06/02/2015 11:24:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 2, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    Well, somebody did it, and it was the mainstream media. Congratulations to the Los Angeles Times for taking the time to research and estimate the total amount of U.S. public (local, state, and federal) subsidies for companies owned or run by South African-born Canadian-American Elon Musk. The total amount calculated by reporter Jerry Hirsch for taxpayer-backed incentives – of many different forms, including tax credits and rebates provided to customers – was $4.9 billion. The corporate beneficiaries have been Tesla Motors and SpaceX, where Musk is CEO, and SolarCity Corp., where he is chairman. The sum does not include SpaceX’s...
  • The Time to Think About the 3D-Printed Future Is Now

    05/09/2015 3:16:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Harvard Business Review ^ | May 6, 2015 | Professor Richard D’Aveni
    3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, is likely to revolutionize business in the next several years. Often dismissed in the popular mindset as a tool for home-based “makers” of toys and trinkets, the technology is gaining momentum in large-scale industry. Already it has moved well beyond prototyping and, as I explain in a new HBR article, it will increasingly be used to produce high-volume parts and products in several industries. Since I prepared that article, new developments have only strengthened the case for a 3-D future – and heightened the urgency for management teams to adjust their strategies. Impressive next-generation technologies...
  • Elon Musk’s $5 Billion in Govt Subsidies Helps Make Ends Meet

    05/31/2015 1:52:41 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 31 May 2015 | Robert Wilde
    If you build it we will come could be the mantra for Los Angeles billionaire mogul Elon Musk. Well the Los Angeles entrepreneur built Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, and what came was an estimated $4.9 billion in government subsidies, according to data compiled by The Los Angeles Times. “He definitely goes where there is government money,” said Dan Dolev, an analyst at Jefferies Equity Research. “That’s a great strategy, but the government will cut you off one day.” Now after a plethora of government incentives, such as grants, tax breaks, factory...
  • Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies

    05/31/2015 9:27:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/31/15 | Jerry Hirsch
    Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space. And he's built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies. Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support, according to data compiled by The Times. The figure underscores a common theme running through his emerging empire: a public-private financing model underpinning long-shot start-ups. "He definitely goes where there is government money," said Dan Dolev, an analyst at...
  • Tesla is apparently recharging ’emissions free’ electric cars with a diesel generator

    05/28/2015 10:36:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 55 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | May 28, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    Bishop Hill points us to this video of the Tesla Supercharging station at the Harris Ranch exit of Interstate 5 in California. He writes: “How can one resist posting a video of Tesla electric cars being recharged (so it is claimed) using a diesel generator? These people love the environment you see.” The video shows a portable diesel generator next to the charging station and some Tesla automobiles. Watch this short video:
  • Tesla Motors Inc: Gigafactory To Be A Major Turning Point In Auto Market

    05/26/2015 9:35:12 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 45 replies
    valuewalk ^ | May 26, 2015 08:08:59 PM | Michelle Jones
    Tesla Motors Inc: Gigafactory To Be A Major Turning Point In Auto Market Posted By: Michelle JonesPosted date: May 26, 2015 08:08:59 PMIn: TechnologyNo Comments Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is leading the way in electric vehicle technology, especially in batteries, and this is a good time to be in Tesla’s position. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) estimates that “electrified vehicles” will be one-quarter of the car sales in the world in the next ten years. The analysts define “electrified vehicles” as those with an electric powertrain, which include not only EVs but also hybrids and fuel cell vehicles.Tesla is taking one of...
  • Russian rocket pieces may crash on land after launch goes awry

    05/16/2015 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Lurch Addams · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/16/15 | Ben Brumfield and Brian Walker
    A glitch in a Russian space launch may have sent part of a rocket and its payload -- a satellite -- plummeting down onto southeastern Siberia, according to Russian state-run media reports. It is the second space mission failure for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, in less than a month. And the mishap occurs on the anniversary of a similar loss in 2014.
  • What Do The Model-T And The Tesla Have In Common?

    05/12/2015 10:19:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 12, 2015 | George Leef
    Henry Ford did a lot for the automobile in America. What everyone knows is that he figured out how to improve manufacturing efficiency so much that the auto was transformed from a toy for the rich into an item that ordinary people could afford. ... But very few people know that Ford had to fight against a cartel to be allowed to sell his vehicles. In this 2001 article published in The Freeman, “How Henry Ford Zapped a Licensing Monopoly,” Melvin Barger goes into the fascinating history of Ford’s legal battle against the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers (ALAM). In...
  • Doomed Russian Spaceship May Re-Enter Next Week

    05/01/2015 12:44:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Irene Klotz
    An out-of-control Russian Progress capsule, loaded with more than 3 tons of cargo for the International Space Station, may burn up in the atmosphere as early as next week, NASA said on Friday. Ground controllers lost contact with the ship shortly after its launch on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Engineers tried for more than a day to rescue the craft, to no avail ... An investigation in the botched mission is underway. Preliminary findings indicate a problem with the capsule’s separation from its Soyuz launcher. Among the evidence: debris orbiting near the tumbling Progress capsule, the Air...
  • Black Scientist: Push to Colonize Mars is Racist

    04/17/2015 7:45:59 AM PDT · by rightistight · 106 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/17/15 | Aurelius
    Dr. Danielle N. Lee, who writes for the Scientific American blog network and calls herself "the Urban Scientist," believes that the push to visit Mars and eventually inhabit it is "white colonialism." Dr. Lee expressed her concerns in both the Scientific American blog and on Twitter. Writing in Scientific American in an article titled, "When discussing Humanity’s next move to space, the language we use matters," Dr. Lee discusses Elon Musk's push to inhabit Mars some day. She is very critical of Musk, saying that his language is not inclusive enough to either women and minorities. "Diversity, Inclusion, Access and...
  • Tesla Could Be Changing The Dynamics Of Global Energy

    04/28/2015 10:13:13 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 43 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-04-2015 | Prince In White Tesla
    Tesla’s announcement last week about creating a new line of batteries for use by businesses, consumers, and the electrical grid at large is a game-changer for the industry. Currently, when individuals or companies need back-up power, they usually rely on generators. Effective battery storage for large amounts of energy would be a game changer in that it would enable a separation of generation and use of energy produced through clean fuels like solar and wind power. The big problem with solar and wind right now is that the energy is only useful when it is actually produced and, because a...
  • 'Only a miracle can save it’ Russian spacecraft 'hurtling towards Earth' as contact lost

    04/29/2015 6:06:57 AM PDT · by McGruff · 26 replies
    EXPRESS ^ | 4/29/2015 | PAUL BALDWIN
    Flight controllers are unable to receive data from unmanned Progress M-27M – and the only way to regain control would be an ultra-risky ‘manual stablilisation’ carried out by the ISS crew. But a Russian space program analyst said: “Trying to stabilise it manually would be extremely risky. You could destroy the station and kill the crew.” The spacecraft is carrying more than 6,000lb of food, fuel and supplies for the ISS crew – which is currently home to Russian and American astronauts. The M-27M was launched via a standard Soyuz rocket at 8.09 a.m. GMT today (1.09 p.m. local time...
  • Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

    04/23/2015 5:28:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Northwest Public Radio ^ | APRIL 15, 2015 | JESSICA ROBINSON
    The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a different direction -- they’re charging owners more. Idaho recently approved one of the country’s highest fees for electric cars. Here’s the problem: states traditionally fund highways with a gas tax. But you only pay that if you buy gas. Last week, Idaho lawmakers voted to charge electric vehicle owners an extra $140 annual registration fee. … which was news to Cleve Buttars. "Wow. Well, um ..." Buttars lives in Twin Falls and drives a...
  • Musk blames SpaceX rocket landing FAIL on lazy 'throttle valve response'

    04/19/2015 2:52:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | Kelly Fiveash
    Billionaire biz baron Elon Musk has revealed a few more details about why SpaceX's latest attempt to land a rocket in one piece at sea had failed. The Register reported on the drama as it unfolded on Tuesday. Once again, Falcon 9 successfully launched the capsule payload to 'nauts on the International Space Station, only for the rocket to hit the "just read the instructions" deck hard on its shaky return to Earth.
  • SpaceX will attempt a potentially historic rocket launch and landing next week (13APR2015/1633 EDT)

    04/08/2015 3:00:10 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8APR2015 | Jessica Orwig
    Get ready for another historic SpaceX rocket landing attempt scheduled for Monday, April 13. This will be the second time that SpaceX will try to land a massive, 140-foot-tall first stage Falcon 9 rocket onto a platform that's floating offshore in the Atlantic ocean. (The first landing attempt took place last January and ended with a fiery explosion.)
  • Tesla introduces new $75,000 car: the Model S 70D (Entry Level)

    04/08/2015 10:54:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 102 replies
    CNN ^ | April 8, 2015 | Octavio Blanco and Peter Valdes-Dapena
    Tesla has just introduced a new entry level car, but before you fire up your laptop to order one, you should know it's even more expensive than Tesla's current starter vehicle. The car it announced on Wednesday is called the Tesla Model S 70D and it'll start at $75,000, although buyers are eligible for a federal tax credit that brings the price down to $67,500. The Model S starts at $70,000.
  • Moon's Giant Lava Tubes Could Be Stable Enough To Shelter Entire Cities

    04/05/2015 5:33:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 55 replies
    "We found that if lunar lava tubes existed with a strong arched shape like those on Earth, they would be stable at sizes up to 5,000 meters, or several miles wide, on the moon," said David Blair, a graduate student in Purdue's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary sciences. "This wouldn't be possible on Earth, but gravity is much lower on the moon and lunar rock doesn't have to withstand the same weathering and erosion. In theory, huge lava tubes -- big enough to easily house a city -- could be structurally sound on the moon." The researchers applied known...
  • Tesla reports 'record' quarter for auto sales

    04/04/2015 9:42:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/04/2015 | Staff
    Electric carmaker Tesla announced Friday it delivered a "record" number of vehicles in the first quarter, as it began more timely reporting of sales figures. The California firm started by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said it sold 10,030 cars in the first three months of 2015. "This was a new company record for the most cars delivered in a quarter and represents a 55 percent increase over the first quarter last year," the company said in a statement. Going forward, Tesla said it would publish the number of new car deliveries within three days of quarter end. "We have decided...
  • Quietly, NASA is reconsidering the moon as a destination

    04/04/2015 12:59:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 3, 2015 | Eric Berger
    Despite a declaration from President Barack Obama that the moon is not a planned destination for American astronauts, senior NASA engineers have quietly begun reconsidering using it as a staging point for an eventual mission to Mars.William Gerstenmaier, the chief of human exploration for NASA, does not see the president's plan of a direct, 900-day mission to the red planet as achievable. Instead, Gerstenmaier believes large amounts of ice at the lunar poles may provide an important reservoir of oxygen and hydrogen fuel to propel rockets and spaceships across the 40 million miles of space to Mars."If propellant was available...
  • New Jersey Throws It Into Reverse, Welcomes Tesla

    03/18/2015 2:10:53 PM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 18, 2015 | Micheline Maynard
    Last year, New Jersey’s state legislature told Tesla its selling style wasn’t welcome. But now, Elon Musk’s electric car company is back in the Garden State’s good graces. On Wednesday, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that allows Tesla to sell cars directly to consumers, Bloomberg reported. The move is part of a bill that overhauls the state’s automobile franchise laws. Under the new law, Tesla has to meet some criteria, such as maintaining a service center in New Jersey where the electric vehicles can be fixed. ... But Texas lawmakers have refused to let the company sell directly to...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Return at Sunrise

    03/14/2015 6:29:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | March 14, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Thursday, shortly after local sunrise over central Asia, this Soyuz spacecraft floated over a sea of golden clouds during its descent by parachute through planet Earth's dense atmosphere. On board were Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of NASA and Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Touch down was at approximately 10:07 p.m. EDT (8:07 a.m. March 12, Kazakh time) southeast of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The three were returning from low Earth orbit, after almost six months on the International Space Station as members of the Expedition 41 and Expedition 42 crews.
  • New photos reveal mammoth structure of Paul Allen’s six-engine Stratolaunch

    02/25/2015 2:25:40 PM PST · by ckilmer · 35 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | Feb 24, 2015, 12:26pm PST | Steve Wilhelm
    New photos reveal mammoth structure of Paul Allen’s six-engine Stratolaunch Feb 24, 2015, 12:26pm PST Updated: Feb 24, 2015, 4:03pm PST   View Photos KGET image One of the Stratolaunch's twin carbon composite hulls, nearly done.   Steve Wilhelm Paul Allen's giant satellite launch plane, called Stratolaunch, has been kept mostly under wraps since the project began – or at least as much under wraps as you can keep something with a 380-foot wingspan.But now, new images from a California television station have revealed some interesting details about the aircraft.Stratolaunch is Allen's bid to compete in launching satellites into...
  • Tesla should stop accepting subsidies says WSJ

    03/01/2015 6:40:39 PM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    ecomento.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | STEVE HANLEY
    The European edition of The Wall Street Journal has said in an editorial that Tesla Motors should stop accepting federal and state subsidies. “Last year Tesla made a roughly $150 million killing from selling ZEV credits. That’s up from $130 million in 2013, $32 million in 2012, and $3 million in 2011. All told in 2014 Tesla sold about $216 million in credits,” the newspaper said. It goes on to say, Capitalism needs visionaries, but its reputation suffers when companies worth billions soak middle-class taxpayers for profits. Turn off the taxpayer tap, Mr Musk. It would earn you more friends...
  • Live coverage: SpaceX aims for Falcon 9 launch Sunday (10:50pm EST/7:50pm PST)

    03/01/2015 6:20:12 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 51 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 1MAR2015 | Staff Writer
    The 224-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket has been rolled out and rotated vertical atop Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad, aiming for liftoff at 10:50 p.m. EST (0350 GMT). Workers then began plugging into electrical and propellant lines ahead of the start of the countdown today. No problems are reported at this stage in the launch preparations. Fueling of the two-stage rocket with RP-1 fuel -- a highly-refined kerosene -- and liquid oxygen should begin shortly around 7:50 p.m. EST (0050 GMT). The rocket is one of the tallest in the world. The Falcon 9's first and second stages measure 12...
  • Australian researchers 3-D print two jet engines

    02/26/2015 1:47:29 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/26/2015 | UPI
    MELBOURNE, Feb. 26 (UPI) — Researchers have 3-D printed everything from animal prosthetics and human teeth to whole cars, but now a university in Australia has tackled printing two jet engines. A group of researchers at Melbourne’s Monash University, in conjunction with Deakin University and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), used a large 3-D printer to manufacture the two engines.
  • Hyperloop moves closer to becoming reality

    02/26/2015 11:26:09 AM PST · by Mellonkronos · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 26, 2015 | Phil LeBeau
    [It would really be great if private entrepreneurs could develop this system! Musk is an innovator. Check out the videos in the article.] “Hyperloop moves closer to becoming reality.” Phil LeBeau@Lebeaucarnews (Hyperloop Transportation Technologies,Inc., says Elon Musk’s vision for the new transportation system is beginning to take hold. CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports, and talks to Ahlborn about the 5-mile stretch to be tested in the next few years.) The Hyperloop, just an idea in the mind of Elon Musk two years ago, is moving closer to becoming reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has signed an agreement with a developer in central...
  • As high-speed rail gains momentum, U.S. can look to Europe's example

    02/16/2015 5:02:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 15, 2015 | By ANASTASIA LOUKAITOU-SIDERIS
    Most of the debate over the building of the nation's first bullet train, in California, has focused on the economics of such a monumental undertaking and its projected $68-billion first-phase price tag. Largely ignored amid the excitement over the railway's recent official groundbreaking is the physical impact and design challenges that cities will need to grapple with as they prepare for high-speed rail. California should look to rail systems across Europe to fully understand the challenge of building a transportation hub that connects to the community. To make the most of California's once-in-a-lifetime chance at building a thriving transportation network,...
  • Apple has 'several hundred' workers designing new electric car, codenamed 'Titan' - report

    02/14/2015 4:07:50 AM PST · by shove_it · 219 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | 13 Feb 2015 | Sam Oliver
    The smoke surrounding rumors of an Apple-branded vehicle has begun to thicken, as a new report says that Apple is indeed working on an all-electric vehicle that would take the shape of a minivan, with a huge team tasked to the project. Apple has given the project codename "Titan," according to the Wall Street Journal. The company is said to have "several hundred" employees working in the group. Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly green-lighted the project almost a year ago, and company executives have already begun to meet with potential contract manufacturers, including Canadian firm Magna Steyr. Apple iPod and...
  • Apple hiring automotive experts to work in secret research lab

    02/13/2015 1:27:47 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 67 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Friday, February 13, 2015 | Tim Bradshaw, Andy Sharman
    Apple is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design to work at a new top-secret research lab, said several people familiar with the company, pointing to ambitions that go beyond the dashboard. Dozens of Apple employees, led by experienced managers from its iPhone unit, are researching automotive products at a confidential Silicon Valley location outside the company’s Cupertino campus, the people said. Sir Jonathan Ive’s team of Apple designers has held regular meetings with automotive executives and engineers in recent months, in some cases trying to hire them. Recent recruits to Apple’s team include the head of Mercedes-Benz’s Silicon...
  • CarPlay's Emerging Dominance

    01/24/2015 7:22:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    TGAAP ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | by: Mark Reschke
    31 car companies and counting. Apple is closing in on adding every major, or exotic, car manufacturer on the planet to their CarPlay solution. Third party makers such as Alpine and Pioneer are also making aftermarket CarPlay receivers. Kenwood said only months ago it really did not need CarPlay, but in early January at the Detroit Auto Show, Kenwood announced its forthcoming CarPlay decks, as did JVC. The four major aftermarket deck manufactures are now building for CarPlay. High-end smartphone market share was clearly going to shape which platforms auto makers would support, and Apple is dominating the U.S....
  • 5 things Steve Jobs said Apple would never do - and Apple is doing

    01/19/2015 11:18:56 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 160 replies
    Money/CNN ^ | 1/19/15 | David Goldman
    Go to the link for details, but herein I break it down for ya bruvva Introducing styluses Small iPads Large screen iPhones Lifelike-looking software/icons ("skeuomorphism") Restoring philanthropy
  • 'Anti-Tesla Bill' Means Economic Loss for Michigan

    10/25/2014 8:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Jared Meyer
    Against the interests of Michiganders, Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill banning Tesla Motor’s direct-to-consumer automobile sales in the state.The original focus of House Bill 5606 was on determining how franchise-dealership fees are charged. Then, right before the vote, an amendment banning automobile sales directly to consumers was added by State Senator Joe Hune. This backhanded maneuver shielded the amendment from public comment and debate. Passed unanimously in the State Senate and with only one dissenting vote in the House, the “anti-Tesla bill” is an economic loss for Michigan. The state will miss out on tax revenue from sales...