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  • Will We Ever Stop Using Rockets to Get to Space?

    08/19/2018 11:08:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    space,com ^ | August 19, 2018 08:01am ET | By Ross Pomeroy, RealClearScience |
    One of the most futuristic and far-fetched is the space elevator....simple enough on paper – extend a 22,000 mile set of cables from a space station in geostationary orbit to a corresponding structure somewhere at Earth's equator. ... The problem...is that the cable system must be constructed from a material far stronger than anything known. Carbon nanotubes have been hypothesized to fill this niche, but they aren't ready yet. … Another potential rocket replacement is StarTram…. Magnetically-levitated spacecraft will be propelled inside a curved tube aimed skyward. All air will be evacuated from the tube in order to eliminate drag....
  • Elon Musk Confronts a Fateful Tweet and an 'Excruciating' Year

    08/17/2018 9:27:52 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    WRAL ^ | Posted 1:40 a.m. 08/17/2018 Updated 10:30 a.m. 08/17/2018 | David Gelles, James B. Stewart, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Kate Kelly, New York Times
    Elon Musk was at home in Los Angeles, struggling to maintain his composure. “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,” he said. “It was excruciating.” The year has only gotten more intense for Musk, chairman and chief executive of the electric-car maker Tesla, since he abruptly declared on Twitter last week that he hoped to convert the publicly traded company into a private one. The episode kicked off a furor in the markets and within Tesla itself, and he acknowledged Thursday that he was fraying. At multiple points in an hourlong interview with...
  • Pressure mounts on Tesla as it gets hit with a third securities fraud lawsuit [TR]

    08/14/2018 8:51:24 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/14/2018 | Mark Matousek
    Full title: Pressure mounts on Tesla as it gets hit with a third securities fraud lawsuit in wake of Elon Musk's 'funding secured' tweet Tesla is facing another lawsuit accusing CEO Elon Musk of manipulating the company's stock price. The suit follows two lawsuits filed against the company last week by investors alleging securities fraud. A complaint filed on Monday in US District Court in California alleges that some investors purchased Tesla stock "at artificially inflated prices and suffered significant losses and damages once the truth emerged" that Musk had not secured the funding necessary to convert Tesla into a...
  • Pentagon's top engineer blames Russia, China for militarizing space as Space Force takes shape

    08/10/2018 10:11:20 PM PDT · by cba123 · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 14 hours ago
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Pentagon's top engineer criticized Russia and China this week for militarizing space, a move the Trump administration wants to address with the formation of a sixth service branch dubbed Space Force. His remarks came a day before Vice President Mike Pence laid out President Donald Trump's vision for creating the Space Force by 2020. "We are not the people who choose to weaponize space, but if we are challenged we will respond," Dr. Michael Griffin said Wednesday at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Ala. "The Defense Department is today working on a means...
  • Tale of a Tesla Model 3 Trip [vanity]

    08/10/2018 6:18:40 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 64 replies
    self | 08/10/2018 | self
    A guy I know harbors the atypical lefty viewpoints on climate, government, the right, etc. Liberalism in general, but totally hypocritical on other issues such as trade and firearms. He & his wife put deposits on twin Model 3s and wait...and wait...and wait...until finally they got theirs earlier this year. One day I noticed that his old car was being driven so I poked around and got the skinny: His brand-spankin-new Model 3 was taken for a cross-country trip and ended up with a very minor problem which any mechanic could have fixed in 30 minutes. In this case, it...
  • Elon Musk and Crony Capitalism

    08/10/2018 6:59:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/10/2018 | By Allan C. Brownfeld
    Crony capitalism – the close alliance of big business with government – leads not to free enterprise, but to its opposite, in which government, not the market, chooses winners and losers, through subsidies and other forms of largesse.  Adam Smith, the great philosopher of capitalism, understood that businessmen want to maximize profits, and how it is done is of secondary interest.  Indeed, he once said that when two businessmen get together, the subject of discussion is how to keep the third out of the market.  Adam Smith and more recent philosophers of the free market such as Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises,...
  • NASA signs off on SpaceX’s “load-and-go” procedure for crew launches

    08/09/2018 9:09:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | August 9, 2018 | Stephen Clark
    The NASA manager overseeing development of Boeing and SpaceX’s commercial crew ferry ships says the space agency has approved SpaceX’s proposal to strap in astronauts atop Falcon 9 rockets, then fuel the launchers in the final hour of the countdown as the company does for its uncrewed missions. The “load-and-go” procedure has become standard for SpaceX’s satellite launches, in which an automatic countdown sequencer commands chilled kerosene and cryogenic liquid oxygen to flow into the Falcon 9 rocket in the final minutes before liftoff. “From a program standpoint, we went throgh a pretty extensive process where we laid out the...
  • Finally! Some Fuel Economy Common Sense

    08/07/2018 4:09:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards were devised back in 1975, amid anxiety over the OPEC oil embargo and supposedly imminent depletion of the world’s oil supplies. Of course, barely 15 years after Edwin Drake drilled the first successful oil well in 1859, a Pennsylvania geologist was saying the United States would run out of oil by 1878. In 1908, the US Geological Survey said we’d exhaust our domestic oil reserves by 1927; in 1939, it moved petroleum doomsday to 1952.Somehow, improved technology and geological acumen kept finding more oil. Then the horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) revolution postponed the...
  • Elon Musk just said on Twitter that he's considering taking Tesla private at $420 per share

    08/07/2018 10:45:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/07/2018 | Mark Matousek
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday via Twitter that he's considering taking the company private at $420 per share. "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured," he said . Tesla did not immediately confirm if Musk himself sent the tweet or if it was the result of a hack. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the likelihood that it will go private, potential timing for doing so, or the funding sources Musk referred to. Tesla has been public since it filed an IPO in 2010. The company had a market capitalization...
  • Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity Space Plane Aces Test Flight, Reaching Mesosphere for the 1st Time

    07/26/2018 2:55:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Space.com ^ | July 26, 2018 03:26pm ET | Hanneke Weitering,
    The VSS Unity is a SpaceShipTwo vehicle designed to carry six commercial passengers and two pilots into space, where they will experience 5 minutes of weightlessness before gliding back down to Earth. "It was a thrill from start to finish," the craft's chief pilot, Dave Mackay, said in a statement about today's flight. "Unity's rocket motor performed magnificently again, and Sooch [co-pilot Mike Masucci] pulled off a smooth landing. This was a new altitude record for both of us in the cockpit, not to mention our mannequin in the back, and the views of Earth from the black sky were...
  • Aerospace firm to put headquarters in Mississippi, hiring 70

    08/05/2018 3:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Vicksburg Post ^ | August 5, 2018 | The Associated Press
    MADISON, Miss. (AP) — An aerospace company spun off from a larger conglomerate will make its headquarters in central Mississippi. Vertex Aerospace announced Friday that it will invest $1.4 million and hire 70 front-office workers over the next two years at its Madison office. The company currently employs 340 there, and 856 more statewide. Private equity firm American Industrial Partners of New York bought Vertex in July from L3 Technologies for $540 million....
  • Commercial Spaceships Are Like 'Driving an iPhone,' New Astronaut Says

    08/03/2018 1:32:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 3, 2018 03:18pm | Meghan Bartels,
    Nine astronauts have new travel plans aboard commercial space capsules, with their mission assignments announced earlier today (Aug. 3). Five of those astronauts flew aboard the United States' last set of spacecraft to travel to the International Space Station (ISS), the space shuttles. But while the newly announced crews are excited to once again launch from Florida instead of Kazakhstan, they aren't very nostalgic for the hardware of the shuttles themselves. During the press announcement of the new astronaut assignments, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine asked two veteran astronauts to compare their new rides to the shuttles they flew more than...
  • Former Navy soccer star named part of astronaut team for manned space flights

    08/04/2018 1:15:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    A former Naval Academy soccer star who led her squad to an undefeated league season has been named to another team that goes above and beyond. NASA announced Friday that it had assigned Marine Corps Lt. Col. Nicole Mann to a new crew of astronauts who will fly a privately developed spaceship, marking a return of U.S.-manned space flight after the shuttle program ended in 2011. Since then, Americans have relied on Russian spacecraft for space travel. Mann will be a part of a three-person crew to fly Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft on a mid-2019 mission, the spacecraft’s first manned flight....
  • Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-Day Technology

    07/30/2018 3:44:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 90 replies
    NASA ^ | 7/30/18 | Bill Steigerwald / Nancy Jones
    July 30, 2018 RELEASE 18-13 Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-Day Technology Science fiction writers have long featured terraforming, the process of creating an Earth-like or habitable environment on another planet, in their stories. Scientists themselves have proposed terraforming to enable the long-term colonization of Mars. A solution common to both groups is to release carbon dioxide gas trapped in the Martian surface to thicken the atmosphere and act as a blanket to warm the planet. However, Mars does not retain enough carbon dioxide that could practically be put back into the atmosphere to warm Mars, according to a new...
  • Audi e-tron electric SUV orders to open Sept. 17

    07/30/2018 6:38:00 PM PDT · by jjotto · 13 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | Jul 30, 2018 | Eric C. Evarts
    After having the car's formal debut interrupted by an arrest, Audi announced that it will begin taking orders for its all-electric e-tron SUV on September 17, the company said last week. The car's formal debut August 30 in Brussels was postponed after Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested by authorities in Germany for his role in a widespread emissions cheating scandal. Now the unveiling has been rescheduled for San Francisco on September 17 and Audi said it will take orders for the car online the same day. Audi will reveal final specs on the car a the September 17 event,...
  • Former astronaut doubts that NASA or SpaceX will make it to Mars with their shiny new rockets

    06/20/2018 12:51:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    BGR ^ | June 19th, 2018 at 10:52 AM | Mike Wehner
    Chris Hadfield, who flew to the International Space Station as part of the Canadian Space Agency, told Business Insider that making it to Mars is going to take technology that has yet to be conceived. Put simply, he doesn’t believe the new rockets being worked on by NASA, SpaceX, or Blue Origin have much chance of fulfilling their stated goals. “Personally, I don’t think any of those three rockets is taking people to Mars,” Hadfield said regarding the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket, Blue Origin’s New Glenn, and NASA’s Space Launch System being constructed by Boeing. “I don’t think those are...
  • Orion Capsule Turns Heads on White House Lawn

    07/23/2018 10:26:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Space.com ^ | | July 23, 2018 11:08am ET | Meghan Bartels
    NASA shared photos of the capsule's transfer to the White House lawn in a tweet July 21. The display was part of the Made in America showcase, an annual product display launched by President Donald Trump to highlight American manufacturing. The capsule earned its place thanks to its production by Lockheed Martin in 2011 and 2012 using parts manufactured by more than a thousand companies based in the U.S., NASA officials wrote. This specific Orion capsule is the only one to have flown so far, during a test flight on Dec. 5, 2014, according another NASA tweet about the display....
  • Elon Musk is a total fraud

    07/21/2018 11:40:05 PM PDT · by deek69 · 130 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7-21-2018 | Maureen Callahan
    One disastrous tweet has finally revealed Elon Musk for what he is: a fraud. Enraged that a British cave diver called his idea to rescue the Thai soccer team for what it was — “a p.r. stunt [with] absolutely no chance of working” — Musk took to Twitter and called him a “pedo.” Just like that, Tesla’s market value plummeted by $2 billion.
  • Elon Musk’s bizarre tweets are raising red flags on Wall Street

    07/20/2018 6:21:32 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7/20/18 | R. Morgan & C. Stier
    Tesla’s Elon Musk has been tweeting as if he’s as high as one of his SpaceX rockets. Wall Street analysts, regulators and the media have all been recent victims of the eccentric billionaire. But his calling a member of the team rescuing the Thai soccer kids a “pedo” did more than raise eyebrows. The July 15 tweet prompted an open letter from Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster, who described Musk’s behavior as “fueling an unhelpful perception of your leadership — thin-skinned and short-tempered.”
  • Printing the next generation of rocket engines

    07/19/2018 3:12:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    Space News ^ | 7/19/18 | Jeff Foust
    Printing the next generation of rocket enginesby Jeff Foust — July 19, 2018Additive Rocket Corp. combines additive manufacturing with a tool called generative design, where computer algorithms develop thousands of different designs that meet a set of constraints and then iterate on them to find the optimal solution. Credit: ARC This article originally appeared in the June 25, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine.New technologies, when first introduced, often get applied in traditional ways. For the last several years, aerospace companies have been examining ways to use additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, to aid the production of rocket engines. A prime...