On Tuesday Elon Musk delivered his highly anticipated plan on making humans a multiplanetary species. For me, the most interesting part came at the end of the presentation when Elon said that the whole reason for him personally acquiring assets is to be able to make Mars travel possible.
If you haven't already, I highly recommend watching the hour long presentation. And if you still want more depth, there is an excellent piece written by Wait But Why that you can find below.
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"Almost anyone, if they saved up and that was their goal, they could ultimately save up enough money and buy a ticket and move to Mars"
SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for sustaining humans on the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.
A couple months ago, when SpaceX first announced that this would be happening in late September, it hit me that I might still have special privileges with them, kind of grandfathered in from my time working with Elon and his companies in 2015 (which resulted in an in-depth four-part blog series). So I reached out and asked if I could learn about the big fucking rocket ahead of time and write a post about it.
The video begins with a line of humans walking across a sky bridge from a silo into a spacecraft attached to a SpaceX rocket booster at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. We see the rocket break through the Earth's atmosphere, and shortly afterward, the stage separation from the spacecraft, which "parks" in orbit. Meanwhile, the booster heads back to Earth to land on a "launch mount" where it is fitted with a new tank of propellant. It returns to the parked spaceship and refuels it in orbit. From there, it's off to Mars.
"If we can get the cost of moving to Mars to the cost of a median house price in the U.S., which is around $200,000, then I think the probability of establishing a self-sustaining civilization is very high," Musk proposed, noting that each ship would carry about 100 people to Mars. Eventually 200 people might make the trip.
The name of the first Mars-bound SpaceX craft will be named The Heart of Gold, in honor of the spaceship commandeered by Zaphod Beeblebrox in Douglas Adams's mega-famous science fiction novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
"Maybe there is some market for really fast transport of stuff around the world, provided we can land somewhere where noise is not a super big deal. Rockets are very noisy," Musk said, spitballing. "We can transport cargo to anywhere on earth in 45 minutes at the longest. Most places on earth we can get to in maybe 20-25 minutes."
Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent a company-wide email to employees in which he urged them to "build and deliver every car they possibly can" since the company was on the "razor edge" of profitability.
Today, a month later almost to the day, he sent another company-wide email, but this time to congratulate employees on what he describes as "likely the best ever [quarter] in the Tesla history". But he also added a reminder not to give discounts on new cars. In an email he shared on his Twitter feed, Musk reminded employees of the importance of Tesla's fair price policy that everyone should pay the same price for the same car.
Tesloop, a Tesla-only intercity shuttle service for Southern California and Las Vegas residents, has just surpassed the magical 200,000 mile marker driven in a Model S. The achievement goes down as one of the highest mileage Teslas we've ever heard of which is notable in itself. Even more noteworthy is the fact that Tesloop's Model S has had little to no maintenance costs. Aside from replacing tires and the 12V battery, the car has never gone through a set of brake pads, nor experience any major issues
Last week, a team of Chinese hackers named KeenLab posted a video to YouTube demonstrating their ability to remotely hack into Tesla cars and take control. Tesla detailed its response to the security vulnerability to Wired on Tuesday, and the electric car company says everything is pretty much fine. Essentially, Tesla made its software as secure as Apple products, by requiring any new firmware to be code-signed. Now, as is true with Apple, no one but Tesla holds the key.
Hyperloop One is beginning a 12-week residency in Dubai as part of the Future Accelerators Program. The eventual goal of the project is to connect the entire region via hyperloop. The United Arab Emirates is officially signing off on Elon Musk's brainchild, and on the hyperloop as the future of transportation.
After the merger, which is expected to go to a vote in the coming weeks, Tesla's new solar division could expand significantly in Mexico under the current net-metering model, according to SolarCity Mexico President David Arelle. In an interview with Reuters today, Arelle said: "We estimate that if things work out the way they should, over the next five years our investment could reach about $1 billion,"