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Pentagon to review certification of Elon Musk's SpaceX launch vehicles

Pentagon to review certification of Elon Musk's SpaceX launch vehicles“Our objective is to determine whether the U.S. Air Force complied with the Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide when certifying the launch system design for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles,” U.S. Department Of Defense Deputy Inspector General Michael Roark said in the memo. The review will begin this month, the memo stated.



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One year after it was shot into space, let’s check in on Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster

One year after it was shot into space, let’s check in on Elon Musk’s Tesla RoadsterIt's hard to believe it's already been a year, but exactly 12 months ago today was the first launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy. The rocket launch was a huge success and while SpaceX hasn't launched Heavy again in the time since, it was still a very big deal for the company.Falcon Heavy, which has since been usurped by new SpaceX projects including Starship and Super Heavy, flew skyward one year ago and took Elon Musk's own Tesla Roadster along for the ride. The pricey payload, with its Starman mannequin seated behind the wheel, has been flying through space ever since.Let's check on its progress, shall we?Figuring out exactly where the Roadster and its Starman passenger are at any given point is incredibly easy thanks to the handy website whereisroadster.com, which tracks the progress of the vehicle every moment of every day.Going by the site's statistics, the Roadster is currently around 226 million miles from Earth and 163 million miles from Mars, and it got to its current position by traveling at a speed of approximately 5,149 miles per hour. That's an incredibly speedy vehicle, and it won't be slowing down any time soon.As far as total distance traveled, the car has cruised for a whopping 473.3 million miles as of this writing. It'll take approximately 557 days for the Roadster to make a full orbit around the Sun, and it's projected to continue to travel through space for a long, long time to come.As LiveScience notes, scientists believe the Roadster will eventually crash into either Earth or Venus. However, it could take many millions of years for that to happen, and the odds of it slamming into either planet in the next million years are significantly less than ten percent.It's worth noting that by the time the Roadster meets its end, it will likely look a whole lot different than it did when it initially took off. Telsa vehicles might look nice and shiny here on Earth, but the harsh conditions of space are likely to wreak havoc on the exterior as well as Starman himself.



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Tesla CEO Elon Musk breaks ground on Shanghai Gigafactory

Tesla CEO Elon Musk breaks ground on Shanghai GigafactoryThe first car plant in China to be wholly owned by a foreign company.



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Tesla CEO Elon Musk taunts US financial regulatory agency

Tesla CEO Elon Musk taunts US financial regulatory agencyElon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, openly derided the US Securities and Exchange Commission in an interview aired Sunday, having settled fraud charges with the regulatory agency over an errant tweet. Musk had to resign as Tesla chairman under a September arrangement with the SEC to settle fraud charges stemming from a tweet in which he said he planned to take the firm private and already had the financing to do it.



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Elon Musk will not smoke cannabis on a podcast again, says Nasa boss amid concern over billionaire's behaviour

Elon Musk will not smoke cannabis on a podcast again, says Nasa boss amid concern over billionaire's behaviourElon Musk will not be smoking cannabis in public again, the boss of Nasa has assured the public, amid concern about the SpaceX boss’s behaviour. Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine has said that Mr Musk has promised not to repeat a moment where he smoked a joint and drank whisky on a comedian’s podcast. “I will tell you that was not helpful, and that did not inspire confidence, and the leaders of these organisations need to take that as an example of what to do when you lead an organisation that’s going to launch American astronauts,” Mr Bridenstine told reporters at Nasa headquarters, according to a report in The Atlantic.



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Elon Musk ducks out of one Los Angeles tunnel but pursues another

Elon Musk ducks out of one Los Angeles tunnel but pursues anotherBillionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has scrapped plans for a high-speed passenger tunnel under the West side of Los Angeles but is moving ahead with a similar proposal across town designed to whisk baseball fans to and from Dodger Stadium. Musk’s aptly named underground transit venture the Boring Company gave up on its development of a 2.7-mile (4.4-km) tunnel in West L.A. to settle litigation brought by community groups opposed to the project, the two sides said in a joint statement on Wednesday. The move came six months after Musk, the high-tech baron better known as founder of electric car company Tesla Inc and CEO of rocket maker SpaceX, made a rare personal appearance at a Los Angeles public event to promote his controversial tunnel project.



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Nasa chief criticses Elon Musk's weed-smoking podcast appearance 

Nasa chief criticses Elon Musk's weed-smoking podcast appearance Elon Musk has been warned by Nasa’s most senior figure not to repeat his weed-smoking, whisky-drinking antics on a recent podcast if he wants to continue working with the space agency.  Jim Bridenstein, the Nasa administrator, suggested that Mr Musk, an entrepreneur who is financing commercial space exploration, had acted inappropriately given his role with the company.  Mr Musk’s SpaceX is one of two firms contracted to build a shuttle that will fly US astronauts to the International Space Station from American territory – something that was ended in 2011. Recent behavior by Mr Musk, who co-founded the online payment system PayPal and the car company Tesla, has triggered a slew of negative headlines in the media.  In September, Mr Musk inhaled a joint made from marijuana and tobacco while on the podcast Josh Rogan Experience which was filmed in California, where the drug is legal.  Mr Bridenstein was critical when asked about the incident by reporters during a briefing in Washington DC this week.  “I will tell you that was not helpful, and that did not inspire confidence, and the leaders of these organizations need to take that as an example of what to do when you lead an organization that’s going to launch American astronauts,” Mr Bridenstein said.  He added: “We’ve had a number of conversations. I will tell you, he is as committed to safety as anybody, and he understands that that was not appropriate behavior, and you won’t be seeing that again.” Nasa has been working with SpaceX and Boeing to develop a new shuttle to fly US astronauts to the ISS from America, something that could happen as early as next year. The contracts are worth hundreds of millions of US dollars.  Elon Musk at a press conference following the first launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in Cape Canaveral Credit: REUTERS/Joe Skipper Mr Bridenstein has ordered a review, known as a cultural assessment, into the working practices of both companies ahead of the first launches. The review launch predated Mr Musk’s podcast appearance.  Mr Bridenstein said the review was ordered to help ensure that past space tragedies such as the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters would not be repeated. The backlash came after Mr Musk’s bizarre appearance on the podcast, hosted by a American comedian and television host Joe Rogan. In the episode, which was streamed live, Mr Rogan was seen smoking a joint. Mr Musk took a sniff of a joint, asked “‘I mean, it’s legal, right?”, and then took a drag.  Later in the two-and-a-half hour appearance, Mr Musk said: “I’m getting text messages from friends saying ‘what the hell are you doing smoking weed’.” He went on to discuss the impact the drug was having on him, saying: "It’s more like the opposite of a cup of coffee. It’s like a cup of coffee in reverse.” At one point Mr Musk became contemplative. “I don’t think you’d necessarily want to be me,” he said. “I don’t think people would like it that much.” It is not known exactly what the Nasa chief said to Mr Musk about the incident. SpaceX has been approached for comment. 



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Elon Musk believes he has a 70% likelihood of flying to Mars despite 'good chance of death'

Elon Musk believes he has a 70% likelihood of flying to Mars despite 'good chance of death'Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has claimed there is a 70 per cent likelihood he will make it to Mars on one of his spacecraft – despite there being “a good chance of death”. “I know exactly what to do,” Mr Musk told Axios on HBO. Mr Musk, who is also involved in a project to build a high-speed mass transit system underneath the streets of Los Angeles, is known for making remarks that frequently secure him both striking headlines and mocking derision.



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Elon Musk says tweet which cost him $20m was 'worth it'

Elon Musk says tweet which cost him $  20m was 'worth it'Elon Musk has said the tweet that cost him $ 20m (£15.5m) in fines by US Securities and Exchange Commissions was “worth it”. Tesla’s chief executive landed himself in hot water when he used the social media site to announce that he was thinking about taking the company private at $ 420 (£327) a share, adding that the “funding secured”. The tweets, which were found to have no basis according to regulators, caused market fluctuation and as a result, the SEC charged Musk for “misleading investors”.



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Elon Musk Donates $480,000 To Bring Clean Water To Flint Schools

Elon Musk Donates $  480,000 To Bring Clean Water To Flint SchoolsAll 12 Flint, Michigan, school buildings plus the school administration



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