Watch Elon Musk and NASA chief Jim Bridenstine give an update on SpaceX’s astronaut spacecraft

Future Commercial Crew contracts would be up for grabs, as NASA would look to buy seats on Boeing’s Starliner capsule and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. Crew Dragon is an evolved version of the company’s Cargo Dragon capsule. The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule mounted on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket in a hangar at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. “I can’t believe how well the whole mission has gone,” Benjamin Reed, SpaceX’s director of crew mission management, said. An explosive setback in AprilAbout two mont


Future Commercial Crew contracts would be up for grabs, as NASA would look to buy seats on Boeing’s Starliner capsule and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. Crew Dragon is an evolved version of the company’s Cargo Dragon capsule. The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule mounted on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket in a hangar at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. “I can’t believe how well the whole mission has gone,” Benjamin Reed, SpaceX’s director of crew mission management, said. An explosive setback in AprilAbout two mont
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[This stream is slated to begin at 5pm ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] LOS ANGELES — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will tour SpaceX headquarters on Thursday, as he checks in on the company’s progress toward its first launch of astronauts. Bridenstine will be joined by SpaceX founder Elon Musk following the tour, as well as the two astronauts NASA assigned to fly on the first mission, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. At the center of of NASA’s interest is the SpaceX capsule called Crew Dragon, which the company has been developing since it won a competitive government contract in 2014 for NASA’s Commercial Crew program. The meeting comes at a key time, as the government agency is looking for SpaceX to deliver safely yet quickly on taxpayers’ investment.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at the Kennedy Space Center following the March 2, 2:49 a.m. EST launch of the SpaceX spacecraft mission to the International Space Station. NASA | Kim Shiflett

A short history of Commercial Crew

Commercial Crew is NASA’s solution to once again launch U.S. astronauts from U.S. soil. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, astronauts have flown to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft — at a cost to NASA of more than $70 million per seat. NASA’s new program is designed to be competitive. In 2014, NASA awarded contracts to SpaceX for up to $2.6 billion and Boeing for up to $4.2 billion. Future Commercial Crew contracts would be up for grabs, as NASA would look to buy seats on Boeing’s Starliner capsule and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. Crew Dragon is an evolved version of the company’s Cargo Dragon capsule. Launched on top of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, Cargo Dragon has completed 18 missions to the ISS over nearly a decade. But, even when it was built to launch cargo, SpaceX’s intent was always to build a vehicle capable of launching astronauts.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule mounted on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket in a hangar at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. SpaceX

Yet delays have plagued the program, as NASA intended the first Commercial Crew launches to happen as early as 2017. Both SpaceX and Boeing have had to push back schedules as testing the capsules has taken longer than expected. In August 2018, NASA named the five astronauts who would be on the first two Boeing flights and the four astronauts for the first two SpaceX flights. Then NASA ordered a safety review of both companies, which was expected to include hundreds of interviews of employees this year. The review came after Musk smoked marijuana during a videotaped podcast in September 2018. Musk’s pot-smoking upset high level NASA officials, according to the Washington Post, causing the agency to conduct a cultural assessment study and look at whether the companies meet NASA’s requirements for workplace safety. As of the beginning of this month, both safety reviews were ongoing. Bridenstine said NASA expects to share the results of the study, saying that “it’s going well” in a recent interview.

The successful first test flight to the space station

SpaceX passed a key milestone in March after it completed Demo-1, a mission which saw Crew Dragon launch to and return from the ISS successfully. Crew Dragon splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean to conclude the mission, with representatives for both SpaceX and NASA praising the test. “The vehicle really did better than we expected and then the rendezvous was phenomenal as we came in,” NASA’s Steve Stich, deputy manager for the commercial crew program, said. “I can’t believe how well the whole mission has gone,” Benjamin Reed, SpaceX’s director of crew mission management, said. “Everything happened just perfectly … almost down to the second.” There were no crew aboard the capsule. But Musk’s company included a “dummy” named Ripley in one of Crew Dragon’s seats, clad in a SpaceX flight suit. Following the mission’s success, NASA scheduled SpaceX’s first crewed flight, Demo-2, for July. NASA and SpaceX won an Emmy award for the combined coverage of the Demo-1 flight.

An explosive setback in April

About two months after the Demo-1 mission, SpaceX conducted a test in Florida of the flown Crew Dragon capsule. While some initial tests were successful, a final test of the capsule’s rocket thrusters caused an anomaly that led to an explosion. Leaked video, which an internal NASA memo later confirmed as authentic, showed the explosion almost completely destroying the capsule. SpaceX created an investigation team shortly after anomaly with officials from NASA, with participation from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. While Bridenstine said that SpaceX’s “communication with NASA was good,” he though the company’s communication with press and the great public “was not.” “NASA and SpaceX have agreed to improve the public communication after such events,” Bridenstine said in July. SpaceX issued a full statement on its website detailing the results of the investigation later in July, which revealed that a leaking component created a chain reaction of events that resulted in the explosion. The company recreated the incident at another facility and used the data to create a new system for Crew Dragon’s thrusters, which SpaceX has been testing alongside NASA.

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Elon Musk explains that destroyed SpaceX capsule came from testing to the ‘extreme’

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk speaks with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, along with astronauts Victor Glover, Doug Hurley, Bob Behnken and Mike Hopkins, in front of the company’s Crew Dragon capsule. LOS ANGELES — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed concerns about safety for the company’s crew capsule during a media briefing at SpaceX headquarters on Thursday. Musk addressed an incident in April that destroyed the first SpaceX capsule, known as Crew Drag


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Elon Musk explains that destroyed SpaceX capsule came from testing to the 'extreme'

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk speaks with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, along with astronauts Victor Glover, Doug Hurley, Bob Behnken and Mike Hopkins, in front of the company’s Crew Dragon capsule.

LOS ANGELES — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed concerns about safety for the company’s crew capsule during a media briefing at SpaceX headquarters on Thursday.

Musk addressed an incident in April that destroyed the first SpaceX capsule, known as Crew Dragon, which had successfully returned from the International Space Station after a few days in orbit.

“You’re trying to find extreme corner cases of where things go wrong,” Musk said.

He noted that the primary mission was a success, as the additionally testing represented SpaceX looking to push the boundaries of the Crew Dragon capsule’s systems and structure.

“If people had been on board that craft, they would have returned safely,” Musk said of the test flight to the space station.

“You don’t do tests because you think everything’s going to be fine, you do tests to find out what’s not going to be fine,” Musk said. “I think there’s a fundamental principle: Make sure you fail on the test stand so you do not fail in flight.”

SpaceX issued a full statement on its website detailing the results of the investigation later in July, which revealed that a leaking component created a chain reaction of events that resulted in the explosion. The company recreated the incident at another facility and used the data to create a new system for Crew Dragon’s thrusters, which SpaceX has been testing alongside NASA.

The two space leaders met on Thursday after Bridenstine toured SpaceX’s facility, focusing on the Crew Dragon capsule that the company is building to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Bridenstine has recently added pressure on Musk and his team to safely yet quickly deliver on the government’s investment in SpaceX, as the company won a $2.6 billion contract in 2014 for NASA’s Commercial Crew program.

Commercial Crew is NASA’s solution to once again launch U.S. astronauts from U.S. soil. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, astronauts have flown to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft — at a cost to NASA of more than $70 million per seat.

The first launches for the program have been pushed back from 2017 as delays mounted for SpaceX and Boeing, which also won $4.2 billion to build its own capsule for Commercial Crew. The most recent schedule update for the program was five months ago, in part because Bridenstine removed NASA’s former leader of human spaceflight Bill Gerstenmaier from his role in July. The administrator said NASA needed more urgency in address inflating costs and delayed schedules for its key exploration programs.

In the meantime, Bridenstine has publicly pressured SpaceX to deliver on its side of the contract. In a statement the day before Musk gave a highly-anticipated update on the company’s next-generation rocket called Starship, Bridenstine said “NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer.” While Bridenstine said he was “looking forward to the SpaceX announcement,” he emphasized that “Commercial Crew is years behind schedule,” adding that “it’s time to deliver.”

Although Bridenstine’s statement spoke about Commercial Crew, he did not mention Boeing at the time, which is also behind schedule. Asked by The Atlantic whether he was singling out SpaceX, Bridenstine noted that he has “been critical of all contractors that overpromise and underdeliver.”

During the Starship presentation, Musk responded to Bridenstine.

“From a SpaceX resource standpoint, our resources are overwhelmingly on Falcon and Dragon. Let’s be clear, it was really quite a small percentage of SpaceX that did Starship,” Musk said, noting that he believes less than 5% of the company’s total workforce had been working on the new rocket.

While Musk has said SpaceX will be ready for its next milestone, known as an inflight abort test, in about 10 weeks, Bridenstine has remained skeptical. Testing the updates to Crew Dragon following the explosion, as well as capsule’s parachute systems, will take at least three more months, Bridenstine estimated.


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SpaceX has spent ‘hundreds of millions’ extra in building astronaut capsule for NASA, Elon Musk says

Known as Crew Dragon, the spacecraft would carry as many as seven people to the International Space Station and more. Musk spoke alongside NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at SpaceX’s headquarters in Los Angeles on Thursday, as the pair provided an update on Crew Dragon. The NASA funding for the capsule has come under the Commercial Crew program, which is the agency’s solution to once again launch U.S. astronauts from U.S. soil. “The SpaceX program is within 1% of the [NASA] budget; it’s right


Known as Crew Dragon, the spacecraft would carry as many as seven people to the International Space Station and more. Musk spoke alongside NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at SpaceX’s headquarters in Los Angeles on Thursday, as the pair provided an update on Crew Dragon. The NASA funding for the capsule has come under the Commercial Crew program, which is the agency’s solution to once again launch U.S. astronauts from U.S. soil. “The SpaceX program is within 1% of the [NASA] budget; it’s right
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SpaceX has spent 'hundreds of millions' extra in building astronaut capsule for NASA, Elon Musk says

LOS ANGELES — SpaceX is in the final stages of developing the capsule it will use to launch astronauts, a project that has commanded the company’s resources and even finances over the last few years.

Known as Crew Dragon, the spacecraft would carry as many as seven people to the International Space Station and more. But, while much of the spacecraft’s funding came from NASA’s award of $2.6 billion in 2014, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk noted in a briefing on Thursday that the company has also put a substantial sum of money itself to build and test the spacecraft.

“We’ve spent actually, I think, quite a lot more than than expected – probably on the order of hundreds of millions of dollars more,” Musk said.

Musk spoke alongside NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at SpaceX’s headquarters in Los Angeles on Thursday, as the pair provided an update on Crew Dragon. The NASA funding for the capsule has come under the Commercial Crew program, which is the agency’s solution to once again launch U.S. astronauts from U.S. soil. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, astronauts have flown to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

While SpaceX has had to add funding to build Crew Dragon, according to Musk the company is now sticking closely to what it’s been allotted.

“The SpaceX program is within 1% of the [NASA] budget; it’s right on budget,” Musk added.

Musk further explained SpaceX putting additional money into Crew Dragon, as well as part of what he believes has caused delays in the Commercial Crew program’s progress.

“As Jim was was alluding to, the NASA request for Commercial Crew for several years was substantially reduced by Congress – I think, in some cases by 50%. So it’s pretty hard to stay on schedule if you’ve got half as much money. But we didn’t spend more money. It just took longer,” Musk said.

Bridenstine agreed with Musk’s point, saying Commercial Crew indeed did suffer setbacks from funding.

“It is absolutely true that there were certain years early, early on that set us back because we weren’t adequately funded,” Bridenstine said

“We’re past that. We are now focused like a laser on the right things to achieve the end state that we both desire, which is American astronauts launching on American rockets,” Bridenstine said.

Bridenstine further explained some of the behind-the-scenes for NASA’s funding process and how taxpayer dollars are spent towards programs such as SpaceX’s.

“It’s based on milestone payments,” Bridenstine said. “And of course, our contractors make proposals, and then we award based on those proposals. So all of that was agreed to up front.”

“What we’re trying to do is get back to a day where we have realistic costs and schedules,” Bridenstine added. “In order to achieve the diplomatic goals and the strategic goals of our country – to have our international partners with us and a coalition of nations to go to the moon to stay – in order to achieve that we have to have credibility in our programs. And, right now, the one program that we need the most credibility in the fastest is the Commercial Crew program. And SpaceX is a big part of that.”


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Elon Musk pressured Thai officials to say nice things about him… According to new court filings, Musk was focused on what Thai officials were saying about him while they were trying to rescue a trapped soccer team and its coach. Technologyread more


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Elon Musk pressured Thai officials to say nice things about him…

According to new court filings, Musk was focused on what Thai officials were saying about him while they were trying to rescue a trapped soccer team and its coach.

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Elon Musk ran a nightclub out of his college frat house to make money for rent

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk may not have had a lot of money in college, but he always had an entrepreneurial spirit, even when it came to paying rent. In 1989, Musk left South Africa to attend Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. There, Musk and his roommate, Adeo Ressi, rented a large, relatively cheap frat house off campus. The roomates transformed the 10-bedroom home into a nightclub, according to “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance, and they


Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk may not have had a lot of money in college, but he always had an entrepreneurial spirit, even when it came to paying rent. In 1989, Musk left South Africa to attend Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. There, Musk and his roommate, Adeo Ressi, rented a large, relatively cheap frat house off campus. The roomates transformed the 10-bedroom home into a nightclub, according to “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance, and they
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Elon Musk ran a nightclub out of his college frat house to make money for rent

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk may not have had a lot of money in college, but he always had an entrepreneurial spirit, even when it came to paying rent.

In 1989, Musk left South Africa to attend Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. After spending two years in Ontario, he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania on scholarship in 1992.

There, Musk and his roommate, Adeo Ressi, rented a large, relatively cheap frat house off campus. The roomates transformed the 10-bedroom home into a nightclub, according to “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance, and they used it to generate money to pay rent.

“I was paying my own way through college and could make an entire month’s rent in one night,” Musk said in the book. “Adeo was in charge of doing cool s–t around the house, and I would run the party.”

Ressi described the parties as “a full-out, unlicensed speakeasy” in the book.

“We would have as many as 500 people,” Ressi said. “We would charge five dollars, and it would be pretty much all you could drink— beer and Jello shots and other things.”

But Musk wasn’t a big drinker, according to Vance, and aside from the occasional vodka and Diet Coke, he did not care for the taste of alcohol. “Somebody had to stay sober during these parties,” Musk said in the book.

Ressi also described Musk as “the most straight-laced dude… he never drank. He never did anything. Zero. Literally nothing.”

Musk often didn’t even hang around to party.

“There where some nights where I’d be like, ‘Where’s Elon?’ and I’d go up to his room and pound on the door and he’s in there alone playing a video game,” Ressi said Vance’s book.

The only time Ressi felt he had to moderate Musk’s behavior was during his video game binges that would last days, according to the book, when Ressi would have to make him stop playing.

A representative for Musk did not immediately respond to CNBC Make It’s request for comment.

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Elon Musk pressured Thai officials to say nice things about his mini-subs in the midst of a deadly rescue mission

Additionally, Musk directed his team to pressure foreign officials in Thailand to say nice things about him and his mini-sub, even as they were grappling with what would prove to be a deadly rescue mission. Wood replied, on Twitter, “Musk lawyer’s comments are simply more accusations of a dishonest Elon Musk defense & PR campaign to demean & falsely attack my client. Since the rescue, Mr. Unsworth has received a total of £2,400 for his assistance in connection with two documentaries about Thai C


Additionally, Musk directed his team to pressure foreign officials in Thailand to say nice things about him and his mini-sub, even as they were grappling with what would prove to be a deadly rescue mission. Wood replied, on Twitter, “Musk lawyer’s comments are simply more accusations of a dishonest Elon Musk defense & PR campaign to demean & falsely attack my client. Since the rescue, Mr. Unsworth has received a total of £2,400 for his assistance in connection with two documentaries about Thai C
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Elon Musk pressured Thai officials to say nice things about his mini-subs in the midst of a deadly rescue mission

Of all the controversies stirred up by Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year, none was more embarrassing than when he called expert spelunker and diver Vernon Unsworth a “pedo guy” and “child rapist,” after Unsworth criticized him for getting involved in a massive effort to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.

Musk now faces a defamation lawsuit in the U.S. from Unsworth, who, in a lengthy filing released late Monday, illustrates just how far the CEO is willing to go when he digs in on an issue, even something so far afield from his businesses, Tesla, SpaceX, the Boring Company and Neuralink.

The dispute began in July 2018, after Musk said that his team was developing a mini-submarine — a pod — that could assist in carrying the kids and their coach to safety. Unsworth said in a TV interview at the time that it wouldn’t help, which led to Musk’s multiple online rants.

What Unsworth now reveals, through deposition transcripts and emails that his lawyers obtained, is that Musk and his affiliates paid private investigators, including one who tuned out to be a convicted felon, to try and dig up dirt on the cave rescuer. Additionally, Musk directed his team to pressure foreign officials in Thailand to say nice things about him and his mini-sub, even as they were grappling with what would prove to be a deadly rescue mission.

Last month, Musk asked the court to decide that Unsworth had no viable reason for the defamation case, in part, because he claims he was using slang and didn’t really mean Unsworth was a pedophile. Unsworth’s legal team, led by L. Lin Wood, says the case should proceed because, among other reasons, Musk made several contradictory and false statements to defend himself under oath.

“Musk’s motion is based principally on the antithetical bases that, on the one hand, he was not calling Unsworth a pedophile, while on the other hand, he did not harbor serious doubts as to whether Unsworth was actually a pedophile,” Unsworth’s attorneys wrote in the filing. “Musk’s accusations are false, defamatory, and were published negligently and with actual malice. His motion for summary judgment must be denied.”

Musk’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said in a statement e-mailed by a PR firm to CNBC: “This case is nothing but a money-grab in which Unsworth has hired an agent and pursued profit, publicity and self-promotion at every turn. The truth of his motivations and actions will come out soon enough.”

Wood replied, on Twitter, “Musk lawyer’s comments are simply more accusations of a dishonest Elon Musk defense & PR campaign to demean & falsely attack my client. Since the rescue, Mr. Unsworth has received a total of £2,400 for his assistance in connection with two documentaries about Thai Cave Rescue.”

As Musk struggles to stabilize his electric vehicle maker’s precarious financial position, the lawsuit is yet another distraction for the CEO and Tesla shareholders. Tesla’s stock is down 28% this year, as the company suffers from ongoing legal and logistical challenges, and attempts to sell cars in more markets than ever before.

The Unsworth case looks particularly bad for Musk, whose image has taken a beating amid conflicts with employees, investors and regulators in the past two years. It also shows a shocking lapse in judgment.


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Billionaire Mark Cuban: ‘I hate meetings’—here’s what he does instead to boost productivity

“Nobody likes meetings except the people who bring the doughnuts and the people who love to talk about their kids.” Rather than taking meetings, Cuban prefers to do most of his business over email to save time. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk isn’t a fan and has said that meetings are what happens when people aren’t working. “Please get [out] of all large meetings, unless you’re certain they are providing value to the whole audience, in which case keep them very short.” It is not rude to leave, i


“Nobody likes meetings except the people who bring the doughnuts and the people who love to talk about their kids.” Rather than taking meetings, Cuban prefers to do most of his business over email to save time. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk isn’t a fan and has said that meetings are what happens when people aren’t working. “Please get [out] of all large meetings, unless you’re certain they are providing value to the whole audience, in which case keep them very short.” It is not rude to leave, i
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Billionaire Mark Cuban: 'I hate meetings'—here's what he does instead to boost productivity

“Shark Tank” judge and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appreciates efficiency. That’s part of the reason you’ll rarely find him in a boardroom.

“I hate meetings,” he said on an 2019 episode of GQ’s “Actually Me.” “Nobody likes meetings except the people who bring the doughnuts and the people who love to talk about their kids.”

Oftentimes, they’re a productivity killer, Cuban says. Half the time is wasted talking about “all this nonsense that has nothing to do with getting the job done,” he added.

Rather than taking meetings, Cuban prefers to do most of his business over email to save time. Plus, it provides a paper trail. “I want to do everything via email because that allows me to go back and look something up,” he said. “I can go back and search it five years, 10 years, 20 years [from now]. I’ve got emails that are 25 years old.”

The self-made billionaire has been consistent with his stance on meetings. When asked about his “secret life hack” in a 2016 Thrive Global Q&A, he said: “No meetings or phone calls unless I’m picking up a check. Everything is email. … Saves me hours and hours every day.”

He’s not the only billionaire who avoids meetings. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk isn’t a fan and has said that meetings are what happens when people aren’t working.

“Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time,” Musk said in a 2018 letter to Tesla employees. “Please get [out] of all large meetings, unless you’re certain they are providing value to the whole audience, in which case keep them very short.”

And don’t be afraid to leave one if you’re not contributing, he said: “Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”


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Elon Musk posts video inside SpaceX’s Starship: ‘I’ve learned a lot of lessons about how to make things go fast’

The billionaire SpaceX CEO unveiled the completed version of the Starship prototype at an event at the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas over the weekend. Musk promised that the 164-foot-tall, stainless steel rocket prototype will begin high-altitude test flights in the next few months. The 10-second video posted by Musk shows the view from inside the Starship’s cargo bay, with the camera looking upward at the inside of the rocket’s nose-cone. Musk also retweeted a SpaceX tweet with a phot


The billionaire SpaceX CEO unveiled the completed version of the Starship prototype at an event at the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas over the weekend. Musk promised that the 164-foot-tall, stainless steel rocket prototype will begin high-altitude test flights in the next few months. The 10-second video posted by Musk shows the view from inside the Starship’s cargo bay, with the camera looking upward at the inside of the rocket’s nose-cone. Musk also retweeted a SpaceX tweet with a phot
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Elon Musk posts video inside SpaceX's Starship: 'I've learned a lot of lessons about how to make things go fast'

Elon Musk is definitely getting a kick out of showing off the Starship, SpaceX’s next-generation rocket, which he plans to send to the moon and, ultimately, to Mars.

The billionaire SpaceX CEO unveiled the completed version of the Starship prototype at an event at the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas over the weekend. Musk promised that the 164-foot-tall, stainless steel rocket prototype will begin high-altitude test flights in the next few months.

Meanwhile, Musk has been sharing photos of the Starship’s construction progress in recent months on social media, and he posted a short video of the inner workings of the rocket prototype on Twitter on Tuesday.

The 10-second video posted by Musk shows the view from inside the Starship’s cargo bay, with the camera looking upward at the inside of the rocket’s nose-cone.

Over the weekend, Musk posted a photo of the nearly-complete Starship, surrounded by construction cranes, along with the caption: “Rage, rage against the dying of the light,” a quote from the Dylan Thomas poem, “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night.” Musk also retweeted a SpaceX tweet with a photo of the finished Starship prototype.

After unveiling the Starship prototype on Saturday, Musk remarked on being awestruck by the completed product in an interview with YouTube channel Everyday Astronaut that was posted online on Tuesday.

“Even when I’m exposed to this all day, it’s still like ‘Holy f—ing s–t,'” Musk says in the interview while looking up at the Starship rocket. “It’s still mad to see it actually there.”

Once the Starship begins high-altitude test flights “in about one to two months,” Musk said at the unveiling on Saturday, the rocket prototype will take off to an altitude of 65,000 feet before aiming to land safely on the ground in order to be reused for future flights. SpaceX is aiming to have the Starship ready to reach space orbit at some point in 2020, Musk added, and that the Starship could begin transporting cargo to space, such as satellites, by 2021.


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Jay Leno on Tesla’s Elon Musk: ‘He’s a visionary’

Jay Leno loves his Tesla — and believes that the company itself is a good investment. As for Elon Musk, Tesla’s embattled founder: “I think he’s beaten the odds. I think he’s a visionary,” Leno says. Although Musk has made some missteps, Leno still believes he’s on the right track with Tesla and that electric cars represent the future of automobiles. Musk is pioneering a similar idea with electric cars, Leno says.


Jay Leno loves his Tesla — and believes that the company itself is a good investment. As for Elon Musk, Tesla’s embattled founder: “I think he’s beaten the odds. I think he’s a visionary,” Leno says. Although Musk has made some missteps, Leno still believes he’s on the right track with Tesla and that electric cars represent the future of automobiles. Musk is pioneering a similar idea with electric cars, Leno says.
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Jay Leno on Tesla's Elon Musk: 'He's a visionary'

Jay Leno loves his Tesla — and believes that the company itself is a good investment. “I like to invest in American ingenuity,” the host of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage” tells CNBC Make It.

As for Elon Musk, Tesla’s embattled founder: “I think he’s beaten the odds. I think he’s a visionary,” Leno says.

“Every time Elon Musk has a problem somewhere, I see these columnists with such glee: ‘It’s going to fail, I hope it goes in the tube, I hope he’s going to ruin it,'” he continues. “I don’t understand why that is. It’s an American-made vehicle, made with locally-sourced products in America, using American talent.”

Tesla also has announced plans for a new factory in Shanghai, China, which is expected to open in the next several months.

Leno did not say whether he owns shares of Tesla. As of Oct. 2, the stock was trading for about $241 per share, a decline from the $294 per share it was trading at about one year ago. When Tesla made its public debut in 2010, shares traded for just $17.

Although Musk has made some missteps, Leno still believes he’s on the right track with Tesla and that electric cars represent the future of automobiles. He applauds Musk for leading the charge in a developing industry and for investing in infrastructure that makes driving an electric car — Teslas in particular — more practical, such as the dedicated charging stations the company has built across the country.

Leno also compares Musk to billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates. When Gates first pitched the idea of the personal computer, industry experts didn’t think it would catch on. They scoffed at him, as Leno tells it: “‘People do not want a computer in their house. Believe me, nobody wants that.'” But Gates and his team persisted, and “you see where we are today.”

Musk is pioneering a similar idea with electric cars, Leno says. “I like the visionary aspect of it.”


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-10-02  Authors: emmie martin
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