Elon Musk Tesla Battery SwapNovember 4, 2015 – 03:34 pm

Elon Musk Tesla Battery Swap

Will Tesla soon start offering its customers the option to quickly swap out discharged batteries with charged batteries on long road trips? On Friday Tesla CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter that battery swapping was “now operating in limited beta mode” between San Francisco and Los Angeles. According to an official blog post from Tesla, the company will start piloting the battery swap tech next week at a custom-built facility located across the street…

Working for SpaceXNovember 2, 2015 – 03:22 pm

Working for SpaceX

UPDATE: This is a class-action lawsuit from one ex-employee alleging labor law violations. If he wins, it would affect former and present employees. SpaceX is facing a second lawsuit from employees, this time from both past and present. Law360.com reports: For the second time in a week, former and current employees of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. hit the rocket manufacturer with a putative class action in California court, accusing it on Friday…

SpaceX Launch and RecoveryNovember 1, 2015 – 03:21 pm

SpaceX Launch and Recovery

SpaceX says it is giving up on landing the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean after Wednesday’s launch of a NOAA space weather observatory due to rough seas in the booster recovery zone off Florida’s East Coast. “The drone ship was designed to operate in all but the most extreme weather, ” the company said in a statement. “We are experiencing just such weather in the Atlantic with waves reaching up to three stories in height…

SpaceX Return to EarthOctober 30, 2015 – 03:04 pm

SpaceX Return to Earth

The Dragon capsule uses parachutes to land in the Pacific Ocean near southern California after returning from the International Space Station on Thursday. Photograph: AP Related: Russia restarts Progress spacecraft and corrects ISS orbit after series of failures The capsule blasted off on 14 April on board a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida and arrived at the orbiting outpost three days later with more than 4, 300lb…

SpaceX Human LaunchOctober 23, 2015 – 01:36 pm

SpaceX Human Launch

After a hiatus of six long years, US astronauts will finally launch to space in a revolutionary new pair of private crew capsules under development by Boeing and SpaceX, starting in 2017, that will end our sole source reliance on the Russians for launching our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Two years from now, crews will start flying to space aboard the first US commercial spaceships, launching atop US rockets from US soil, said…

Elon Musk QuotesOctober 18, 2015 – 04:33 am

Elon Musk Quotes

REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonWhen Robert Downey Jr. found out that he was going to play Iron Man in the movies, he said, We need to sit down with Elon Musk. That s because Musk — colonizer of Mars, transformer of cars, shepherd of solar panels — is the closest thing we ve got to a superhero. Born in South Africa, he sold his first software — a game called Blastar — when he was only 11. He went on to found and sell a startup to Compaq for $300 million in…

Elon Musk Ariane 6October 17, 2015 – 04:23 am

Elon Musk Ariane 6

Tags: Ariane 5, Ariane 5 ME, Ariane 6, CNES, DLR, Elon Musk, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Long March, Proton, Zenit. CNES has published an overview of the planned Ariane 6 launch vehicle, which could eventually replace Ariane 5 in 2021 if the project gains the support of ESA members next year. Ariane 6 would be a three-stage rocket capable of launching communications satellites weighing up to 6.5 metric tons into geosynchronous transfer…

SpaceX 2014 PlansOctober 7, 2015 – 02:38 am

SpaceX 2014 Plans

Space X s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from space launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on June 28, 2015, with a Dragon CRS7 spacecraft.(Photo: Bruce Weaver, AFP/Getty Images) The explosion of SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket is a setback, but the incident need not have a long-term effect on the pioneering commercial aerospace company, experts say. SpaceX is continuing its investigation into why the rocket, which had been a bright spot in the privately…

SpaceX CrunchBaseOctober 5, 2015 – 02:16 am

SpaceX CrunchBase

Update: SpaceX has responded with the following: “SpaceX is not currently raising any funding nor has any external valuation of the magnitude you reported been done.” We have followed up with one of our sources who maintains that there is a secondary offering in process with term sheets circulating. Original story follows below. Space Exploration Technologies, the commercial space transportation startup founded by Elon Musk with ambitions to land…

Does Elon Musk have a FacebookSeptember 29, 2015 – 01:01 am

Does Elon Musk have a Facebook

Bloomberg Elon Musk Among the findings, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg gets the approval of 97% of employee reviewers, Twitter’s Dick Costolo gets 96%, Google’s Larry Page gets 95% and Apple’s Tim Cook gets 92%. At the other end of the scale, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer — halfway out the door — gets approval of only 47% of employee reviewers, and Wal-Mart’s Mike Duke gets only 48%. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, isn’t on Wonkblog’s list, but he does get rated on…