Heres how to keep track of Elon Musks Roadster and Starman in space

Elon Musk’s Starman, the mannequin driver of the Tesla Roadster SpaceX launched aboard its Falcon Heavy rocket, is taking a trip around our solar system, in a large elliptical orbit that will bring him comparatively close to Mars, the Sun and other heavenly bodies. But how to track the trip-up , now that the Roadster’s onboard batteries are out of juice and no longer transmitting live footage?

Thanks to the work of Ben Pearson, a SpaceX fan and electrical technologist working in the aerospace industry, who made’ Where is Roadster, ’ a website that stimulates use of JPL Horizons data to track the progress of the Roadster and Starman through space, and to predict its path and let you know when it’ll come close to meeting up with various planets and the Sun.

The website tells you the Roadster’s current position, too, as well as its velocity and whether it’s moving towards or away from Earth and Mars at any given moment. It’s not officially affiliated with SpaceX or Tesla, but it is something Elon Musk is apparently use to assist recollect where he parked his galactic ride.

Elon Musks Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC-DC Hyperloop

A 29 -minute trip from D.C. to New York may seem too good to be true. And it very well is a possibility. But that isn’t stopping Elon Musk from pushing forward with plans to build a Hyperloop along the eastern corridor.

And while it’s a very small, very vague step forward, Musk’s Boring Company has received a permit for preparation and preliminary excavation of a site in the nation’s capital. The exact location is 53 New York Avenue NE, next to a McDonald’s and near the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to The Washington Post.

In July, Elon Musk tweeted that he had received verbal government approval to build a multi-state underground Hyperloop on the East Coast. While such approval doesn’t formally exist, Bloomberg confirmed that the White House had had positive conversations with The Boring Company over the proposals of the tunnel.

This latest permit is far from what’s required to actually begin constructing the tunnel — which would run from New York to Philadelphia to Baltimore to D.C. — but it’s a start. Musk lately received a conditional permit to start operations in Hawthorne, Maryland for a 10.3 mile route. Maryland officials told WaPo that the tunnel would operate under Maryland Route 295, with the D.C.-Baltimore leg being built first.

Stations for the Hyperloop would be relatively small and toned down compared to the stations we’re are applied to, such as Union Station and Penn Station. There would be a main line running between the four aforementioned cities, with smaller lines spurring out from the city’s central station for other potential destinations.

Right now, the trip from NY to D.C. takes more than 3 hour. It would certainly be nice to pop down for a meeting with only an hour of travel hour, but this first permit is comparable to canadian athletes stretching before a race. We have not yet begun.

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Tesla looks to take solar mainstream with Home Depot partnership

While Elon Musk is preparing for this week’s launching of the Falcon Heavy rocket, his other company is also preparing for a launching. Tesla has made a deal with Home Depot to sell both the PowerWall and Tesla’s solar panels at 800 Home Depot locations.

The retail spaces will be Tesla branded and Tesla employees will be on hand to assist with service and sales.

Bloomberg first reported the news after corroborating the move with Tesla.

Home Depot has some 2,200 stores across the country, but the 800 -store roll out is still the largest retail presence Tesla has ever known for its energy products. They will be put on display, quite literally — Bloomberg reports that the Tesla retail showings will be 12 feet tall and 7 feet wide, and that some locations will have visual demonstrations of the products.

Tesla first unveiled the solar roof in October of 2016. Unlike most after-market solar panel, which don’t offer much by way of esthetics, Tesla’s solar roof tiles come in four styles that closely resemble current roofing materials.

Tesla also sells solar panel, and both products work with the PowerWall 2, where energy can be stored after being diffused through the members of the commission/ tiles.

The move into Home Depot will be the first true test of mainstream interest in solar energy.

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Heres a video of Elon Musk watching the Falcon Heavy take off

This past week, as we watched SpaceX launch its utterly massive Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, many of us wondered if it would make it off the launch pad. So did Elon Musk.

National Geographic only posted some incredible behind-the-scenes footage of the launch, capturing everything from about 15 seconds prior to takeoff to his moment of realization that the mission was a huge success. Not only did they manage a picture-perfect launching, but they also recovered two of three rocket cores in a jaw-droppingly beautiful( simultaneous !) controlled landing.

This launch was the culmination of many, many years of work on SpaceX’s part — but still , no one could say with absolute certainty what would happen. The night before the launch, Elon told reportersthat he’d “just be happy if it clears the pad and doesn’t blow the pad to smithereens” — and you can see just how happy he actually was in the video below 😛 TAGEND

( Some folks are reporting that the video above isn’t proving up for them on mobile; if that’s the case for you, you should be able to find it here )

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Elon Musk expects to do coast-to-coast autonomous Tesla drive in 3 to 6 months

Tesla had aimed to do a cross-country U.S. drive in one of its vehicles using fully autonomous driving abilities by the end of last year. Obviously it didn’t stimulate that goal, or you’d have heard about it. Instead, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says he foresees being able to make the trip-up within three months, or six months at the long end.

Specifically, Musk said on an earnings call in response to a question about the autonomous drive that they’d “probably” be able to “do a coast-to-coast drive in three months, six months at the outside.” When asked whether this feature would then be immediately available to clients, he did say that it “will be a feature that’s available to customers, ” without commenting directly on timing of availability.

Musk admitted that he’d “missed the mark on that front, ” regarding the original autonomous drive demonstration, but he qualified that Tesla “could’ve done the coast-to-coast drive[ last year] but that the company “would’ve had to do too much custom code, effectively gaming it.” It would’ve resulted in specific features that others could have used in their vehicles as well, but only for that exact cross-country route.

Part of Tesla’s goal is to build a system that’s robust and more generally useful. To that end, Musk said he’s been generally happy about how the company’s work has been progressing on its neural nets for autonomous driving.

“I am pleased with the progress made on the neural net, ” Musk said. “It’s kind of like it goes from’ doesn’t seem like too much progress, doesn’t seem like too much progress’ to’ wow.’ ”

The CEO compared the progress to what Google’s DeepMind achieved with AlphaGo, where it seemed comparatively lacking in ability at first, but quickly stimulated leaps to where it could beat human players, and eventually to where it was able to handily beat any human players in the world in a relatively short span of time.

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Space exploration should be an initiative of nations, not just some rich guy | Van Badham

There are hours I really hope that intelligent life from outer space is NOT find us

Elon Musks Boring Co. flamethrower is real, $500 and up for pre-order

So that flamethrower that Elon Musk taunted The Boring Company would start selling after it ran out of its 50,000 hats? Yeah, it’s real- and you can pre-order one now if you want require a ridiculous way to spend $500.

Musk uncovered the flamethrower on Saturday, after some digging tip-off its existence late last week. The Boring Company Flamethrower is functional, too, as you can see from this Instagram featuring some Boring Co. staff, presumably well safety trained, firing off two of the things IRL.

Great for roasting nuts

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Marketing copy for the flamethrower includes a “guarantee” that it will “liven up any party, ” and a proclamation that it’s “world’s safest flamethrower, ” in case you were concerned( you probably are not, if you’re ordering a flamethrower on the internet ). The $500 fee doesn’t include taxes and shipping, which are added at checkout, and the initial shipments will come out in spring.

There’s also a disclaimer about international shipping incurring extra fees( and maybe seizure at the border ?) plus, buyers will be required to review and accept a terms and conditions document prior to getting their flamethrower in the mail.

Say hello to my fucking girlfriend …

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The Boring Co. also sells a fire extinguisher, because they know how to make an upsell with specific relevance, and it’s $30, which they fully admit is more than you’d pay elsewhere. But it has a sticker. There’s not even a image, so it probably doesn’t look all that impressive.

Musk’s Boring Company is literally a company focused on passageway boring, but it seems like it’ll be a while before it has revenue or significant results( even if it’s already digging exam tunnels ). To money the project until then, selling weird stuff with the company’s logo to Muskheads everywhere seems like a decent plan. Even if it contributes negatively to the sum total of working flamethrowers existing in the world.

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SpaceX sets historic first Falcon Heavy launch for February 6

SpaceX has set February 6 as the target for its Falcon Heavy launch, the first ever test flight of the new, high-capacity rocket that the company is constructing to allow it to send nearly three times as much payload per mission into orbit.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted the specific objectives date on Saturday, adding that there will be plenty of viewing opportunity for the public from the nearby causeway. The launch will take place from launchpad 39 A at Kennedy Space Center, which SpaceX has refurbished and modified for its big rocket- and which previously played host to the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs for NASA.

The February 6 date was rumored late this past week, and SpaceX had previously said they were aiming to have the launch take place roughly a week after their successful static test fire of the rocket, which took place on January 24. But Musk’s confirmation dedicates us something to look forward to that’s far more specific.

SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy flight will be about testing it in real-world flight. The company has done a lot of preparation and simulation, but you can’t know how a rocket’s going to behave in the air until it actually launches. Musk has previously indicated this could end with the rocket exploding post-launch and pre-orbit, but that would still be a major step forward for SpaceX’s heavy booster.

The cargo on board for this mission is a cherry red original model Tesla Roadster- and if things run very well, it’ll be put into a long looping Mars orbit, a nod to everything Musk’s ventures have accomplished thus far, and also what they hope to achieve in the future.

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SpaceX apparently lost the classified Zuma payload from latest launch

SpaceX’s latest rocket may have launched successfully– but the mission didn’t aim as a win. The Zuma payload it was carrying, a mysterious classified piece of cargo for the U.S. government believed to be a spy satellite, was lost after it failed to separate from the second stage of the rocket after the first stage of the Falcon 9 separated as planned and returned to Earth.

The WSJ reports, and we’ve confirmed separately, that the warhead is thought to have fallen back through the Earth’s atmosphere after reaching space, because of the failure to separate. The failing is one that can happen when cargo doesn’t properly detach as schemed, since the second stage is designed to fall back to Earth and burn down in re-entry.

SpaceX had launched as planned on January 7 in its target window, and recovered the first stage of the booster with a landing at its Cape Canaveral facility. Because of the nature of the mission, coverage and information regarding the progress of the rocket and its payload from then on was not disclosed.

The payload, codenamed Zuma, was contracted for launch by Northrop Grumman by the U.S. government, and Northrop selected SpaceX as the launch provider. SpaceX had previously launched the U.S. Air Force’s X-3 7B spacecraft, and was approved for flying U.S. government payloads with national security missions.

The satellite was likely worth billions, in agreement with the WSJ, which builds this the second billion-dollar plus warhead that SpaceX has lost in only over two years; the last was Facebook’s internet satellite, which was destroyed when the Falcon 9 it was supposed to launch on exploded during preflight preparations in September 2016.

This could be a significant setback for SpaceX, since these kinds of contracts can be especially lucrative, and it faces fierce competitor from existing launching provider ULA, collectively operated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

We’ve reached out to SpaceX and will update if they provide additional comment.

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SpaceX successfully launches top-secret Zuma spacecraft

SpaceX has successfully launched its first mission of 2018, after capping a record year last year in 2017 with 18 total launches. The first launching this year carried a special warhead- Zuma, a secretive spacecraft commissioned by the U.S. government for an undisclosed mission.

SpaceX launched Zuma from its SLC-4 0 launching facility at Cape Canaveral in Florida, which was used instead of its other launch facility at Cape Canaveral because that was being employed for preparations for the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.

The payload will be delivered to low Earth orbit, per the mission parameters, but we don’t know anything else about its purpose, design, or intended mission, because it’s all classified. SpaceX has also flown other sensitive cargo for the U.S ., including the Air Force’s X-3 7B spaceplane.

This launch also included a recovery of the earliest stages booster used in conjunction with the Falcon 9, which returned to Cape Canaveral and landed at its LZ-1 landing pad after deploying and separating from the second stage.

SpaceX now can look forward to its next major exam for the year- launching its huge heavy-duty rocket for the first time ever.

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