The 165-foot-tall (50 m) Starship will launch from Earth atop a gigantic rocket known as Super Heavy, which will be powered by about 30 Raptors of its own. The Starship vehicle will be powerful enough to blast itself off the moon and Mars, whose gravitational pulls are much weaker than that of our planet, Musk has said. … [Read more...] about SpaceX gearing up for 12-mile-high test flight with prototype of Mars-colonizing Starship
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Much like the rollerblades, skateboards, and bikes that they hope to replace, RocketSkates have a learning curve. It looks easy when an experience rider does it, but newbies will need to get the hang of pointing the wheels in the same direction, leaning without falling forward or backward. The urge to move your legs is strong, as is the desire to have your feet evenly placed rather than riding with one in front of the other. Ignore these impulses! For they lead only to slipping and sliding and (once, but only once!) actually falling down. … [Read more...] about Feet-on with RocketSkates, which are exactly what they sound like
The weather pattern is a weak but independent cousin of the now well-known El Nino weather pattern that brings floods and droughts to the Ganges, Congo, Amazon, and Murray (Australia) basins, as well as parts of North America, depending upon the movement of an enormous "bathtub" of warm water in the Pacific Ocean. … [Read more...] about Seesaw Climate: Drought Here Means Flood There
Musk labeled the Hyperloop project as "low priority," maintaining that he will continue to devote most of his attention to his other more high-profile projects: the Tesla electric-car and SpaceX rocket companies. Still he stated he intends to be a key investor in the project. And while Musk would like the Hyperloop to be an open-source endeavor, he also stated he is willing to develop a small-scale prototype to demonstrate the validity of the concept. … [Read more...] about Can Elon Musk’s Superfast ‘Hyperloop’ Transit System Really Be Built?
"The Hyperloop (or something similar) is, in my opinion, the right solution for the specific case of high-traffic city pairs that are less than about 1,500 km or 900 miles apart," Musk wrote in a description of the concept published online today. "Around that inflection point, I suspect that supersonic air travel ends up being faster and cheaper." [Hyperloop Images: Elon Musk's Travel Concept Unveiled (Gallery)] … [Read more...] about Hyperloop Unveiled: Billionaire Elon Musk Reveals Wild Idea for Superfast Travel