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    If you don’t know who he is, you should, and you will. He flies under the radar. He’s a younger less swashbuckling but ultimately much more exciting version of Richard Branson, and he had two big successes this week.
    He’s only 40, California based, from South Africa via Canada. If you’ve used PayPal you’ve likely put money in his pocket. He sold it to EBay for $1.5B.

    First this week he announced that his car company Tesla, would bring forward to June 2012 shipments of the first new mass produced US car in decades, (since DeLorean I think), and it happens to be electric powered. (An electric powered DeLorean will launch next year). Second, he (still hopefully on Friday) delivered cargo to the ISS via the first commercially developed rocket. This is the first time it has been done by anything other than a large government agency. He says he can do what the Space Shuttles did for just 10% of the cost. He has plans to export your grandkids to Mars. He is the largest shareholder in Solar City, the largest solar panel provider in the US. Welcome to the new frontier. UFO’s watch out, this guy is to be reckoned with.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk

    Elon Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African born American inventor, engineer and entrepreneur best known for co-founding SpaceX, Tesla Motors and X.com, which later became Paypal. He is currently the CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. While at those companies, Musk created the first viable electric car of the modern era, the Tesla Roadster, a private successor to the Space Shuttle Falcon 9, and the world's largest Internet payment system PayPal.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/sc...n.html?_r=1&hp

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — He does not have the name recognition of some other space entrepreneurs, people like Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin empire, or Paul Allen of Microsoft fame, or Jeff Bezos, the Amazon.com billionaire.

    That will probably change if things keep going his way. Elon Musk, a computer prodigy and serial entrepreneur whose ambitions include solving the world’s energy needs and colonizing the solar system, was the man of the hour — or of 3:44 a.m. Tuesday, Eastern time — when the rocket ship built by his company, SpaceX, lifted off gracefully in a nighttime launching and arced off in a streak of light amid loud applause.
    “Falcon flew perfectly!!” Mr. Musk posted exultantly on Twitter from his iPhone at 4:04 a.m. “Dragon in orbit, comm locked and solar arrays active!! Feels like a giant weight just came off my back
    If all goes as planned, his unmanned Dragon capsule, lifted into orbit by his Falcon 9 rocket, will berth at the International Space Station on Friday bearing a modest cargo: 162 meal packets (45 of them low-sodium), a laptop computer, a change of clothes for the station astronauts and 15 student experiments.
    Far more important than the supplies is the proof of concept. Mr. Musk is trying to show the world that a determined entrepreneur can start a rocket company from scratch and, a decade later, end up doing a job that has until now been the exclusive province of federal governments.
    “Every launch into space is a thrilling event,” John P. Holdren, President Obama’s assistant for science and technology, said in a statement. “But this one is especially exciting because it represents the potential of a new era in American spaceflight.”
    It is the latest achievement by Mr. Musk, a cocky businessman who was born in South Africa and is one month shy of his 41st birthday. Best known for helping found PayPal and selling it to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion, he currently multitasks by running two companies he founded: SpaceX, officially known as the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, and Tesla Motors, which in 2008 brought to market a head-turning all-electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster. He is also chairman of SolarCity, a company that designs and installs solar energy systems.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...c=nl_headlines

    A new era in spaceflight blasted off early Tuesday with the launch of a rocket designed, built and flown by SpaceX, a 10-year-old U.S. company.
    The rocket lofted an unmanned capsule, which Friday will become the first commercial craft to attempt to dock with the International Space Station. For NASA, the moment marked a transition. Instead of flying the space shuttle, the agency is now renting rides into space. Here are some facts about SpaceX:
    Here are two interviews from 2009 and 2011 with Charlie Rose.

    http://www.charlierose.com/guest/view/6716
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    Man this is one clever guy! No wonder he is on top of everything he just seems to ooze creativity. He has a degree in both physics and business and has a masters in physics!
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    Great Name.
    Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the (female dog) that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Lord View Post
    Great Name.
    It’s not easily forgotten. While I’m still in fantasy land, here’s an unrelated piece about a 100 year space project.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...c=nl_headlines

    Humanity’s journey to the stars is beginning with . . . a modest government grant.
    The dreamers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency last week announced an award of $500,000 to a former astronaut to launch an effort to — someday — send explorers to another star system.
    It’s a huge job, impractical with existing technology. That’s why the 100 Year Starship Study project will start by building a community of space enthusiasts, engineers, technologists, futurists, scientists and dreamers to chip away at a panoply of technical, financial and social challenges — while seeking funds to keep the effort afloat.
    “The first step is to get the seed money to grow into something more while also getting the public engaged,” said Mae Jemison, the former astronaut whom DARPA chose to head the effort. “It has to become something that has its own momentum.”
    In 50 years of space exploration, humans have hardly made it out of the driveway of our home planet. NASA’s trips to the moon took three days each way. Mars, the next planet over, is nine months distant by robotic flier. At the speeds attained on those trips, the journey to the nearest neighboring star would take tens of thousands of years.
    A starship, then, will need giant engines that draw more power than we know how to produce, said Les Johnson, a NASA scientist who has worked on designs for robotic probes to travel outside our solar system. “There’s no law of physics that says it won’t work,” he said. “Maybe if we get creative in our engineering we can do this.”
    In its grant solicitation, DARPA wrote that it wants to “foster a rebirth of a sense of wonder” while encouraging research that will pay dividends here on Earth.
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    (An electric powered DeLorean will launch next year).
    Part of the FG jobs plan ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post


    Part of the FG jobs plan ?
    Saw a photo from the NY motor show. It looks as if they’ve dusted off all those 1980’s frames and stuck a battery in. At $95K, I predict another flop.
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    SpaceX capsule successfully completes practice run at docking with the ISS. Real thing tomorrow.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...16298720120524
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 24 (Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon spaceship flew smoothly through a practice drive by the International Space Station on Thursday, clearing the way for it to become the first private vessel to reach the orbital outpost.
    If Dragon continues to operate as planned, it will fly to within about 30 feet (9 metres) of the $100 billion station on Friday and shut down its maneuvering thrusters so the station crew can snare it with a robotic crane and hook it onto a docking port.
    Dragon took a test drive by the station early on Thursday, coming as close as about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) as the two vessels soared around the planet at 17,500 miles per hour (28,164 kph).
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    Musk is currently the hottest tech entrepreneur in the US at the moment. He has said he will publicize his plans for a completely new form of transport by August 12. The Hyperloop sounds crazy, but with Musk's track record of PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity few are willing to bet against him for the moment. Some advance copy below.



    Hyperloop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Elon Musk Hyperloop plans: Here's what it might look like.

    Enter Tesla and SpaceX visionary Elon Musk with one of the craziest-sounding ideas in transportation history. For a while now, Musk has been hinting at an idea he calls the Hyperloop—a ground-based transportation technology that would get people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under half an hour, for less than 1/10 the cost of building the high-speed rail line. Oh, and this 800-mph system would be self-powered, immune to weather, and would never crash.



    What is the Hyperloop? So far Musk hasn’t gotten very specific, though he once called it “a cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table.” But we’ll soon find out more. On Monday, Musk tweeted that he will publish an “alpha design” for the Hyperloop by Aug. 12. Responding to questions on Twitter, he indicated that the plans would be open-source, and that he would consider a partnership with someone who shared his vision. Perhaps the best clue came when he responded to an engineer named John Gardi, who published a diagram of his best guess as to how the Hyperloop might work:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    Musk is currently the hottest tech entrepreneur in the US at the moment. He has said he will publicize his plans for a completely new form of transport by August 12. The Hyperloop sounds crazy, but with Musk's track record of PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity few are willing to bet against him for the moment. Some advance copy below.



    Hyperloop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Elon Musk Hyperloop plans: Here's what it might look like.
    Skimming this thread and seeing what this man is about it has made my thought processes think that perhaps now that he has made his fortune this is like a pet project by making the plans open source. Ideas wise this is an ambitious project, a major new platform that will run on very high speed. This is the equivelant of going to Galway in approx 15-20 mins !

    http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/how...igh-speed-rail

    Vice.com is hypothesisng that the technology used may be based on current technology that is over a century old and used to shift large amounts of money. I got very confused as the article went into the basics of the physics that may be used but it all appears to make sense, perhaps those with a sounder scientific mind might be good enough to extrapolate all the basics for me in even more layman terms! This is going to revolutionise train travel...
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    how come i didnt know abt this guy....love that the NYT says '.....whose ambitions include solving the worlds energy needs and colonizing the solar system.'

    colonizing our solar system?

    plans to export your grandkids to Mars?

    He can export ME!

    (puts my ambitions to shame)

    [...back to another 'canadamerican'....this one with other attributes

    a lot more 'earthly'... Ryan (Gosling)]

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    (thx Count nice read for a change of pace)
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    Here's the skinny on the Hyperloop. He's putting it out open source for modification. He has said that charging people only $20 to travel L.A. to San Fran in less than thirty minutes the system can pay for itself in 20 years.

    Hyperloop' images: Renderings of Elon Musk's concept

    Elon Musk's Futuristical Napkin Drawing of a Mass Transit System

    Except for All the Details, Elon Musk's Hyperloop Sounds Awesome

    Elon Musk, the billionaire behind SpaceX private rockets and Tesla electric cars, has revealed his plan for the Hyperloop, a sort of love child of an air hockey table and the train from Logan's Run, that he says can shoot passengers and their cars from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes using solar power.

    Introducing Elon Musk's Hyperloop

    Document: Read Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop Alpha' plan - San Jose ...

    http://www.mercurynews.com/business/...oop-alpha-plan
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    yep heard this first thing on NPR today....all of a sudden this boy is all over the place...sure he will make the news for some time to come

    dislike the comments section on first link.....

    as far as i'm concerned anyone who makes 1Billion dollars is expected to have 'adventurous' ideas...

    besides this girl would very much enjoy to get across the north country in 1h or so....no plane rides...mmmmm....i like how it sounds already!! if he does this overland then its only a matter of time we 'fly' in 'air-tubes' over the ocean, and now that we are experimenting with ideas, why not under water so we get to further enjoy and explore our wonderful oceans?

    love adventurous minds..

    is all i have to say today.

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    Yes, go, Elon! If there's anyone who can help save us all from the twin evils of peak oil and climate change, it might just be him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by random new yorker View Post
    yep heard this first thing on NPR today....all of a sudden this boy is all over the place...sure he will make the news for some time to come

    dislike the comments section on first link.....

    as far as i'm concerned anyone who makes 1Billion dollars is expected to have 'adventurous' ideas...

    besides this girl would very much enjoy to get across the north country in 1h or so....no plane rides...mmmmm....i like how it sounds already!! if he does this overland then its only a matter of time we 'fly' in 'air-tubes' over the ocean, and now that we are experimenting with ideas, why not under water so we get to further enjoy and explore our wonderful oceans?

    love adventurous minds..

    is all i have to say today.
    Read the plans on the BBC today , its ambitious in the extreme anyhoo its going to cost a couple of billion to build . It will travel at a neck breaking speed of 700 km/h and you do not want to be in a hyperloop accident if that is the case! A similar idea was patented in America years ago that would have went at 4000 mph or NY to Beijing in what, an hour? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23681266 . Train travel costs are much higher and the cost of building this thing is at least an eight of what it costs to maintain a train system . Cost effective solutions like this are in short supply , factors that are gong to effect it are energy needed to run it and what about hidden costs?
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