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Elon Musk’s company Space X is behind the latest NASA chapter, in which the Dragon Capsule launched by the Falcon 9 rocket will deliver astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley in style (wearing Tesla emblazoned custom-made Space X pressure suits) to the international space station – liftoff is set for today 4:33 pm ET. Next month, Musk will roll out Tesla’s “newest developments in powertrain and battery technology” on what he calls “Battery Day” — but in a brilliant marketing move, no one is sure what is making its debut.
NASA is now largely privatized when it comes to launches and rockets — getting to space. Perhaps that is for the best because outsourcing technology development may indeed be better (cheaper and more advanced) than buying the same thing using the government’s prescriptive purchasing process.
The NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said yesterday, “Our country has been through a lot. But this is a unique moment where all of America can take a moment and look at our country do something stunning again. This is a unique opportunity to bring all of America together in one moment in time and say, ‘Look at how bright the future is.’ That’s what this launch is all about.”
But this has not always been an easy partnership between NASA and Space X — according to Vox, “NASA investigated and scolded him after he smoked pot while appearing on a podcast in 2018.” But if the launch and then the space station run goes off without a hitch, it will be hard to deny the magnitude of Musk’s accomplishment.
The key to EVs is batteries. And Musk understands that. So for a while he has been teasing this battery announcement. He pitched it during Tesla’s Q1 2020 earnings call with investors, saying “Yes. Actually, we don’t want to preempt Battery Day. We want to leave the exciting news for that day, but there will be a lot of exciting news to tell. And I think it would be one of the most exciting days in Tesla’s history and we’re just trying to figure out the right timing for that.” He recently had to push back the rollout by a month, but that does not seem to phase anyone given that it is happening during the pandemic.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer While going to space has been one big step for mankind, it could also be one big step backward for the environment. Tesla’s SpaceX Starship launched earlier this year, which triggered a fireball to explode on the launchpad. This explosion shot debris across the Boca Chica tract of the […]
“Arguably, the light bulb is the most transformative invention humans have introduced to this planet. But if light bulbs have a dark side, it’s that they have stolen the night.” Nadia Drake, a contributing writer for national geographic, says that losing our connection to the night sky is one of the world’s great tragedies. But now, […]
In the span of two weeks, two of the world’s richest men blasted off to suborbital space with the intended goal of promoting commercial spaceflight. This past week, Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos took his trip on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. This prompted questions about the environmental impact of private space travel. The […]
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