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SpaceX Shows Off Dragon V2, Its Brand New Manned Space Capsule







” At an evening event in the SpaceX Headquarters on Thursday night, CEO and founder Elon Musk revealed the Dragon V2 space capsule, a next-generation version of SpaceX’s current Dragon capsule that will be able to ferry up to seven crew members and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and eventually to other destinations. The capsule is reusable, and will be able to make a controlled landing “with the precision of a helicopter” upon re-entry. 

  The capsule, which has been in development for several years with help from NASA, will be a part of a new generation of commercial space vehicles since the US shuttered its own shuttle program in 2011. Currently, NASA pays Russia around $71 million a head to taxi astronauts to and from the ISS on Soyuz vehicles.

  Tonight, Musk told the press that his company foresees being able to send astronauts to the ISS and back for around $20 million per seat.

  Musk added that depending on how many flights SpaceX is able to launch, that cost-per-head number could come down significantly to where it could “potentially get into the single-digit-million figure.”

  NASA has publicly stated that it wants a commercial space vehicle to be ready for prime time by 2017; Musk told Ars tonight that NASA is being characteristically cautious: “from a SpaceX standpoint we expect to be ready to transport crew by 2016,” he said. “We feel fairly confident that we’ll be ready in two years.” When the Dragon V2 does launch, it’ll launch from the historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, which SpaceX recently signed a 20-year lease for.”


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Obama Tilts Playing Field To One Percent



” Barack Obama has won two presidential elections promising that he had the best policies to make the U.S. economy work — not just for the wealthy, but also for the middle class and poor. So how is it that his presidency has seen unprecedented erosion in both American household income and the gap between rich and poor?

Consider the president’s visit with San Francisco billionaire hedge-fund manager and green activist Thomas Steyer this April.

Steyer is a staunch opponent of the Keystone XL Pipeline which, despite its promises of 20,000 jobs, he considers to be threat to global climate change. Thanks in part to swanky fundraisers in Steyer’s estate overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, One Percent greens have gotten their way at the expense of 99 Percenters from union workers to Michigan valve makers.

A Gallup poll of 600 small companies under $20 million this summer found 41 percent have frozen hiring due to the president’s signature achievement, Obamacare. But Big Hospital and Big Pharma, with their armies of government lobbyists, have thrived with hospitals due to reap $2 billion in Michigan alone from Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

In the energy sector, thousands of coal miners have lost their jobs as the Obama administration has waged a War on Carbon. In favoring green alternatives, the administration has showered wealthy pals like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Fisker Automotive investors with hundreds of millions in taxpayer loans. And for the well-to-do buyers of their Obama-preferred, $100,000 chariots? They get a further $7,500 taxpayer subsidy. “













SpaceX Successfully Launches Its Next Generation Rocket



” On Sunday, September 29, commercial space company SpaceX had a successful launch of its next generation Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Station in California.

On top of the rocket is the Canadian Space Agencies CASSIOPE satellite. The goal of the satellite is to better understand “space weather” – the impact of cosmic and solar radiation on the Earth. This is a commercial milestone for the company, as CASSIPOE is the first satellite the company has launched with the Falcon 9. (Previous satellite launches were completed with the company’s Falcon 1 rocket.) “














Published on Jul 16, 2013

” If founder Elon Musk is right, Tesla Motors just might reinvent the American auto industry—with specialized robots building slick electric cars in a factory straight from the future. That’s where the battery-powered Model S is born.

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Daily Video 9.10.13

“When Can I Buy My Ticket to Outer Space?”



Published on Sep 9, 2013

 ” “How is it that I have billions or hundreds of millions of dollars, and I can’t buy a ticket to space?” asks Katherine Mangu-Ward, as she explains why a handful of super-rich men have decided to fund a new era of private space travel. “This is not the deal. This is not what I thought was going to happen when I was 10.”

Mangu-Ward, managing editor of Reason magazine, joined Charles Murray, José Cordeiro, and Aaron Day, at FreedomFest 2013 in Las Vegas, to discuss the future of space exploration. The mainstream media’s outlook has been uniformly pessimistic on the subject. NASA has scaled back its ambitions and its budget has contracted, while government-backed missions have drifted away. President Bush’s ambitious plan for a manned mission to Mars, announced in 2004 to great fanfare, never got off the ground.

So why is the FreedomFest panel so optimistic about space travel? Because while government is underperforming, entrepreneurs from all over the world are picking up the slack. 

José Cordeiro talks about the pioneers who are backing a variety of innovative ways to fund space travel privately. MarsOne, based in the Netherlands, is planning a trip to the red planet by documenting the entire process and turning it into a reality show. Billionaire Richard Branson is creating the space tourism industry with Virgin Galactic’s innovative approach to spacecraft. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is generating revenue by transporting cargo into orbit for NASA.

Charles Murray, co-author of “Apollo,” says that the first moon landing was accomplished by a government bureaucracy that acted like “the most audacious entrepreneurs you’ve ever seen.” Murray tells the story of a one-great organizational spirit that has steadily declined since the 1960s.

Aaron Day analyzes the psychology of today’s space entrepreneurs, from Burt Rutan’s pessimistic take on historical progress in space, to Elon Musk’s record of accomplishing more with fewer resources. 

Runs about 36 minutes.

Edited by Todd Krainin. Camera by Paul Detrick and Alex Manning.

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 The Future Of Rapid Transit As Envisioned By SpaceX



” Taking to the stage at this year’s Economist Innovation Awards, Elon Musk of SpaceX let slip a few more choice details about his “Hyperloop” high-speed transportation system that would see commuters travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco in a mere 30 minutes, describing the concept for the first time as a cross between Concorde and railgun.”

SpaceX Dragon Blasts Off …

... to International Space Station

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 ” A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA.

It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab by the California-based SpaceX company. The first was last spring.

This time was no test flight, however, and the spacecraft carried 1,000 pounds (453.6 kilograms) of key science experiments and other precious gear on this truly operational mission. There was also a personal touch: chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream tucked in a freezer for the three station residents.

The company’s unmanned Falcon rocket roared into the night sky right on time, putting SpaceX on track to reach the space station Wednesday. The complex was soaring southwest of Tasmania when the Falcon took flight.

Officials declared the launch a success, despite a problem with one of the nine first-stage engines. The rocket put Dragon in its intended orbit, said the billionaire founder and chief executive officer of SpaceX, Elon Musk.”

” Coming in October: SpaceX Dragon Gets Down to Work”

” NASA’s launch schedule at Cape Canaveral now includes a rough date for the next Space Exploration
Technologies (SpaceX) cargo-delivery trip to the International Space Station, giving an October date for the launch.

“Hopefully this is a really straightforward mission,” Elon Musk told PM during our recent trip to the headquarters of SpaceX
in Hawthorne, Calif. “