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chinaChina Plans Space Based Solar Power

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China plans to build and launch small to medium-sized solar power stations into the stratosphere to generate electricity between 2021 and 2025. The next step will be a Megawatt-level space solar power station in 2030. China is considering space-based construction …

artificial intelligenceElon Musk Has Quit OpenAI to Focus on SpaceX and Tesla Challenges

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Elon Musk has left OpenAI. OpenAI had recently published a paper about their AI system for generating text that can mimick different writing styles. The AI text generator could be used to generate fake news or a new generation of …

elon muskSpaceX Casting Raptor Engine Parts from Supersteel Alloys

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SpaceX is developing stronger steel superalloys. SpaceX is making improved versions of Inconel alloys. SpaceX metallurgy team developed SX500 superalloy for 12000 psi, hot oxygen-rich gas. It was hard. Almost any metal turns into a flare in those conditions. — …

asteroidsFifth Asteroid Day is on June 30, 2019 But There Will Be a Full Week of Events

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Asteroid Day is the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids. The World will celebrate the fifth anniversary on June 30, 2019. There will be thousands of independent events organized by citizens around the world on …

colonizationGateway Foundation Simplifies What is Still an Ambitious Space Station

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Gateway Spaceport is a membership funded organization that wants to create next-generation space stations. Nextbigfuture has written about their earlier designs for an orbiting spaceport. They have made nice renderings and animations of their designs and construction methods. The Gateway …

elon muskElon Musk Believes Super Heavy Starship Will Eventually Be Built for Less than Falcon 9

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Elon Musk believes there is a path for the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship (SHS) to be built for less than a Falcon 9. Currently, a single use SpaceX Falcon 9 can be purchased for about $62 million. The estimates for …

businessBillionaire Naval Ravikant Provides Keys to Getting Rich

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Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He has invested in more than 100 companies, including Uber, Twitter, Yammer, and many others. His current net worth is over $2.2 billion. He is president of Clarium Capital and …

newsSpaceX Starhopper and Launchpad Will Likely Be Ready for Late March Tests

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The SpaceX StarHopper is the first prototype that will test three Raptor engine. It will fly a series of hops that could start as early as the end of this month. It is cleared to fly as high as 5000 …

elon muskBurgess SpaceX Super Heavy Starship Renderings

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Charlie Burgess has created new renderings of the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship. Finished rendering most of my first shots of the @SpaceX #Starship and #SuperHeavy Rocket. Had a lot of fun modelling this one! Check out higher res versions and …

spaceSpaceX Will Soon Pour Pavement for Starhopper Launchpad

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Austin Barnard reports that SpaceX will soon pour the pavement for the StarHopper Launchpad. The Starhopper should begin hop tests in March. They will test three Raptor engines with flights up to just short of 5000 meters in height. Those …