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elon muskElon Musk Tweets Test Firings of the New Raptor Engine

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Elon Musk tweeted out the test firings of the new raptor engines. pic.twitter.com/ChEGbjTGKZ — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 pic.twitter.com/yFhNx3fiOD — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine! So proud of great work …

elon muskElon Musk is in Texas for Test Firing of Raptor Engines Destined for the Starhopper

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Elon Musk is in Texas for the test firing of the Raptor Engine that will be used on the Starhopper test vehicle. There has been over 1200 seconds of testing over two years on previous versions of the Raptor engine. …

elon muskSpaceX Orbital Starship Prototype Built By June 2019 and Orbital Launch Might Be in 2019

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Elon Musk has tweeted that the first orbital Starship upper stage prototype should be completed by June 2019. He has stated that the Super Heavy first stage will start construction in the spring. Previously, Elon Musk has targeted the Super …

air forceChina adds thrust vectoring for better aerial movement on J-10 fighters

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China’s J-10 fighter has been upgraded with thrust vectoring controls. This allows for better aerial movement. The J-10 is a copy of the American F-16. The Chinese J-10 was built with Israeli assistance from Israel’s F-16-based Lavi fighter. It is …

carbon nanotubesSuperstrong materials for electric spaceplanes instead of space elevators

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China has carbon nanotube bundles in the lab that are 20 times stronger than kevlar. They are trying to scale them up for mass production. If they succeed in mass producing tons of this material then what has been impossible …

airplanes1000 mph Supersonic business jet on track for 2023 first flight

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Aerion Supersonic is still on track to its first supersonic flight in 2023. Complete certification is targeted for 2025. Supersonic business jet developer Aerion has launched preliminary design of its 12-seater, Mach 1.4-capable AS2 and revealed ambitions to develop bigger …

electric carsTesla Factory Tour

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Elon Musk discusses what is easy and hard for robotic assembly. People are better wiring harnesses and dealing with floppy and unusual shapes. The robots for a 7X24 hour factory needs advanced robotic technicians at all times. If something breaks …

darpaLiquid Piston gets more DARPA funding for 30KW engine 30 times smaller than todays engines

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DARPA has awarded LiquidPiston an additional $2.5 million to continue development of its 30kW X4 rotary diesel engine prototype, bringing DARPA’s total funding of the engine technology to $6 million. When development of the fully packaged engine is complete, the …

elon muskElectric Tesla Roadster with rockets will beat all performance metrics of gas sports cars

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Elon Musk wants the new Tesla Roadster is to beat gas sports cars on every performance metric by far and without exceptions. * faster from 0 to 60 mph * faster on the quarter mile * better braking, cornering and …

air pollutionBosch reduces diesel exhaust smog to 1/10th the legal limits

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Robert Bosch GmbH said its engineers have developed a new diesel-exhaust system that cuts emissions to 1/10th the legal limits taking effect in 2020 and can help automakers avoid potential driving bans in Europe that threaten to doom the engine …