LOS ANGELES: SpaceX, Elon Musk's space transportation company, was set on Monday (Sep 17) to name the first private passenger who will take a trip around the moon aboard its forthcoming Big Falcon Rocket spaceship, taking the race to commercialise space travel to new heights.SpaceX said it will name the first passenger to travel to the moon since the United States' Apollo missions ended in 1972 at an event Monday evening at the company's headquarters and rocket factory in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne.In moves typical of his publicity-seeking style, Musk, who is also the billionaire chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc, has already teased a few tantalising details about the trip and the passenger's identity, but left major questions unanswered.On Thursday, Musk tweeted a picture of a Japanese flag. He followed that up on Sunday with tweets showing new artist renderings of the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, the super heavy-lift launch vehicle that Musk promises will … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s SpaceX to name first passenger for moon voyage
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caption Elon Musk and SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket is designed to be 16 stories tall, carry up to 100 people, and deliver 150 tons of cargo to Mars. source SpaceX; NASA; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Elon Musk plans to blast a tourist around the moon in a ship made by his rocket company, SpaceX. The private lunar mission is meant to demonstrate a new two-part launch system called Big Falcon Rocket, which is designed to eventually bring humans to Mars. Engineers are said to be building a prototype of the BFR’s spaceship primarily out of carbon-fiber composites. Exactly how SpaceX is building that spaceship isn’t publicly known, but industry experts have some guesses. Aerospace engineers, astronauts, and Musk himself have said the first missions to Mars are likely to be perilous. In December, a giant white tent appeared at the Port of Los Angeles. A routine permit suggested that SpaceX, the rocket company … [Read more...] about Elon Musk is building a spaceship that’s so ambitious, some experts call it ‘science fiction.’ Here’s what SpaceX and its engineers are up against.
By Andrew Ross Sorkin The New York Times Jessica Silver-Greenberg Kate Kelly Neal E. Boudette Wed., Aug. 15, 2018 Members of Tesla’s board are scrambling to control a chief executive who some directors think is out of control. Elon Musk, the electric-car maker’s co-founder and chief executive, stirred up a public storm by announcing on Twitter last week that he wanted to turn Tesla into a private company. In recent days, according to people familiar with the matter, some of his fellow board members delivered a stern message: Stop tweeting. Musk hasn’t heeded that advice. He has continued to post messages on Twitter, publicly plotting the company’s strategy and in some cases making assertions of dubious accuracy. That has only added to the chaos engulfing the struggling company. Tesla’s board members are also racing to inoculate themselves from the possible fallout from Musk’s public statements. While it’s … [Read more...] about Tesla’s board members to Elon Musk: Stop tweeting
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has a net worth around $21.5 billion. Musk has never received a paycheck from Tesla, refusing his $56,000 minimum salary every year. He now says he will not receive any form of payment or compensation until Tesla reaches $100 billion in market cap. Elon Musk may be the world’s richest rocket scientist. The 46-year-old CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and cofounder of OpenAI has said he won’t be happy until we’ve escaped Earth and colonized Mars. Luckily, he has the mind and the money to make it happen. Despite a massive net worth hovering around $21.5 billion, Musk has never taken a paycheck from Tesla, refusing his $56,000 minimum salary every year. On Tuesday, Tesla announced it would pay Musk nothing for the next 10 years – no salary, bonus, or stock – until the company reaches a $100 billion market cap. If and when that happens, Musk could potentially … [Read more...] about Elon Musk could become the richest man in the world — here’s how he spends his $21 billion fortune
Elon Musk attended a now-notorious event at a Silicon Valley investor’s home that has been described as a “sex party” but he says there was no lurid behaviour while he was there. In an extract from her forthcoming book “Brotopia,” Emily Chang detailed a party at a venture capitalist’s house that saw drug-taking and open sexual behaviour. Axios subsequently identified it as the home of former DFJ investor Steve Juvertson, while another blog post written by entrepreneur Paul Biggar said that, while they didn’t see any explicit sexual behaviour, they did see Elon Musk in attendance. Steve Juverston left DFJ, the fund he helped found, after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him. In a statement to Business Insider, a spokesperson for the Tesla and SpaceX founder confirmed he was there, but that he believed it was a “corporate’ costume-themed party and spent his time there talking about technology and … [Read more...] about Elon Musk confirms he was at an alleged Silicon Valley ‘sex party’ until 1am — but he thought it was a costume party and left early