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Elon Musk Is Apparently Building His Own Town
Elon Musk
Aims to Build
'Texas Utopia'

Elon Musk Aims to Build 'Texas Utopia'

'Wall Street Journal' has the scoop on emerging 'town' on farmland near Austin

(Newser) - Elon Musk's next big move: Building a company town, apparently. The Wall Street Journal reports that Musk or related entities have bought up to 6,000 acres of farmland outside the Texas capital of Austin. The goal has a Musk-like sound to it:
  • "In meetings with landowners and

SpaceX Blocks Ukraine's Military Use of Starlink

Company says technology was intended for communication, not offensive applications

(Newser) - SpaceX leaders have conceded that they've been blocking Ukrainian forces from employing Starlink technology for military uses. "It was never intended to be weaponized," SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said at a conference Thursday, CNN reports. Frustrated Ukrainian officials answered along the lines of "but that's...

Musk: 'I Frankly Don't Want to Be the CEO of Any Company'

The CEO/CEO/CEO testified in a Tesla shareholder trial in Delaware

(Newser) - Elon Musk is a CEO in triplicate: It's the title he has at Tesla, SpaceX, and now Twitter. But as he tells it, he'd prefer the count to be zero. Musk said as much from the witness stand Wednesday while in a Delaware court where he was battling...

World's Most Powerful Rocket Takes Flight Again

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy flies again for first time since 2019

(Newser) - SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket—the most powerful operational rocket in the world, though soon to be overpowered —took flight Tuesday for the first time in three years. The rocket launched about 9:40am from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying two classified satellites into space for...

SpaceX: We Can't Keep Paying for Ukraine Satellites

CNN reports the company wants Pentagon to start picking up the tab for Starlink

(Newser) - Last Friday, Elon Musk laid out on Twitter how much it's cost his SpaceX company this year to donate 20,000 or so Starlink satellite units to Ukraine: roughly $80 million, with projections by Musk that the figure will exceed $100 million by year's end. Now, it looks...

He Was a Space Tourist in 2001. He's Going Back

Dennis and Akito Tito to board SpaceX's second commercial flight around the moon

(Newser) - Dennis Tito hopes to become a space tourist once again. The 82-year-old aerospace engineer-turned-financial analyst who paid $20 million to Russia for a trip to the International Space Station in 2001 says he and his 57-year-old wife Akito have signed up for a SpaceX flight around the moon. Though it'...

'Outcasts' Find Meaning in Their Passion for SpaceX
They Moved to Texas to
Get Close to Starbase

They Moved to Texas to Get Close to Starbase

Loren Grush visits 'Rocket Ranch' near SpaceX launch facility and reports back for the Verge

(Newser) - In his quest to send people to Mars, Elon Musk has been launching rockets from a SpaceX facility in remote Texas, outside Brownsville and near a village called Boca Chica. The launch facility itself, called Starbase, has a "Willy Wonka" feel to to it, writes Loren Grush at the...

'Alien Obelisk' Actually Fell From Space
'Alien Obelisk'
Actually Fell
From Space
in case you missed it

'Alien Obelisk' Actually Fell From Space

Piece likely jettisoned from SpaceX Dragon capsule fell in southern Australia last month

(Newser) - From a distance, Mick Miners thought the strange object on his expansive sheep farm in Australia might have been a blackened dead tree. Experts say it's actually something far more exciting: a 9-foot-long chunk of a SpaceX capsule—one of the few pieces of space debris to fall to...

SpaceX Employees Criticized Musk. Then Came the Firings

COO Gwynne Shotwell said letter requesting action from leaders was 'overreaching activism'

(Newser) - SpaceX fired at least five workers who helped write and share an open letter criticizing CEO Elon Musk on Thursday, per Reuters . The letter—which called Musk's public behavior "a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment" and also called out his "harmful Twitter behavior"—began circulating...

Musk Accused of Exposing Himself to Flight Attendant

2016 allegations are just now making headlines

(Newser) - Amid his Twitter drama, a new scandal for Elon Musk: A 2016 sexual misconduct allegation against the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has been made public. Documents and interviews obtained by Business Insider reveal that that year, a flight attendant who worked for the SpaceX corporate jet fleet accused Musk of...

4 ISS Astronauts Splash Down in Gulf of Mexico

It's been a busy month for SpaceX service

(Newser) - SpaceX brought four astronauts home with a midnight splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, capping the busiest month yet for Elon Musk’s taxi service. The three US astronauts and one German in the capsule were bobbing off the Florida coast, near Tampa, less than 24 hours after...

3 Blast Off for Space Station Visit, Paying $55M Each

SpaceX provides the ride for tourists shelling out big bucks to NASA

(Newser) - SpaceX launched three rich businessmen and their astronaut escort to the International Space Station on Friday for more than a week’s stay, as NASA joins Russia in hosting guests at the world’s most expensive tourist destination. It’s SpaceX’s first private charter flight to the orbiting lab...

Musk Revises Prediction for Mars Landing

2029, SpaceX CEO estimates this time

(Newser) - Elon Musk has been saying all along that he considers a trip to Mars possible relatively soon. In 2016, he told 100,000 people at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, that he wanted to build a rocket that could take people there and help maintain a city on...

Rocket Due to Crash Into the Moon Isn't From SpaceX

Expert says WE0913A is likely a Chinese rocket, launched in 2014

(Newser) - Update: The space expert shouting about a rocket smashing into the moon says he made a big mistake. The item dubbed WE0913A is still projected to hit the dark side of the moon at 7:26am EST on March 4, but it's not the upper stage of a SpaceX...

40 of 49 New SpaceX Satellites May Have Already Burned

Company says geomagnetic storm on Friday is cause

(Newser) - SpaceX launched 49 of its Starlink satellites on Thursday, only to report days later that up to 40 are doomed to fall from orbit and burn up in Earth's atmosphere. The company attributed the loss to a geomagnetic storm on Friday. That storm increased atmospheric density some 130 miles...

Real Winner of SpaceX Flight Comes Forward

Kyle Hippchen gave flight to friend because he exceeded weight limit

(Newser) - He told his family and a few friends. He dropped hints to a couple of colleagues. So hardly anyone knew that the airline pilot could have—should have—been on board when SpaceX launched its first tourists into orbit last year. Meet Kyle Hippchen, the real winner of a first-of-its-kind...

China Angry With Elon Musk Over Space Near-Misses

Says its space station twice had to avert collisions with Starlink satellites

(Newser) - Twice over the past year, China says, its space station has almost been hit by satellites launched by Elon Musk's SpaceX. The country is now calling on the United Nations to get the US to abide by the treaty that regulates outer space, the Guardian reports. In both July...

Falcon 9 Launch Sets SpaceX Records
Falcon 9 Launch
Sets SpaceX

Falcon 9 Launch Sets SpaceX Records

Company has 2 more missions planned before year ends

(Newser) - SpaceX put another 52 Starlink internet satellites in orbit Saturday, after the successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from California. It was the 11th flight for the Falcon 9 booster, a SpaceX record, reports. Its first stage touched down safely on the company's drone ship about...

Elon Musk to SpaceX Workers: We're in Trouble

He tells employees that problems with engine put company at risk of bankruptcy

(Newser) - Elon Musk's Tesla is going gangbusters . His other company, SpaceX? Not so much, apparently. CNBC has obtained a memo written by Musk himself in which the CEO warns of potential bankruptcy if problems with a key engine aren't resolved in a hurry. "The Raptor production crisis is...

'A Pretty Glorious Sight': SpaceX Delivers Crew to ISS

4 astronauts will remain there until spring

(Newser) - A SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts pulled up Thursday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring, the AP reports. It took 21 hours for the flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to the glittering outpost. The one German and three US astronauts said it was an...

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