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Tesla CEO Elon Musk may have finished his SNL hosting gig, but that’s not the only thing he did in New York City during his stay last week. He shipped a Cybertruck prototype over to the city and drove it around before showcasing the vehicle at one of the company stores this past weekend. Why aren’t there any outside mirrors? It uses an internal sideview camera system instead. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Geometric Energy Corporation announced DOGE-1, a dogecoin-funded mission to the Moon that SpaceX will launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in the first quarter of next year. Despite Elon Musk making an SNL appearance last night, Dogecoin lost over a third of its price on Sunday, which may have had something to do with the CEO calling it a ‘hustle’ during his guest-host spot. Read more for two videos, including one from his SNL appearance, and additional information.
Several Hyperloop projects are under construction, with one test site near Las Vegas that consists of a 1,640 foot-long metal tube. This is where Virgin Hyperloop is developing technology for passenger pods that will one day soon transport passengers through air-free vacuum tunnels using magnetic levitation, enabling them to travel between New York and Washington in a mere 30-minutes at speeds of up to 760 mph. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Project Mars: A Technical Tale by Dr. Wernher von Braun may have predicted the future, or at least the part about who may eventually help colonize Mars. That’s right, in one passage of this book von Braun states that “a Martian government was created led by ten men, whose leader was elected by universal suffrage for five years under the name or title of Elon.” Read more for two videos and additional information.
The SpaceX Starship SN15 prototype rocket lifted off at 6:24 PM EDT and performed a belly-flop before managing a soft landing, with just a fire at the bottom of the spacecraft caused by the methane fuel it uses. This marks the first successful landing after four previous prototypes ending in explosions. SpaceX will use the data gathered from these prototypes to develop a much larger Starship that will one day transport humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Read more for the complete launch and landing video.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink has just released a video of its nine-year-old monkey named “Pager” playing MindPong using its brain. How is this possible? It has two Neuralink devices implanted in its brain, which can be used to not only play games, but soon, interact with others on Twitch and Discord. However, the monkey does use a joystick at first to interact with the computer for a banana smoothie, delivered through a straw. Read more for the video and additional information.
SpaceX planned to launch its third full-scale Starship, called Serial Number 10 (SN10), earlier today, but an out-of-bounds reading caused them to abort it. The good news is that a launch is still set for today, with final preparations being made now. The objective of this launch is to successfully land the Starship vehicle where its predecessors, the SN8 and SN9, both failed in the last seconds of the mission due to issues stabilizing themselves for a controlled landing. Read more for two live video streams and additional information.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has started the dearMoon Project, opening the application process for eight civilians to join a week-long expedition to fly by the Moon on SpaceX’s Starship in 2023. This trip for the lucky few that are chosen will be funded entirely by Maezawa, who leads this mission based on his curiosity and desire to see and appreciate the Earth from afar. There are only two conditions for the applicants: each person must demonstrate a potential for individual growth from this mission, along with the ability to support the fellow crew members who have the same potential and vision. Read more for the announcement video and additional information.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully launched 60 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit late Monday (February 15) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, which failed to land on a floating platform at sea. No official explanation was provided, but some in this field speculate that it could have been an issue with one of the rocket’s controlled engine burns during reentry or a telemetry issue that caused the first stage landing to fail. Fortunately, it did save a few birds who were just hanging out on the platform. Read more for the video and additional information.
According to an SEC filing, Tesla invested $1.5-billion in bitcoin and Elon Musk could start accepting the cryptocurrency as payment. This news caused the price of Bitcoin to soar to above $44,000 Monday, thus giving Tesla more flexibility to further diversify and maximize returns on its cash. The company reported its first annual net profit in 2020, and is now the world’s most valuable automaker, thanks to its S&P 500 inclusion. Read more for a video and additional information.