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.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced today that it plans to launch the first commercial astronaut mission to orbit earth. Falcon 9’s launch of Inspiration4 from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is set for no later than Q4 2021. Billionaire Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, is planning to bring three others alongside him aboard Dragon on this historic journey to space. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX hinted that it could potentially launch commercial payloads using Starship as early as 2021, and last year, NASA selected a modified crew-rated Starship system as one of three potential lunar landing system design concepts to receive funding for a 10-month-long initial design phase for their Artemis program. The one thing we haven’t seen is what the interior of this spacecraft looks like, that is until now. Read more for a video that previews what the crew quarters may look like.
Elon Musk firmly believes in Carl Sagan’s vision that humans should eventually colonize another planet to avoid another major extinction event. To be more specific, Sagan once said that we “live in the middle of a shooting gallery with thousands of asteroids in our path that we haven’t even discovered yet. So, let’s be at least a two-planet species, as a backup plan.” Michio Kaku agrees with Musk’s plan of becoming a two-planet species. Read more for a video of the interview and additional information.