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Making idea babies
Posted: 12 May 2015

Justine Musk offers some advice for aspirant billionaires:

"When you become a master of two worlds (say, engineering and business), you can bring them together in a way that will a) introduce hot ideas to each other, so they can have idea sex and make idea babies that no one has seen before and b) create a competitive advantage because you can move between worlds, speak both languages, connect ...

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Elon Musk's first wife explains what it takes to become a billionaire
12 May 2015
Justine Musk, first wife of billionaire Elon Musk, knows a thing or two about wealth and hard work — her ex-husband is a founder of PayPal, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and has an estimated net worth of $12.1 billion.
SpaceX internet getting Google support
Posted: 20 January 2015

So Elon Musk's latest crazy ambitious plan is eclipsing Branson's by far and attracting serious money. It seems where OneWeb are talking about 728 satellites, Musk says plans are for over 4,000 microsatellites in medium earth orbit, so no delay as is typically the case with geostationary satellites.

Perhaps this is the beginning of the interplanetary internet we talked about in our MindBullet ...

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Google's Finalizing a $1 Billion Investment in SpaceX Internet
20 January 2015
It looks like Google is going to throw a ten-figure sum into Elon Musk's space internet dream. Both The Information and The Wall Street Journal report that ...
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And we'll connect on the interplanetary internet
Dateline: 14 February 2028
Ten years ago we witnessed the first private, robotic mission to Mars, which also led to the start of an internet network linking all the rovers and probes ...
One web for the whole wide world
Posted: 19 January 2015 1 Comment

Funded by Qualcomm and Virgin, OneWeb hopes to construct a giant constellation of microsatellites that will beam internet access to all corners of the globe. From O3B to Google Loon and Facebook drones, there are several initiatives aimed at getting increased internet access to under-served areas.

I'm all for increasing the options for a truly global wireless network, but the cynic in me says ...

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World's largest satellite constellation to provide global internet access
19 January 2015
According to the International Telecommunications Union, over half of the world's population has no access to the internet. A new plan, however, could ...
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Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
Expanding space in space
Posted: 16 October 2014

NASA has ordered an add-a-room for the Space Station from Bigelow, to be delivered by SpaceX. This is exactly the kind of commercialization of space that we envisaged with our MindBullet from eight years ago!

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Space will go fully commercial with 2015 launch from Bigelow, SpaceX
16 October 2014
The International Space Station will continue its home improvement project next year, this time by adding a large, inflatable workroom from Bigelow ...
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Bigelow pips Branson as leading space tourism pioneer
Dateline: 16 July 2015
The final module of the Bigelow 'Last Outpost' space entertainment center was successfully inflated and attached today. This brings the space station to a ...
SpaceX gets passengers
Posted: 17 September 2014

We offer our hearty congratulations to Elon Musk and SpaceX. The final frontier is in sight!

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NASA taps SpaceX, Boeing to carry astronauts to space
17 September 2014
In the return of human space flight for the US, NASA awards both private aerospace companies a combined total of $6.8 billion.
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Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
Rockets are tricky
Posted: 1 September 2014

A week ago, a SpaceX Falcon 9 reusable rocket self-destructed 38 seconds after launch. That's not as bad as it sounds - it was a test prototype and no one was injured, no satellites lost. Elon Musk tweeted: "Rockets are tricky."

They sure are. Ariane Space, with lots of experience, had a worse result recently, when two Galileo satellites failed to reach the intended orbit. That's a pretty ...

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Space X rocket explodes after launch; Musk Tweets rockets are 'tricky' - Dallas Business Journal
1 September 2014
Space X issued a statement saying there was an anomaly detected after launch and that the rocket self destructed, as it was supposed to do. No injuries were reported but falling debris did start a few grass fires.
Spaceflight becomes routine business
Posted: 24 July 2014

It was 45 years ago that Apollo 11 landed on the moon, an incredible feat of engineering. The Saturn V launch vehicle remains the most powerful rocket ever launched.

Ten days ago, SpaceX launched six satellites into orbit on Flight 12 of the Falcon 9 rocket, and it hardly got any press. Because it was routine, humdrum, maybe slightly boring. Nothing went wrong. But an interesting feature was a ...

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Moonwalkers: Stunning Photos from Apollo 11 : DNews
24 July 2014
45 years after the Apollo 11 launched to the moon, Discovery News relives the adventure of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins' lunar mission through some ...
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Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
Printing rocket engines for Dragons
Posted: 30 May 2014

It's interesting to see that 3D printing is having an impact on what's possible in space travel. Elon Musk says that their new super thrusters use direct metal laser melting to manufacture the combustion chambers and other parts. These thrusters will allow the capsule to land under thrust instead of parachutes, something that was not possible in the past.

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SpaceX reveals the Dragon V2: a safer, smarter space ferry
30 May 2014
The spaceship incorporates improved thrusters that would allow astronauts to separate from the bulk of the craft in an emergency. They also allow the craft ...
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Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
Why bother with a phone?
Posted: 24 March 2014

You could send your old phone into space, to act as a personal spy satellite. But why bother with something that big, when there's the KickSat nano satellite available?

One thing that bothers me, if they are going to release 250 of these tiny gadgets into orbit, won't they just become a cloud of space debris after a while? It's already crowded up there. Do we really want to make it more ...

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Home-made spy satellites are all the rage
Dateline: 10 October 2015
More and more people are 'going' into space on a shoestring - and controlling their very own spy satellites from their iPads. Like 3D printing, the idea of building your own pico satellite began with science students and hobbyists, but now consumers are getting into the act. At a fraction of the price of a ticket on Virgin Galactic, you can order a tiny satellite online, or just download ...
Multiplanetary civilization
Posted: 5 February 2014

In a recent conversation with World Post, Elon Musk talks about his dreams for a multiplanetary civilization and innovations that are going to profoundly affect the world and life as we know it.

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Mission accomplished - again
Posted: 4 December 2013 1 Comment

In another first for technopreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX has launched a satellite into geostationary orbit. This really sets the cat among the pigeons for this market, previously dominated by EU and Russian launch vehicles. Not only is SpaceX a private, entrepreneurial company, it's changing the game by substantially reducing the launch cost.

Soon SpaceX will face the 'problem' of demand far ...

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SpaceX launches commercial satellite
4 December 2013
The US SpaceX company has announced its intention to take a big slice of the market for launching the world's TV and telecoms satellites.
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Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
Success for SpaceX, trouble for Tesla
Posted: 3 October 2013

It's been a difficult week for our local techno hero Elon Musk. SpaceX had a brilliant first launch from Vandenberg in California, putting a satellite into orbit for a commercial customer. I just love the description of the eyewitness report in the attached news link. I remember spending a frustrating couple of hours overlooking the Vandenberg launch site, many years ago, waiting for a ...

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SpaceX Scores With California Launch, Heads Toward Reusable Rockets
3 October 2013
It takes about four hours to drive south from Silicon Valley to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Along the way, you pass dozens of California’s epic farms, ...
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Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
Hyping the Hyperloop
Posted: 14 August 2013

My favourite technopreneur Elon Musk has revealed his 'alpha' design for the Hyperloop and it's remarkably similar to the SpaceTube concept we published in this MindBullet more than a year ago.

We borrowed heavily from ET3, but one critical difference with our fictitious SpaceTube was the use of a partial vacuum, which Elon has also 'adopted'. But where we imagined a maglev pod coasting along ...

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Experts Raise Doubts Over Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Dream
14 August 2013
While technically feasible, Musk’s hyperloop will likely be expensive.
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Vacuum tube transport gets you there in double-quick time
Dateline: 15 May 2022
It's been a decade in the building, but yesterday the super high speed tube line was officially opened. Four times faster than a jet plane, the SpaceTube ...
Happy birthday NASA
Posted: 31 July 2013

At 55 NASA has been exploring space for over half a century, and revealed fascinating images of other worlds and distant galaxies.

Now it's time for the upstarts, like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic to take over. Here's a great look back at what's been achieved by NASA, and also a MindBullet which gives a peek into the future of commercial space operations! ...

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NASA turns 55: An Ars Technica tribute to space flight
31 July 2013
A half-century of missions, from Mercury to the Mars Science Laboratory and beyond.
MindBullet logo PARIS HILTON OPENS THE STELLA FOR CHRISTMAS
Welcome to the hotel at 'the edge of the world'
Dateline: 22 December 2017
The Stella Hilton officially opened for guests in time for the Christmas holidays. The glittering 'first night' featured Senator Charlize Theron and ...
2020: Let's go to the Moon for Christmas
Posted: 6 December 2012

It's wonderful to see scenarios we imagined years ago starting to take shape. For the Christmas 2005 issue of MindBullets, we published this tongue-in-cheek story of space tourism, featuring Richard Branson and Elon Musk, among others.

Now an organisation called Golden Spike is announcing plans to use SpaceX rockets to take tourists to the moon. It all sounds quite fantastic. Shades of ...

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Golden Spike’s Plans to Offer Private Moon Missions
6 December 2012
In 1961, President Kennedy said mankind would go to the moon. Eight years later we did. Would you believe a company that said the same thing?
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Welcome to the hotel at 'the edge of the world'
Dateline: 22 December 2017
The Stella Hilton officially opened for guests in time for the Christmas holidays. The glittering 'first night' featured Senator Charlize Theron and ...
It's getting crowded up there
Posted: 8 October 2012

Yesterday SpaceX sent another Dragon spacecraft into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Now Dragon is chasing the International Space Station and in the next few days will dock with the station, delivering cargo and bringing back the garbage.

But the amount of junk up there is already frightening, not only for astronauts, but also all those satellites we have come to depend on for global ...

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We’ve Already Passed the Tipping Point for Orbital Debris
8 October 2012
Since the dawn of the space age, more than 20 000 objects larger than a softball have accumulated in Earth’s orbit. About 1000 of those objects are ...
MindBullet logo SPACE CRASH TAKES DOWN THE NET
Multiple satellite pile-up causes global communications outage
Dateline: 15 March 2014
The solar flare that disabled an aging spy satellite was the root cause of the problem. With its auto-stabilizing thrusters out of action, the 'bird' went ...
Re-inventing space travel
Posted: 8 May 2012

We've long been punting the fact that SpaceX is the real entrepreneur's approach to conquering space. Elon Musk's vision for a completely reusable rocket system, where each stage, including the initial booster, can land back at the launch site under its own power, and be refuelled, is one of the most radical concepts yet.

At first glance, I thought it was a crazy idea. It probably is, but ...

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Elon Musk: On the brink of re-inventing space travel
8 May 2012
Mars may not be the place to raise your kids, according to Elton John. “In fact, it’s cold as hell,” he continues in Rocket Man. But if South ...
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Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
Going up to that place in space
Posted: 3 May 2012

We've published a number of MindBullets about the business of space travel - and that's what it's becoming - a business.

Whether it's Virgin Galactic or SpaceX, the entrepreneurs are taking over, and as I've said a number of times, I think former South African Elon Musk is going to win the new space race.

What better way to mine the market of space than by providing the delivery vehicle? ...

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Star truck
3 May 2012
SPACE flight defies mere reason. From its beginning in the 1950s until the present day, it has teetered along the line that divides science from science ...
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Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
From flying cars to smart flying robots!
Posted: 3 April 2012

It's all happening in the world of flying vehicles...now its smart, flying robots that learn as they fly and collaborate in real time. Think about the application of this research in the next ten years and it starts to get both interesting and intellectually challenging. Is the world of pilotless airplanes really approaching?

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Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate | Video on TED.com
3 April 2012
TED Talks In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- ...
MindBullet logo RENT A FLYING CAR FROM AVIS
Computer piloted 'transformer' vehicles cleared for public use
Dateline: 8 May 2021
Ever since DARPA's 'Flying Hummer' known as the Transformer X made its debut, people have been champing at the bit to get a chance to use them for personal ...
Three inventions will change the world
Posted: 23 March 2011

Elon Musk was brought up in South Africa and is now changing the world from his base in California. He talks about three inventions that will change the world. Actually, any one of them would, and he's involved in two of them.

Some of my colleagues don't think that space flight is of primary importance to business executives formulating their strategy today. I think that, in the future, it ...

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Elon Musk on the 3 inventions that will change the world
23 March 2011
Elon Musk is a 39-year-old engineer and serial entrepreneur. At 28, he co-founded popular e-payment company Paypal. He then went on to start SpaceX, the ...
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Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...

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