SpaceX is building a ‘test hopper’ Mars spaceship in Texas — and Elon Musk says it could launch by March

Chris Carlson/AP Elon Musk said SpaceX is building a “test hopper” vehicle in Texas that could launch by March or April. The vehicle is a squat version of a full-scale Starship spaceship — one that’s being designed to reach Mars as part of the Big Falcon Rocket system. Photos taken by locals in Boca Chica, […]

‘Shame on Boeing’: Elon Musk hails Russian-made rocket engine’s design as ‘brilliant’

SpaceX founder Elon Musk praised the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine for looking awesome but said his bitter rivals Lockheed and Boeing ought to be ashamed of using it during their launches. The eccentric tech billionaire said a few nice words about the RD-180 on Twitter, while mocking his competitors at the same time. “It’s embarrassing […]

Elon Musk said The Boring Company wants to prove it can send 4,000 vehicles traveling at 155 mph through its tunnels every hour

Patrick Fallon / Reuters The next step for The Boring Company is to show that it can send a large number of vehicles through a tunnel at high speeds, founder Elon Musk said on Wednesday via Twitter. “Next step for @BoringCompany Loop is demonstrating high throughput at high speed. Target is 4000 vehicles/hour at 155mph […]

Elon Musk’s mission to solve LA’s ‘soul-destroying’ traffic problem has begun, but there’s turbulence ahead

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk made a brief public appearance late on Tuesday to unveil the first tunnel completed by the underground transit venture he launched two years ago. Musk has advertised the proof-of-concept tunnel as a first step toward developing a high-speed subterranean network capable of whisking vehicles and pedestrians. The new tunnel was excavated […]

Elon Musk promises big new Tesla Autopilot upgrade, but is it legal?

Enlarge (credit: https://arstechnica.com/author/aurich-lawson/) Tesla CEO Elon Musk is famous for the use of his Twitter feed, where he often engages with his almost 24 million followers. Sometimes it gets him in trouble—as with the case of the infamous “420” tweet that landed both him and Tesla with $ 20 million in fines. Sometimes it gets […]

Elon Musk says there’s a ’70 percent’ chance he’ll move to Mars

Elon Musk has talked about personally heading to Mars before, but how likely is he to make the trip, really? Well, he just put a number on it. In an interview for the Axios on HBO documentary series, Musk said there was a “70 percent” chance he’ll go to Mars. There have been a “recent […]