What’s Up, Elon: Boring Co. Drops LA Westside Tunnel Plan, Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Delayed While Tesla ‘Was Weeks Away From Death’

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Boring Co. drops LA Westside tunnel plan

Source: Boring Company

Elon Musk proclaimed at the start of the year that his new venture, a tunnel boring machine, would start digging “in a month or so” – and he’s already made good on his word.

In fact, Godot, which is Musk’s name for the giant tunneller, has started digging in Los Angeles. In a tweet, the entrepreneur said the “first segment” of a tunnel has been completed in the state.

So far, he hasn’t revealed details of how long the tunnel is, where exactly it’s located, or how deep the machine has dug.

The Boring Company’s big dig plans hit a snag this week, as the Elon Musk-led project announced that it would abandon plans to dig a massive tunnel beneath Los Angeles’ 405 freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard.

The controversial project had been the focus of a lawsuit filed by two neighborhood groups, accusing LA officials of violating state law by exempting the plans from environmental review. A settlement was reached last month and, on Tuesday, the Boring Company and the Westside activists made the closure official.

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

Source: AP

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 number of breakthroughs” that have made it possible, he said. And as he hinted before, it’d likely be a one-way trip — he expects to “move there.”

The executive also rejected the idea that traveling to Mars could be an “escape hatch for the rich” in its current form. He noted that an ad for going to Mars would be “like Shackleton’s ad for going to the Antarctic,” which (though likely not real) made clear how dangerous the South Pole journey was.

Even if you make it to Mars, you’ll spend all your time building the base and struggling to survive harsh conditions, Musk said. And while it might be possible to come back, it’s far from guaranteed. As with climbing Everest, Musk believes it’s all about the “challenge.”

BFR renamed

Source: SpaceX

Elon Musk has renamed the BFR, the spaceship that he hopes will carry humans to Mars.

It will now be known as Starship, he said, though the bottom part will have a separate name.

The BFR name had always been slightly controversial and strange: while SpaceX officially insisted it was short for “Big Falcon Rocket”, the F really seemed to stand for something a little more explicit.

“Renaming BFR to Starship,” he wrote on Twitter in a characteristically short but momentous post. “Technically, two parts: Starship is the spaceship/upper stage & Super Heavy is the rocket booster needed to escape Earth’s deep gravity well (not needed for other planets or moons),” a follow-up read.

Tesla was weeks away from death

In a shocking turn of events, CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk has recently said that the company was close to running out of cash previously. This follows numerous production issues surrounding its Model 3 sedan, CarAdvice reports.

When interviewed by Axios news programme, Musk said “the company was bleeding money like crazy, and if we didn’t solve these problems in a very short period of time, we would die.” He even said the company was “single-digit weeks” away from running out of funds.

Historical launch of Falcon 9 rocket is postponed

Source: AP

Musk’s SpaceX has blamed high winds for its decision to postpone the launch of its latest mission as the company aims to make history by reusing its Falcon 9 rocket for the third time.

The mission, referred to as SSO-A: A SmallSat Express, will involve the launch of a total of 64 small satellites, and will also offer Musk, who has ambitions to colonise other planets starting with Mars, a further demonstration of the rocket’s longevity and durability. The rocket was scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California 1.31pm EST (6.31pm GMT) before landing on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.

The launch has now been delayed until Saturday December 1 at the earliest, according to the US Air Force’s 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg, which confirmed on Facebook: “The SpaceX Falcon 9 SSO-A launch is delayed due to weather.”


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