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Elon Musk Quotes $1 bn to Build Tunnel Under Australian Mountain Range

"The infrastructure plan takes the pressure off traffic congestion and resources in Sydney, while providing a lifeline for our regions."

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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Wikimedia Commons

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has quoted $1 billion to build a commuter tunnel under Australia’s Blue Mountains, which divide Sydney from the countrys vast western interior.

The renowned tech innovator was responding via Twitter to a query by New South Wales (NSW) member of parliament Jeremy Buckingham, who described Sydney as choking with traffic and asked how much it would cost to build a 50-km underground tunnel.

“About $15 million per kilometre for a two way high speed transit,” Elon Musk responded, Xinhua news agency reported.

“So probably around $750 million plus maybe $50 million per station.”

Musk did not specify if he was referring to US dollars.

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Musk quotes $1 bn to build tunnel under Australian mountain range. IANS

Musk’s Boring Company is currently testing similar tunnel systems to ease congestion in Los Angeles, with a prototype stretch being completed late last year.

Rather than being open to conventional traffic flow, the Boring Company tunnels utilise specialised carriages which can transport people or vehicles at high speeds.

Buckingham said that the transport loop would be the envy of the world, and greatly benefit regional cities.

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“You could live out in the beautiful western region of NSW, enjoy the lifestyle, clean air and national parks while commuting into jobs centres of Penrith and western Sydney,” he said.

“The infrastructure plan takes the pressure off traffic congestion and resources in Sydney, while providing a lifeline for our regions.” (IANS)

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Elon Musk Shares Pictures of SpaceX’s New Starship Prototypes

Musk is expected to announce the company’s latest update to the Starship on September 28

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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Wikimedia Commons

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has posted two new pictures on Twitter showing the latest construction updates for the Starship rocket prototype that is being built at SpaceXs Boca Chica, Texas facility.

One of the images shows the vehicle, Starship Mk1, which is being assembled at SpaceX’s South Texas facility near the village of Boca Chica, in the background, standing behind a building that contains a variety of parts and other equipment, news portal space.com reported on Wednesday.

Musk captioned the picture: “Droid Junkyard, Tatooine.”

FILE – SpaceX founder Elon Musk tells the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, that he envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to Mars and says it could become reality within a century, Sept. 27, 2016. VOA

The second photo he posted is of a large metal disc being lowered onto Mk1’s body. This he captioned as “Area 51 of Area 51”.

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SpaceX hopes for Starship to be used as a commercial spacecraft that will be able to take off and land like an airplane. It is expected to be ready by 2021.

Musk is expected to announce the company’s latest update to the Starship on September 28. (IANS)