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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Showcases SpaceX’s Starship Test Rocket

Musk said the company should have its first orbital prototype by June, Mashable.com reported

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has for the first time offered a glimpse of the company’s Starship test flight rocket, dubbed the “Hopper”.

“Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering,” Musk tweeted, while posting an image of the vehicle on Thursday.

The Starship vehicle was formerly known as the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a fully reusable vehicle designed to take humans and supplies to Mars and also to dramatically cut travel time within Earth.

This two-stage vehicle — composed of a Booster and a Ship — is designed to eventually replace the company’s Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and the Dragon spacecraft.

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Elon Musk. IANS

It is designed to service all Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars.

The Starship Hopper that Elon Musk showcased will do suborbital vertical flight tests similar to the Falcon 9 Hopper back in 2013.

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“Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section,” he added.

Elon Musk said the company should have its first orbital prototype by June, Mashable.com reported. (IANS)

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Tesla Cars Will Soon be Talking to Pedestrians, Hints Elon Musk

The ‘Camp Mode' will allow customers who want to use vehicles for camping to maintain airflow, temperature, interior lighting, as well as play music and power devices

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model in Hawthorne, California. VOA

Tesla Cars will soon be talking to pedestrians, asking them to hop in or leave the way on congested roads, CEO Elon Musk has hinted.

Sharing a video via Twitter where a Tesla car can be seen talking to pedestrians, Musk said the feature may make its way to the electric cars soon.

“Teslas will soon talk to people if you want. This is real,” said Musk, showing a brief video clip of a Model 3 driving past people, saying: “Well, don’t just stand there. Hop in!”

It is unclear if the feature will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to interact with pedestrians or if it’s purely an audio player, TechRadar reported on Sunday.

It is possible that Tesla owners driving for ride-sharing services like Uber and Ola could use the feature to gain more customers.

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Elon Musk, a technology entrepreneur. Pixabay

Musk recently confirmed that the popular Disney+ service will soon be available in ‘Tesla Theater’ in a future firmware update.

‘Tesla Theater’ was included in the company’s Version 10 Update that was released in mid-September last year.

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Tesla had also started rolling out holiday updates, including a “full self-driving sneak preview”, Musk teased last week.

The holiday update included long-awaited features like reading text messages aloud via Tesla’s built-in voice commands and a ‘Camp Mode’.

The ‘Camp Mode’ will allow customers who want to use vehicles for camping to maintain airflow, temperature, interior lighting, as well as play music and power devices. (IANS)

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