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Musk: SpaceX Set For Over 300 missions in Five Years

According to Musk, the huge new rocket would be nearly 350 feet tall and span 30 feet in diameter

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AI could be first 'resident' of Mars, hints Musk. (Wikimedia Commons)

After an updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral carrying Bangladesh’s first communications satellite into orbit, its Founder and CEO Elon Musk on Sunday said his company is set for over 300 missions in five years.

The “Block 5” booster, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle, was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre on its maiden flight on Friday.

The rocket’s first stage was successfully recovered, landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” offshore droneship, about eight minutes after the launch, at an unmanned platform vessel in the Pacific Ocean.

“SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over 5 years. Then the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) takes over & Falcon retires. Goal of BFR is to enable anyone to move to moon, Mars & eventually outer planets,” Musk tweeted on Sunday.

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Representational image. Pixabay

The “Block-5” booster is designed to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment as SpaceX continues to strive for rapid reusability and extremely high reliability,

“Rate at which things are getting more bizarre appears to be increasing. In the future, it will seem bizarre that we used to crash rockets into the ocean instead of reusing them,” Musk added.

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Falcon 9 rocket, aiming to bring astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in the future, came with many design changes to improve its reusability and reliability. Those changes may make engineers easier to refurbish its first stages for more flights.

The new rocket has improved its helium tanks submerged in liquid oxygen propellant tanks in the second stage. The helium tanks were ruptured in a pre-launch test on September 1, 2016, causing an explosion.

The Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be used to explore Mars — a goal that Musk hopes to accomplish by 2022 — will be built in the Port of Los Angeles.

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Representational Image, VOA

According to media reports, the LA Board of Harbor Commissioners gave its unanimous approval to permit SpaceX to build the BFR Mars rocket at a new facility on Terminal Island at the Port of Los Angeles.

The report said the new rocket manufacturing facility would be built on a 19-acre parcel on the mostly artificial island that’s part of the port. The facility would provide employment to as many as 700 people, according to SpaceX.

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According to Musk, the huge new rocket would be nearly 350 feet tall and span 30 feet in diameter.

Last month, NASA’s next planet-hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess), was successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Tess is expected to find thousands of new exoplanets orbiting nearby stars, including some that could support life. (IANS)

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Tesla Cars to Have Farting, Goat Noise as Honk Sounds, Hints Elon Musk

The US Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act 2010 states that electric vehicles must have an audible sound at speeds below 30 kms to warn pedestrians of their presence

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Tesla car owners will soon have the option to choose sounds like farting or goat noise for their vehicles’ pedestrian noisemakers and horns, Elon Musk has hinted.

Musk also tweeted about adding coconut sound as part of Tesla’s customisation exercise.

“Customised horn & movement sounds (coconuts being one, of course) coming to Teslas soon,” Musk tweeted.

Musk also teased goat bleats, rushing wind and coconut horse clops from the comedy movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.

In another tweet, Musk also mentioned adding a whoopie cushion noise (made famous by Tesla’s “Toilet Humor” mode) and a goat noise, reports Teslarati.

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

The noisemakers have drawn both positive and negative reviews from consumers, but “the addition of the sounds will keep pedestrians safe in the long run”.

The electric car maker has reportedly started rolling out a pedestrian noisemaker for the Model 3 sedan.

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The noisemakers, which are designed to emit a sound while vehicles are moving below 30 kms in forward and reverse, have reportedly been installed on Model 3 units that were built since September 1.

The US Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act 2010 states that electric vehicles must have an audible sound at speeds below 30 kms to warn pedestrians of their presence. (IANS)