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Elon Musk shares idea for vertical take-off electric plane

Elon Musk shares idea for vertical take-off electric plane

As the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk is responsible for groundbreaking changes in both the auto and space markets, but he may now be turning his eye towards aviation. When speaking at the Hyperloop Pod competition held over the weekend at Texas A&M University, Musk commented that the idea of an electric plane capable of taking off vertically is something he's been focusing on recently.

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SpaceX fails third sea landing, historic Falcon 9 test fired [Update: video added]

SpaceX fails third sea landing, historic Falcon 9 test fired [Update: video added]

So near yet so far. Not all third times are charms as SpaceX launched NASA's Jason-3 satellite into space. While the launch itself was successful, unlike SpaceX's explosive last NASA mission, it didn't completely end on a happy note as far as the aim to land at sea is concerned, due to a mishap in one of the first stage rocket's legs. Interestingly, CEO Elon Musk doesn't seem at all dismayed, even almost chirpy. Probably because this time, the rocket didn't explode into smithereens.

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Elon Musk: it’s “obvious” Apple is making a car

Elon Musk: it’s “obvious” Apple is making a car

Tesla’s Elon Musk has said it is “obvious” Apple is making a car of its own, something that has been rumored for many months and seemingly confirmed through numerous related hires. Musk made the comment during an interview with the BBC in Los Angeles recently, saying, “It’s pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it.” Musk isn't worried about the competition, however.

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SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 rocket ready to fire again

SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 rocket ready to fire again

Elon Musk definitely knows how to end the year with anticipation for the next one. Right on New Year's Day, the illustrious CEO of SpaceX and Tesla posted on social media that the Falcon 9 rocket that made history by landing safe and sound on the ground after an orbital launch shows no sign of damage and is ready to fire again. That is, if it does fire again, since Musk also earlier hinted that the rocket might, instead, spend the remainder of its life in a museum.

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SpaceX finally gets its fairy tale rocket landing ending

SpaceX finally gets its fairy tale rocket landing ending

Try and try until you succeed, goes the oft quoted aphorism. In Elon Musk and SpaceX's case, even if each attempt costs millions of dollars. After several disastrous attempts at landing, and even one disastrous take off, SpaceX has finally achieved the milestone that it has been working towards for years, possibly the very cornerstone of its existence. It has successfully, safely, and without incident, landed a Falcon 9 stage one rocket back to Earth. Almost ironically, it was more successful landing it on solid ground that it was in water-based attempts.

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SpaceX delays first ground-based rocket landing

SpaceX delays first ground-based rocket landing

Earlier this month, SpaceX revealed that it was planning for its latest Falcon 9 rocket launch to take place on December 19th. While Saturday came and went with no so launch, it turns out SpaceX just had to delay its plans. The private space agency is now going to launch its rocket on Monday night, at around 8:30 PM ET. This will be followed, of course, by another attempt to successfully land the re-usable rocket, but this time on solid ground, a first for SpaceX.

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Letter: VW should put scandal resources into zero-emissions cars

Letter: VW should put scandal resources into zero-emissions cars

More than 40 activists and clean energy executives, including Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla, have signed a letter sent to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) urging a different method for dealing with Volkswagen and its emissions-cheating cars. Rather than following through with the current plan, which will have Volkswagen fix its faulty cars, the collective wants the auto maker to puts those resources into launching its zero emissions cars.

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First iPhone hacker built a self-driving car with Linux

First iPhone hacker built a self-driving car with Linux

Wait, what? You might be asking yourself what inspired a hacker by the name of George Hotz to build his own self-driving car. That's what we wanted to know, too. It would seem that Hotz decided to kick out a self-driving car using a 2016 Acura ILX in "about a month." He's using Ubuntu Linux as his operating system and has an absurdly massive 21.5-inch display sitting in the middle. A flight navigator joystick rests between the front two seats which, when triggered, engages a fully operational self-driving vehicle system.

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OpenAI nonprofit seeks to improve humanity with artificial intelligence

OpenAI nonprofit seeks to improve humanity with artificial intelligence

A new nonprofit research center called OpenAI has been announced, and it aims to improve humanity through the advent of artificial intelligence. Despite his concerns about such technology, one of the investors behind the center is Elon Musk; Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, Jessica Livingston and others join him in committing what will eventually be $1 billion or more to the project. According to Musk, all those on board have “made a substantial commitment.”

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Tesla firmware 7 on Thursday, some autopilot features only

Tesla firmware 7 on Thursday, some autopilot features only

It seems that the earlier leaked firmware version 7 for Tesla's electric cars isn't that far away after all. A long time coming, since it has been available for weeks for a select number of testers, the software upgrade will bring the long awaited autopilot features to the Model S sedan as well as the Model X SUV. And all of that will start this coming Thursday. Sadly, not all advertised features will be landing this time around, with some of the more interesting self-driving capabilities reserved for a 7.1 update.

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Elon Musk accidentally reveals there will be a Model Y

Elon Musk accidentally reveals there will be a Model Y

Twitter's (soon to be gone) 140 character limit is both a boon and a bane. In the beginning, it help people condense their thoughts into more precise expressions (without degrading into AOL-speak). Eventually, however, it gave rise to a rapid fire method of expression, with amusing consequences. Like inadvertently saying something you're not supposed to. Just like the illustrious Elon Musk when he "accidentally" revealed that there will be a Model Y, the first time it has ever been hinted at. Good thing for Musk, Twitter has a delete button.

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