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How a combined Tesla and SolarCity make sense

How a combined Tesla and SolarCity make sense

With the Tesla acquisition of SolarCity complete as of today, Elon Musk's vision of an integrated solar energy business is ready to go. The deal, approved by shareholders late last week, sees Tesla's expertise in electrified vehicles join forces with SolarCity's energy generation and storage. In Musk's world, that means not only a cleaner way to live, but the chance for early-adopters to actually make some cash, too.

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SpaceX Mars ITS fuel tank tests end in success

SpaceX Mars ITS fuel tank tests end in success

SpaceX just moved one step closer to realizing its dreams of a mission to Mars. The company has been recently testing a lot of the components that will make the trip to Mars, with the latest test being one for the massive fuel tank that will be attached to its Interplanetary Transport System. SpaceX announced this week that the tests were a success, taking to Twitter to share a photo of the tests in progress.

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Tesla Model S P100D improves 0-60 times with incoming software update

Tesla Model S P100D improves 0-60 times with incoming software update

It looks like Tesla's Model S P100D, which captured attention back in August for its ridiculous capabilities, is about to get faster. In a tweet today, Elon Musk said that a software update coming next month will shave some time off of the P100D's already impressive 0 to 60 and 1/4 mile times. If there was ever a question before, it can now be laid to rest: Yes, you are indeed living in the future.

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SpaceX has identified the cause of the recent Falcon 9 rocket explosion

SpaceX has identified the cause of the recent Falcon 9 rocket explosion

Back in early September, one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets abruptly exploded during a routine filling operation, and it left the space agency confused by the mystery, with founder Elon Musk calling it their "most difficult and complex failure" they've ever experienced. Well, it seems a cause has finally been identified, with investigations completed and Musk stating that it was a "surprising problem that's never been encountered before in the history of rocketry."

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Elon Musk Reddit AMA takes humans on Mars to stay there

Elon Musk Reddit AMA takes humans on Mars to stay there

Elon Musk is a man with many dreams and many companies to make those dreams come true. But as far as moon shots, or perhaps Mars shots, are concerned, his dream of populating the red planet with inhabits, human or otherwise, is perhaps the most eccentric and most incredible, in the literal sense of the word, of them all. But to prove that he means business, and hard science, Musk took to Reddit to answer fans' and doubters' burning questions on how he plans to get people to Mars for good.

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Tesla’s planned product unveiling hit with last-minute delay

Tesla’s planned product unveiling hit with last-minute delay

Those of you who count yourself among the Tesla faithful were likely looking forward to the company's planned product unveiling today. As it turns out, Tesla needs just a little longer to prepare for this reveal. Tesla CEO Elon Musk delayed the event at the last minute, announcing via Twitter that the company won't be showing off this new product until Wednesday.

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SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

Today Elon Musk and his group of space magicians have explained how they'll make it possible for the everyday citizens to reach Mars in our lifetime. What we're doing here is running down some of the key details - all the important details, that is - for the common citizen. The citizen that plans on going to Mars as soon as possible, that is. The first item on our list that we'll be chopping up is the SpaceX timeline. It's ambitious, but very much within the realm of possibility for this forward-thinking company.

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Tesla version 8.0 update begins going out over-the-air tonight

Tesla version 8.0 update begins going out over-the-air tonight

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced via Twitter that the company's anticipated version 8.0 update will begin downloading to all cars in the Tesla lineup tonight. The new version will arrive as an over-the-air update to all cars around the world, and in a later tweet, Musk promises that this update will be a "major overhaul on almost every level compared to V7."

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Tesla Autopilot v8 detailed: Smarter radar in 1-2 weeks

Tesla Autopilot v8 detailed: Smarter radar in 1-2 weeks

Tesla has detailed Autopilot version 8 for the Model S and Model X, with CEO Elon Musk explaining how it'll make better use of existing radar sensors in ways that could prevent a fatality like that experienced earlier this year. The much-anticipated update was developed in-house rather than Tesla collaborating with Mobileye, as the automaker suggested in August would be the case moving forward. Most critically, Autopilot version 8 makes far greater use of hardware that's already widely installed on Tesla's cars.

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Elon Musk turns to Twitter for help with SpaceX explosion footage

Elon Musk turns to Twitter for help with SpaceX explosion footage

As you might've already heard, a little over a week ago saw one of SpaceX's rockets explode on its launch pad just prior to its mission to deliver a Facebook satellite into space. Thankfully no one was hurt when the Falcon 9 rocket was lost, but the mishap comes as a surprise following SpaceX's recent string of successes at landing rockets at sea. Turns out, the private space agency is also a bit confused, and now CEO Elon Musk has put out a request for help from witnesses.

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Elon Musk wants to land three rockets at the same time

Elon Musk wants to land three rockets at the same time

Now that it has a few successful rocket landings under its belt, including two on land, SpaceX is moving on to the next ambitious goal: landing more than one rocket "almost" simultaneously. This surprising revelation was made, and confirmed by Elon Musk himself, when the space travel company was reported to be seeking approval for two additional landing pads on Florida's Space Coast in order to indeed land the three rockets of a Falcon Heavy rocket within just minutes of each other.

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Elon Musk bullish on Autopilot upgrade for existing Tesla cars

Elon Musk bullish on Autopilot upgrade for existing Tesla cars

Tesla isn't willing to disable Autopilot, but it is planning a huge update to the controversial semi-autonomous system, Elon Musk has confirmed. The new software, which will be version 8, is "our biggest release since v1" Musk said on Twitter, while also discussing some of the potential ways existing sensors and other hardware could be reworked to improve the electric cars' accuracy and abilities.

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