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 2021-01-16 02:30 

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SpaceX Delays SN9 High Altitude Test for Engine Swap...

Elon Musk has announced that SpaceX plans to swap out two engines in the Starship prototype rocket model SN9. This will cause a delay in a high altitude test that was slated to occur over the weekend. The test could now occur as early as Monday. Two of th...

 2021-01-14 22:34 

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Regulators Demand Recall of 158,000 Tesla Vehicles...

The United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a mandatory recall of 158,000 of Tesla's Model X and Model S vehicles due to faulty media control units. The recall impacts 2012-2018 Model S and 2016-2018 Model ...

 2021-01-14 02:43 

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SpaceX to Launch Second Lunar Lander for Intuitive Machines...

SpaceX has signed a contract to launch a second lunar lander for Intuitive Machines as early as 2022. It has already inked a deal to launch Intuitive Machines' first lunar lander as early as the fourth quarter of 2021. Intuitive Machines is building a...

 2021-01-13 21:46 

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MethaneSAT Taps SpaceX to Launch Methane Tracking Satellite...

MethaneSAT LLC has selected SpaceX to launch a methane tracking satellite in 2022. The satellite will be capable of locating, tracking, and quantifying global methane emissions. MethaneSAT LLC is a subsidiary of the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund (E...

 2021-01-12 23:02 

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Russia Considers Fine for Starlink Users...

Russia's legislative body, the State Duma, is currently considering a law that would fine Russian residents for using Western space-based Internet services like SpaceX's Starlink and upcoming competitor OneWeb. The law would impose a fine of up to...

 2021-01-11 20:03 

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NASA, SpaceX Postpone Undocking of Cargo Dragon...

NASA and SpaceX have postponed the undocking of an uncrewed Cargo Dragon from the International Space Station due to unfavorable weather conditions in the planned splashdown site. The new time and date of undocking have yet to be announced. The Cargo Drag...

 2021-01-10 22:59 

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Tesla Currently Seeking Chief Designer for China Market...

According to breaking news from Reuters, Tesla is currently seeking a design director for electric vehicles sold in the China market. The design director will be responsible for designing vehicles that are uniquely suited to the tastes of Chinese who may ...

 2021-01-09 03:43 

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US Regulators Find No Fault in Tesla Vehicles in Unintended Acceleration Case...

The United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declined to grant a petition for investigation into reported incidents of sudden unintended acceleration (SUA). The decision impacts 662,000 Tesla vehicles. The report, file...

 2021-01-08 05:29 

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Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku Endorses Elon Musk's Plans for Mars...

Noted theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku says that Elon Musk's plans for Martian settlement are feasible with the help of robots. Kaku says that Musk's plans might make a good jumping-off point for fulfilling the legendary Carl Sagan's drea...

 2021-01-07 20:54 

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Elon Musk Becomes World's Richest Person...

Elon Musk has surpassed aerospace rival Jeff Bezos to become Earth's wealthiest person. Musk now has a fortune estimated to be worth $188.5 billion, $1.5 billion more than Bezos. The increase in Musk's fortune may primarily be powered by last year...

 2021-01-07 03:22 

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ViaSat Files Environmental Challenge Against Starlink Internet Satellites...

ViaSat has filed a challenge of Starlink's Internet satellite constellation with the U.S. Federal Commerce Commission, claiming that the satellites will contribute to the "space junk" problem. Starwatchers have already claimed that the constel...

 2021-01-03 02:39 

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Tesla Delivers Just Short of 500,000 Cars in 2020...

Tesla has fallen short of its goal of delivering 500,000 cars in 2020 by only 450 vehicles. With 499,550 cars delivered, it has still set a record for manufacturers of electric vehicles in the number of vehicles delivered. Tesla delivered 180,570 vehicles...

 2021-01-02 22:43 

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Elon Musk Sells Bel-Air Homes to Real Estate Developer...

In the wake of Musk's announcement that he is leaving California in favor of Texas, he has reportedly closed a deal to sell four adjacent homes in a cul-de-sac in Bel-Air for a total of about $62 million. The buyer is a real estate developer named Ard...

 2020-12-31 04:02 

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SpaceX to Attempt to Land Super Heavy Rocket at Launch Tower...

Elon Musk has announced that SpaceX will attempt to recover a Super Heavy rocket by catching it with the launch tower. Although barge landings have become almost routine for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, the landing of a rocket at the same launch tower th...

 2020-12-30 18:11 

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Starlink Beta Testers Report Fast Speeds, Good Performance in Harsh Weather...

Starlink's "Better Than Nothing Beta" testers have reported speeds of nearly 210 Mbps in good weather and some have reported that they can get 175 Mbps in winter weather conditions that can be hard on electronics. SpaceX's Starlink current...

 2020-12-29 21:58 

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Tesla Signs Five-Year Deal With Chinese Company to Supply Lithium...

Tesla has signed a five-year lithium supply deal with the Chinese company Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group that will go into effect in 2021. The deal could be worth between US$680 million and $880 million and provide up to 88,000 tonnes of lithium over the ...

 2020-12-26 23:10 

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SpaceX Pursuing Regulatory Approval to Launch Starship Rocket in Texas...

The FAA is currently seeking public comment for SpaceX's filing for approval to launch the Starship rocket in Texas. If approved, SpaceX could begin flying its Starship and a two-stage variant known as the Starship Super Heavy from its facility under ...

 2020-12-26 21:18 

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Elon Musk Says Taking Tesla Private "Impossible", Talks Possible Starlink IPO...

In response to a tweet by Dave Lee (@heydave7), a Tesla stakeholder and owner of a YouTube channel on investing, Elon Musk mentioned that, as much as he might like to, taking Tesla private would be "impossible". In his comments, he said that he wo...

 2020-12-22 04:35 

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Elon Musk Expresses Curiosity About Bitcoin Transactions, Plugs Dogecoin...

Elon Musk expressed curiosity about large transactions in Bitcoin after a cryptocurrency industry insider suggested that he convert Tesla's balance sheet into Bitcoin. Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor suggested to Musk that he would be doing Tesla sha...

 2020-12-21 19:31 

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Elon Musk Says Tesla's Full Self-Driving Subscriptions Could Become Available in 2021...

Elon Musk has tweeted that monthly subscriptions for Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) software could become available in early 2021. Earlier this year, Musk had floated subscriptions as an option for people who didn't want to pay the $10,000 up-fro...

 2020-12-21 00:16 

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Court Rules Against Tesla in Case Filed By Environmentalists in Germany...

In a setback for Tesla's plans for Gigafactory Berlin, a top German court has ruled that Tesla must halt the clearing of trees in a habitat for endangered species of smooth snakes and sand lizards. The top administrative court in the Berlin-Brandenbur...

 2020-12-18 01:12 

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Elon Musk Denies Reports of Increased Valuation for SpaceX...

Elon Musk has denied reports on Business Insider and Teslarati that SpaceX is considering a new funding round with a valuation of $92 billion in a tweet replying to Teslarati. SpaceX closed a fundraise of $1.6 billion with a valuation of $46 billion in Au...

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