(Los Angeles, CA) – Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the first underground traffic tunnel in Los Angeles is almost finished. He posted on social media with a video of the construction, and he adds that it will be offering free rides to the public in a few months.
The L.A. City Council public works committee gave the green light last month to Musk’s “Boring Company” to start building and testing the transportation technology.
(SL) – Elon Musk says SpaceX will be ready to fly its Mars rocket in 2019. At the South by Southwest festival, Musk says the rocket will likely be able to do short “up and down flights” during the first half of next year.He also mentioned last year, that his Mars rocket, could one day fly people from city to city on Earth in rapid amounts of time. Musk touted that it would take 30 minutes to go from New York to Shanghai.
The billionaire entrepreneur has always wanted to send humans to live on Mars. He said colonizing Mars will present huge “entrepreneurial opportunity.”
(Los Angeles, CA) – Quincy Jones is apologizing for the numerous bombshells he dropped in recent interviews. The famed record producer said that after the interviews his six daughters took him aside for a family intervention to talk to him about the impact of his comments.
Jones made a lot of claims in an interview with “Vulture,” including that he dated Ivanka Trump over a decade ago and that Michael Jackson stole a lot of the music he performed. He also said he knows who killed Kennedy, and that he can’t get billionaire Elon Musk to stop trying to get him to go to Burning Man, among other things.
The 84-year-old now calls the interview “word vomit,” and says he’s sorry to anyone he offended
(Cape Canaveral, FL) –SpaceX is scheduled to test launch what it calls the world’s most powerful rocket from Kennedy Space Center tomorrow. CEO Elon Musk tweeted late last night that the Falcon Heavy is still a go for launch at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
It will carry a payload of his Tesla Roadster. The plan is to put the car in orbit around Mars, although Musk says the launch is risky and the Falcon Heavy could blow up.
CNN reports, “Real good chance that vehicle does not make it to orbit,” was his uncharacteristically pessimistic response.Some industry experts agree. Paulo Lozano, a professor of astronautics at MIT, told CNNMoney that the Falcon Heavy — which is poised to become the most powerful rocket in operation — presents big challenges because of its design.
“Every time you fire a rocket engine, there is a probability that something might go wrong,” he said.
The Falcon Heavy has a stunning 27 engines. “It will only take one of them to blow up and produce a bad outcome,” Lozano said. He added that rockets like this are incredibly difficult to test on the ground, so a (potentially explosive) test flight is the only way forward.
Note: No humans or expensive satellites are at risk here. Since it’s the Falcon Heavy’s inaugural flight, there will be a dummy payload on board — a Tesla (TSLA) roadster from Musk’s personal collection.