After spending three days in space, Four SpaceX tourists safely returned to Earth on September 18, capping off their first orbital mission without the aid of professional astronauts. At 23.06 GMT, SpaceX Dragon-capsule landed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast after its heat shield allowed it to endure descent. "That was a heck of a ride for us, and we're just getting started," Jared Isaacman said after landing.
After facing backlash and scrutiny by China regarding glitches in storage and customer data handling, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk announced his desire to work with global regulators to ensure data security on September 18. Privacy and Security questions have raised doubts on pieces of equipment like an array of sensors and cameras assembled in Shanghai. "With the growth in autonomous driving vehicles' data security is drawing more concern," he said… read-more
SpaceX launches four amateurs including, sponsor Jared Isaacman, a health care worker, and two contest winners in space to orbit around in an automated Dragon capsule on Sept 16. It is first for Elon Musk but third for the US, after Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos. The attendees went through 6-month rigorous training. SpaceX's next flight in 2022 will see NASA's retired… read-more
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Commencing the commercial era of human space exploration, Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch four commoners from different walks of life into space on September 15. Interestingly, the whole mission is being funded by billionaire entrepreneur Jared Isaacman. However, the Inspiration4 crew-members will be on their own in space, spending three days inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
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Tesla is hunting for a single-brand retail avenue in India to set up its center, following the footsteps of Apple & Ikea. Based on the FDI norm, any company with 51% foreign ownership must source 30% value goods from India. Besides, the center has approved the import of four Tesla vehicles. However, high import prices, high electric-vehicle import duties make the road bumpy for Tesla.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced his team is working towards developing an artificial intelligence humanoid robot whose prototype will be launched by 2022. Terming it "Tesla Bot", the billionaire said that it would "eliminate dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks." Musk added that the bot would be able to perform daily human errands. "The robot would have profound implications and was important to make the machine not super-expensive," Musk said… read-more
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shook hands with a Canada-based startup namely Geometric Energy Corp (GEC) to provide an opportunity to the advertisers to advertise in space. Reportedly, SpaceX will shoot a rocket to place a satellite in space containing a display screen and the content will be projected on it from Earth. However, the advertisement will be live-streamed on smartphones later.
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Following Tesla's request to reduce import duty on electric cars, the Indian government has asked the company to share the details of its manufacturing plans before taking any decision on tax breaks. The government also wants to know Tesla's thoughts on "importing fully built cars or partially built vehicles that help reduce import duty". In July, Tesla requested Indian to reduce the tax to 40% from 60-100%.
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NASA delays the development of new astronaut spacesuits for the space exploration mission that is scheduled to land humans on the moon by 2024. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk offered a possible fix to help NASA to overcome the issue. Reportedly, the delay in deploying space suits is due to the "Covid-19 pandemic, shortage of funds and some technical challenges faced by NASA".