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SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has already changed the automotive landscape with electric carmaker Tesla Motors, but his aerospace outfit isn't just competing with private industry. SpaceX boldly seeks to make good on the promise of NASA's defunct Space Shuttle program by bringing down the cost of space transportation.

So, who will be the first to Mars? The U.S., China, or Elon Musk? We ask him this question and more in an exclusive TRANSLOGIC interview.
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Dmytro Novosad

What a shame Elon, FSW was invented two decades ago in Cambridge...

January 07 2013 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig

Will it work? Can it work? Don't really know....BUT we must have the drive and intiative to work towards it....what else will they find that will make things better as they work on this project? Love the creativity, drive, openness to attempt to make things better....Love to see it......better than seeing young people sit on their ass and do nothing but text and talk.......

November 13 2011 at 5:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brookester007

This interview is BULLSH!T... SpaceX has no idea what they're doing! They're going to end up killing someone. Why do I say this... because they are sacrificiing safety for profit and selling bullcrap numbers like $1000 per pound or a $130,000,000 rocket. Truth is space travel is expensive. NASA advanced friction stir welding (FSW) technology on Aluminum Lithium (Al-Li) 2195... and yes there are plenty of machines pre exisiting that have welded Al-Li 2195. For example the Space Shuttle's External Tank uses Al-Li 2195 and has been FSW since 2002

October 31 2011 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Grendal

Well. They've put two rockets into space. They must have some idea what they are doing or they couldn't have achieved even that.

November 06 2011 at 1:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gaetano Marano

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OS article: "NASA may extend Russian contract to fly to space station" *** http://thesent.nl/qhzbWZ.
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a much better solution is to...
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1. extend the contract to Russia to carry astronauts and cargo to 2020 for about $1 billion more.
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2. delete the $3.5 billion CRS program and the $1.5 billion CCDev 2 and 3 programs.
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3. invest the $4 billion saved to start much better space programs.
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or... just have the best of both worlds... Launch the Soyuz from KSC!
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http://www.newspaceagency.com/articles/05soyuzfromksc.html
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the $6+ billion "commercial space" is INCREDIBLY HIGHLY FUNDED for a thing that can't give to NASA more than one-two copy(ies) of the Progress from 2014 and one-two copy(ies) of the Soyuz from 2016 (if lucky) at prices-per-ton of payload to ISS that are up to FIVE TIMES those of the retired Space Shuttle!
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not forgetting, that, things like the BlueKliper, CST-100 and DREAMchaser, may likely NEVER FLY in Space due to an old and bad design (for the HL-20-derived DREAMchaser) or few engineers involved (for the BlueKliper) or a BIG BUG hidden in the project (for the CST-100).
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the main problems of commercial space companies is a nearly TOTAL LACK of "places to go" in Space for so many vehicles and astronauts.
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also assuming that ALL them will be able to reach their goals in 2016, they will have ONLY the six-beds ISS in Space and only FOUR american astronauts to carry to it and only for FOUR years in total, from 2017 to 2020, when the ISS will be too old, then put out of service.
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so, the FULL SPACE MARKET in 2017-2020 for the american astronauts will be enough for only TWO Soyuz OR for TWO Dragon OR for TWO Dreamchaser OR for TWO CST-100 OR for TWO BlueKliper OR for TWO Orion (launched with Liberty rockets) PER YEAR.
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a TOTAL of ONLY eight vehicles launched between 2017 and 2020 to send 4*4=16 american astronauts IN TOTAL that, in Soyuz seats, is a TOTAL COST of ONLY $1 billion, NOT the $6-10 billions needed by new.space companies (and NASA) to develop, build, test, man-rate, ground support, assemble, integrate, control and launch FIVE DIFFERENT SPACECRAFTS!

in other words, if ALL the new.space companies will develop reliable vehicles within 2016, they should sell ONLY one-two capsule(s) per company, IN TOTAL, to NASA from 2017 to 2020.
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4-seats orbital MPCV (with Liberty).
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7(?)-seats crew Dragon.
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7-seats DREAMchaser
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7-seats BlueKliper
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7-seats CST-100
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3-seats Soyuz
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7-seats ACTS
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3-seats Shenzhou
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and only a six-beds space station... so, where's the "market" for ALL these spacecrafts?
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October 26 2011 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alfredschrader

The two key forces that effect a rocket are gravity and inertia. Scientists now know that gravity and inertia are caused by a particle called the graviton. If you can get a graviton particle to miss an atom in your rocket, it wont apply the force of gravity or inertia resulting in a very fast, very light vehicle. The key to this is making a material that allows most of the gravitons to pass right through. This material is called a graviton matrix. I have the only piece of graviton matrix that exists. On October 15, 2011 I used it to support a weight 384 times it's own weight....Alfred-

October 26 2011 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
moore240

so now that we have trashed this planet with chemicals,were going to screw up another one,shouldnt we clean this one up first?hmmm!

October 26 2011 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Grendal

7 Billion people and growing. Are we going to tell people to stop having babies? Are you going to be the one to do it? Seems like people need to go somewhere. Space is big. Really, really big. Cleaning up the planet will not happen with 8, 9, 10, or 15 Billion people on it. They all will want to eat, poop, have a house, and maybe drive a car. It's hard to clean that up. Nice sentiment, but myopic and self centered because you own a computer, eat, and probably drive a car. Space is the future of humanity. Then with most of humity off the planet we can keep it clean.

November 06 2011 at 1:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iplayeasy2

I thought women were from Venus and men were from Mars....what's all this ambition to go back?

October 26 2011 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wil2660

It should be a joint venture between the US and China, the benefits would be great for both.

October 26 2011 at 4:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
pm0501

Quite frankly I favor robotic exploration before manned exploration. Spirit and Opportunity' really made some dramatic headway on Mars. Build up from these models and they will bring back as much or more data than man can collect..

October 26 2011 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robertstone1robert

I really don't have to travel there because I 'm from outer space. I've come here for hot dogs, maybe a frank too..

October 26 2011 at 4:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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