Space will go commercial with 2015 launch of Bigelow inflatable room

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Bigelow Expandable Activity Module

An inflatable workroom from Bigelow Aerospace will be added to the International Space Station,  The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, will head to low-Earth orbit (LEO) in 2015 aboard the Dragon, a rocket built and operated by the privately run, Elon Musk-founded company SpaceX.

 

 

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If we fund Elon Musk instead of NASA, we can send humans back to space

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Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the wealthy and polarizing founder of PayPal, Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), is on a hot streak when it comes to spaceflight. He’s raiding revenue streams from Nasa and the US military to fund a private manned space program. His main weapon: low prices, with SpaceX offering satellite launches at about one-fifth the price of competitors at just over $60m a pop.

 

 

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SpaceX Grasshopper rocket successfully takes off and lands vertically

The Grasshopper rocket that you see in action in the video above is is a 10-story high test rocket that successfully completed its first test flight as part of the Space X project, taking off from a test field in Texas. The rocket can maneuver itself sideways and stay in place in the air 250 meters from ground level, before making a safe return to the launch platform by touching down vertically, too – thanks to its quartet of hydraulic-controlled steel and aluminum landing legs.

 

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Elon Musk reveals plan for the Hyperloop

Hyperloop

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla announced about a year ago his idea of a “fifth mode of transportation” called the Hyperloop. Since then the founder he has been constantly peppered with questions about how the system works and when he might reveal his plan for such an invention. Musk has finally revealed his plan for the Hyperloop, complete with illustrations, technical explanations, financial hurdles, and even a potential first route. (Pics)

 

 

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Startups rarely change the world

As a group, startups can contribute small incremental changes that together add up to a big difference.

Startups rarely do anything significantly world-changing despite the constant refrain from entrepreneurs that they’re trying to change the world. It’s not their fault. Changing the world almost always requires massive amounts of money, groundbreaking technology, and a lot of time — three things most startups don’t have.

 

 

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Travel San Francisco to L.A. in 30 minutes with proposed new transportation system

ET3’s Evacuated Tube Transport

For most Bay Area residents in California, commuting is a way of life.  Many people are used to an hour commute each way without traffic. Some people in the Bay Area even commute to Southern California several times a month, spending several hours each way either in the car or fighting through airports. What if there was an alternative to flights and car rides? If it was up to Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the Colorado company ET3, an answer could come sooner than we think.

 

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Las Vegas businessman bets $500 million on space hotel

Pictured with Bigelow is a BA 330 module, similar in function to what the new Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will be.

Robert Bigelow is a hotel ans aerospace entrepreneur,  He got rich off budget hotel suites that start at $189 a week. Now they are funding his dream of building inflatable space habitats with rates topping $400,000 a day.

 

 

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16 futuristic predictions that came true in 2012

Nicknamed “Blade Runner,” South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius competed in the Olympic Games in 2012.

Just how futuristic did things become in 2012?  at the Olympic Games we watched a cyborg compete.  We marveled at the news that NASA was actually working on a faster-than-light warp drive. 2012 also featured the planet’s first superstorm, the development of an artificial retina — and primates who had their intelligence enhanced with a chip. Here are 16 predictions that came true in 2012.

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