Musk explains why SpaceX prefers clusters of small engines

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For the near-term, increasing data storage in space is "necessary and useful" in light of the modern space race, the evolution of the internet into space and the ability to work with Big Data and higher bandwidths of data in space. It shouldn't be a problem once it enters deep space either, with a notable lack of cars floating around in the cosmos. (On test launches, however, aerospace companies traditionally fly concrete blocks, since the rockets might explode.) Others bemoaned the choice during a time of increasing economic disparity between the rich and the poor.

The much delayed, much maligned rocket is just what the space agency needs to escape from the governmental bureaucracy that has bound her to Low Earth Orbit for the past 45 years. The company has long touted the advanced semi-autonomous driving functionality of its all-electric cars and it will bring the functionality a lot of good press when it performs this cross-country drive. But the space agency viewed commercial development of this rocket as "competition" and refused their offer.

Elon Musk teased his followers with pictures of the fully assembled boosters in December, and after a few delays, the rocket successfully completed a static fire of all 27 of its engines at the end of January. The car did not go in the right direction.

Lori Garver is general manager of the Air Line Pilots Association, International and the former deputy administrator of NASA.

But in reality, the odds are probably closer to 50-50, he said. Analysts polled by Bloomberg - only a third of whom have a buy rating for the stock - give Tesla an average target price of $319, or 5% below where shares were trading Thursday morning. In fact, NASA has already gone into business with SpaceX. Falcon Heavy is set to carry a large communications satellite into orbit for Arabsat of Saudi Arabia.

"We expect investors will remain split on results and that shares will trade sideways as bulls remain patient on Model 3 production".

Elon Musk has not said what the next mission will be for SpaceX.

It was heralded as a "game changer" by Musk himself and watched the world over.

NASA's marketing of how many elephants, locomotives and airplanes could be launched by various versions of SLS is a perfect example of the frivolity of developing, building and operating their own rocket. After SpaceX released data on Starman's orbit on Wednesday (Feb. 7), experts on social media started crunching the numbers and noted that the data didn't match the trajectory that Musk had tweeted the day before. While this is out of reach of casual stargazers with entry-level consumer telescopes, more serious hobbyists or stargazing clubs may still be able to see it with a large, thousand-plus-dollar backyard rig like those in the links above.