Name: Les Machines de l’île
Type: SCULPTURE, Machine, Robot
Materials Combination: Wood + Metal, Eco/Recycled/Green, Mix / Multi Materials
12 meters high, 8 meters wide and 21 meters long
Wood: tulip tree
Metal casing irrigated by 2000 liters of hydraulic oil
450 horsepower engine
An indoor lounge with French windows and balconies
Terrace accessible by stairs
Duration : approximately 35 minutes
Speed 1-3 km per hour
Set in motion by actuators 54, 38 hydraulic, pneumatic 6 and 10 gas
Colour: Natural Color, Mix / Multi Color
The Giant Elephant Transporter, better known as 'The Sultan of India' which is part of the 'Les Machines de l'lle Nantes' designed by two French designers Francois Delaroziere and Pierre Orefice. The Elephant is 11 meter's high, Weighs 40 tonnes, can spray water from its trunk and accommodates up to 30 passengers...>>http://designalmic.com/the-great-elephant-francois-delaroziere-pierre-orefice/
I wanted to share this exciting experience with you.
After a small press event, I had the chance to actually climb into the capsule with Elon Musk (Founder & CEO) and a mutual friend, Shervin Pishevar (Managing Director at Sherpa Ventures).
For any of you who are fellow space cadets, this is the first spaceship that is truly beautiful, from its leather seats (which remind me of my Tesla) to its gleaming metallic interior and large flat screen displays. This is the first spaceship to feel straight out of a sci-fi movie. What the SpaceX team has accomplished is nothing short of miraculous.
After the big reveal, Musk told reporters that the cost of flying seven astronauts to the station on the Dragon could start out at under $20 million per seat, with the first piloted test flights in 2016.
Two extremely cool features of the Dragon-2 Capsule:
* First, the landing engines called the "SuperDraco Thrusters" are actually 3D printed out of Inconel (a nickel-chromium superalloy), each with 16,000 pounds of thrust.
* Second, the Dragon-2 capsule lands using rocket thrusters. Gone are the parachute splashdowns. Now Dragon-2 can land anywhere on Earth with the precision of a helicopter.
Such a powered landing is the first step towards landing on Mars, where the atmosphere is too thin to use parachutes for a soft touchdown.
Mars, after all, is Elon's ultimate goal. Last October I was on stage with him, interviewing him at a Goldman Sachs event for an audience of entrepreneurs, and I asked him for a prediction on the timeframe and cost for taking private passengers to Mars. His answer?
- It's only 15 years away.
- For a total cost per person of $500,000
- ...Round trip.
The message here is the following:
Elon had no experience in the rocket business when he started 12 years ago. Yes, of course he's a genius, but beyond that, he has surpassed what NASA, Lockheed, Boeing, Russia and China are able to do in space.
The ability of entrepreneurs to do what was once only in the hands of governments is upon us. So too, is access to the solar system.
Fasten your seatbelts -- it will be a wild ride ahead.
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I call myself a Retro-Futurist. I love Steampunk: an aestheic blend of Victorian fantasy and technology. I am a crew member of the Neverwas Haul, a three story Victorian House on wheels which is legendary in both the steampunk and Burning Man worlds. I also love space travel, in particular Space Tourism: the potential of space experiences for regular people. I was VP and chief evangelist for the Space Tourism Society, and designer of domestic space products. And I love robots. I designed the COSMOBOT, a rocket ship robot that serves fine cocktails. My antics can be seen on WIRED, Discovery, Huffington Post, and most recently, TESTED.COM. Read more at <http://about.me/spacemansam>.