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World’s Cheapest Solar Power Lands In Austin, Texas — Under 4¢/kWh! (Sort Of)
Update: I added the Lazard chart on levelized cost of electricity and the update below it in order to provide some context for those who don't realize that 4¢/kWh (or even 5.71¢/kWh) is lower than the lowest LCOE for all other sources of electricity other than wind power. Texans likes to be #1. Well, a lot of people like
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Last week Tesla activated 5 more Supercharger stations to bring the total to 453 stations and 2,519 Superchargers. Since introducing its network of fast-charging stations in 2012, Tesla has been ex...
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"  Founded by CEO and Chief Technology Officer Elon Musk, the company’s relatively glamorous reputation may actually harm it in the wake of the accident, says Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University. “Public perceptions were hit less hard by the Orbital Sciences and Russian failures but because of the visibility that SpaceX claims, this hits public perception more. If one lives by the press release, one can be harmed by the press release.”  "

Entirely unfair but probably accurate.
Facts take a backseat to popular public perception, especially when given a nudge by corporate media.
 
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Fix the problem, and go ahead !!!!!!!
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Frequently Asked Questions on the Loss of SpaceX CRS-7
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"  SpaceX officials confirmed today that although a range safety destruct signal was sent to the Falcon 9 rocket yesterday, it was 70 seconds too late. The "mishap" had already occurred and the signal played no role in the loss of the vehicle.   "
Get an update on the investigation in the Falcon 9 launch failure on June 28, 2015 and impacts on SpaceX's customers including NOAA and commercial companies.
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Shuttle Challenger and Columbia both had accidents after liftoff.  There was a lot of talk about it for a long time and conspiracy coteries that could never be explained.  http://www.aneki.com/shuttle.html

Challenger: Shuttle Disaster That Changed NASA
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... the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftof
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We're honored to be named one of this year's 50 Smartest Companies by +MIT Technology Review! #technology   #technews   #solarenergy   
Massive solar panel factories. Fertility treatments. Friendly robots. Meet the companies reshaping the technology business.
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On smartest company this one is dumb but interesting, there is a penny stock looking to sell pot out of vending machines, and a company making medical room equipment that is miniaturized and works with your phone as a computer diagnostic and another company that can DNA sequence your cancer and recommend the best path for treatment.  Those other two companys are alive core and Genetic Expressions.  I like the pot vending machine company, just because its so ridiculous. 
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Air Force Invited To Observe SpaceX Launch Failure Investigation
"PENTAGON: Word from the Air Force is that SpaceX “remains certified” to launch the nation’s most expensive and heaviest intelligence and Air Force satellites.

It took a few days, which is not surprising how politically and legally sensitive everything involving +Elon Musk  and +SpaceX  national security launch certification is and will be, but we got responses from Lt. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves, commander of Space and Missile Systems Center, about #SpaceX certification and the effects of the destruction of the #CRS7 mission to resupply the International Space Station.

“Q1. Does this failure prompt review of certification for national security launches?
“A1. No, SpaceX remains certified.”

It’s worth noting that a failure as complete as this one was — CRS-7 was completely destroyed — does not prompt a review of certification. That would seem to indicate that certification, once granted, is forever. UPDATE BEGINS However, later in the day we heard from SMC that certification is not forever.

Greaves made it clear that decertification could occur should a national security space mission be destroyed or fail to achieve its primary objectives due to launch problems. “Once a launch provider is certified, they may be decertified if after an assessment by the Air Force, it is determined they do not meet certification requirements,” he said. “The loss of an NSS mission would first be investigated to determine the root cause and the result of the investigation would drive assessments on whether or not the root cause of the failure affects certification.” UPDATE ENDS

The second question and response is more detailed.

“Q2. What is the process for review after a launch or other failure?
“A2. Every launch-whether successful or not-undergoes a thorough post-flight review. More detailed investigations are performed for any flight conditions that differ from nominal predictions. This was not a Department of Defense launch. SpaceX will lead the accident investigation with support from #NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration, which issued the launch license. The +United States Air Force has been invited to observe this investigation and has offered full support.”

The fact that we got a response from +Space and Missile Systems Center Los Angeles AFB, attributable to Greaves, is fairly remarkable. SMC is renowned among defense reporters for being generally resistant to all forms of wheedling, cajoling, bullying and pleading. (We hope this is a signal that is changing –permanently.) With the White House believed to be closely watching the treatment of Musk, SMC and the Air Force deserve a tip of the hat given that our questions didn’t vanish into space."

Read the full article at:
http://breakingdefense.com/2015/07/air-force-invited-to-observe-investigation-of-spacex-launch-failure/
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I'm an idiot tech. I put one on my porch so I can use my power tools. I like to use plastic boxs than add a weather service cover and or maybe a gfx outlet $15 but those are expensive. I used that to fix our hot tub for a while until the hurricane took out the service line on our garage. You will only get 15 amps which is enough to charge an electric car in a few hours.
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"  SpaceX originally intended to refurbish the pad abort vehicle for use in the in-flight abort test it was targeting for later this year. But since the pad abort vehicle began production more than two years ago, SpaceX has refined the Crew Dragon’s design, and the planned design now differs from the pad abort vehicle design. 
  As a result, using the pad abort vehicle to conduct the in-flight abort test would not provide the best quality data. SpaceX can further reduce risk for later crewed flights and improve the fidelity of the data by using a Crew Dragon built to the current design.  "
Following SpaceX’s successful pad abort test on May 6, SpaceX began developing a plan that would move its in-flight abort test to provide higher fidelity data and reduce risk to future crews launched to the International Space Station in the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
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I figured that SpaceX would use a refrub Falcon 9 for the in flight test. Am I wrong in assuming that it will not go well for the first stage if the second bails on it in flight?
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"  “There will be those that will seek to leverage this incident to argue for deepening America’s dependence on Russian rocket engines for national security space launches. This mishap in no way diminishes the urgency of ridding ourselves of the Russian RD-180 rocket engine.”  "
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the June 28 failure of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket should not be used as “leverage” to buy more of the Russian rocket engines that power United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket.
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Good to have totally domestic capabilities. 
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It's arrived.
Yesterday I picked up my 'standard' Tesla Model S 85. No flashy wide-boy wheels, just a sensible everyday runabout. 
I have this car on a 3 year lease through +Mike Potter and Vicky Reed at Fleetdrive electric, and electric car lease company. They are very nice folks and have been very helpful.
Currently cutting together a Fully Charged episode about the hand over and walk through, it'll be up on the YouTubes very soon. There are some mildly amusing moments and even a little bit of actual information.
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Fantastic! Good onya. Do the kids get the Leaf?
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"  "There is a risk of this kind of pernicious behaviour by a AI," he said, pointing out that the nuances of human language make it all too easily liable to misinterpretation by a computer. "You can give AI controls, and it will be under the controls it was given. But these may not be the controls that were meant."  "
 
Oxford's Stuart Armstrong warns, 'Threat from Artificial Intelligence not just Hollywood fantasy' http://bit.ly/1fXSvWK 
Oxford academic Dr Stuart Armstrong warns humanity runs the risk of creating super intelligent computers that eventually destroy us all
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Well, legalize euthanasia across the board, and suddenly your hidden Dr. Kevorkian doesn't sound so bad. Or some excess giraffe at some zoo is deemed to be suffering once it hits puberty and it becomes too expensive to relocate it, so one must end the suffering. You mean AI can decide who or what is suffering on its own and decide to end the torment?
Don't people already do that?
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“changing the energy cycle from petroleum-based to solar-electric; and moving into space.”

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Elon Musk (born June 28, 1971) is an American engineer and entrepreneur best known for co-founding PayPalSpaceX and Tesla Motors. He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. Musk is best known for having created the first viable production electric car of the modern era (Tesla Roadster), for designing a private successor to the Space Shuttle (F9/Dragon) and creating the world's largest Internet payment system (PayPal).

The Tagline has been changed (Nov09, 2012) from Verified to more active because Mr. Musk does indeed have a G+ profile that is verified ( +114461178896543099856 )   and he has used it for the occasional hangout and posted a few photos. However fans always want more, so I will continue to echo his Tweets and post news items till he (or his media minion) take on this task. However I do appreciate that he is an extremely busy individual and I guess spending his time changing the personal transportation industry and going to Mars rather than posting to various social media sites is acceptable. ;)






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