The Next Thing for Musk? Maybe a VTOL Electric Jet

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Via International Business Times:

Speaking at the Hyperloop event, Musk answered the question of what his next “great idea” will be, by saying: “I’ve been thinking about the vertical-take off and landing electric jet a bit more. I think I have something that might close. I’m quite tempted to do something about it.” Musk’s comments were initially met with quiet laughter, then cheers and applause as the audience realised he was being serious.

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The Next Thing for Musk? Maybe a VTOL Electric Jet

Elon Musk to unveil Mars plans this year

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Via Ars Technica:

For the last few months rumors have been swirling within the aerospace community about how the company would soon unveil an ambitious architecture that will allow it to begin human missions to Mars within a decade. In response to those rumors, a company source told Ars that nothing was “imminent,” and that appears to be true.

During the forum, uploaded to YouTube, Musk said, “I’m hoping to describe that architecture later this year at IAC … and I think that will be quite exciting.” This year’s International Astronautical Conference will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from September 26 to 30. This may include discussion of both a super-heavy rocket as well as starships that could ferry large numbers of people from Earth to Mars, known as the Mars Colonial Transporter.

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Elon Musk to unveil Mars plans this year

France to pave 1,000km of road with solar panels

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Via globalconstructionreview.com:

Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of ecology and energy, has said that the government intends to pave 1,000km of road with photovoltaic panels in the next five years, supplying power to millions of people.

The minister told a conference of transport authorities last week that the tenders for the “Positive Energy” initiative had already been issued and the tests on the panels would begin in the spring.

According to France’s Agency of Environment and Energy Management, 4m of solarised road is enough to supply one household’s electricity needs, apart from heating, and one kilometre will light a settlement with 5,000 inhabitants.

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China Releases True Color HD Photos Of The Moon

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Via TechCrunch:

Anyone can create a user account on China’s Science and Application Center for Moon and Deepspace Exploration website to download the pictures themselves. The process is a bit cumbersome and the connection to the website is spotty if you’re accessing it outside of China.

Luckily, Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society spent the last week navigating the Chinese database and is currently hosting a suite of China’s lunar images on the Planetary Society Website.

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China Releases True Color HD Photos Of The Moon

ALFA 40-60 HP Castagna Aerodinamica, 1914

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Via Wikipedia:

The ALFA 40/60 HP is a road car and race car made by Italian car manufacturer ALFA (later to become Alfa Romeo). This model was made between 1913 and 1922 and was designed by Giuseppe Merosi, as were all other Alfas at that time. The 40/60 HP has a 6082 cc straight-4 engine with overhead valves, which produced 70 bhp (52 kW) and its top speed was 125 km/h (78 mph). The race model 40-60 HP Corsa had 73 bhp (54 kW) and a top speed of 137 km/h (85 mph), and it also won its own category in the Parma-Berceto race.

In 1914 the milanese count Marco Ricotti commissioned to Carrozzeria Castagna the ALFA 40/60 HP Aerodinamica (also known as Siluro Ricotti), a prototype model which could reach 139 km/h (86 mph) top speed. A replica of that car was created in the 70s, and now it is shown in the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum.

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ALFA 40-60 HP Castagna Aerodinamica, 1914