SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Explodes during Pre-Launch Test this Morning [UPDATED]

A Falcon 9 was set to launch this Saturday to take an AMOS-6 communications satellite into space intended to support a joint effort between Facebook and Eutelsat to provide Internet to 14 African countries. As a standard procedure, SpaceX did their pre-launch test this morning, which was sitting on a launchpad in Cap Canaveral, Florida. According to SpaceX, they were static firing the engines, and an anomaly occurred, causing the explosion. Thankfully, there were no casualties, as it was standard protocol to clear staff from the launchpad area. Here’s the direct statement from their Twitter account: Update on this morning’s

Tesla Makes Offer to Acquire SolarCity

On Monday, Tesla made an offer to buy SolarCity, the solar-power company cofounded by Elon Musk, in hopes to bring together two parts of his larger plan to change how we as humans use energy. Musk, currently CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and a chairman of SolarCity, wants to remodel the idea of transportation using EVs without the dependence on Earth’s fossil fuels. If Earth is to end disastrously, Musk has his backup plan of making the human race multi-planetary. “Tesla customers can drive clean cars and they can use our battery packs to help consume energy more efficiently, but

Elon Musk had a hilarious response when his cousin asked for a Tesla discount

Look, I’ll be honest — if I had Elon Musk as a family member I’d hit him up for a Tesla. So it only makes sense that Lyndon Rive, SolarCity CEO and Musk’s cousin, figured it was worth asking Musk for a discount on a Tesla. (Musk is also chairman of SolarCity.) But when Rive finally got around to asking Musk for the discount, he was met with a pretty funny burn. “I asked, ‘Elon, hey can I have a family discount’ and his answer is, ‘Yeah absolutely. Go to TeslaMotors.com, buy the car online, and the price you see

Elon Musk really believes humans may just exist in some other civilization’s video game

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has spent so much time debating whether or not we exist in some advanced civilization’s video game that he had to vow to stop discussing the topic in hot tubs. The popular hypothesis is that we human beings are unwittingly just the characters in someone else’s computer simulation. “I’ve had so many simulation discussions it’s crazy,” Musk said on stage at Vox Media’s Code Conference Wednesday night. “In fact, it got to the point where basically every conversation was the AI slash simulation conversation and my brother and I finally agreed that we’d ban any such conversations if we’re