As you all liked our previous prediction on how human spaceflight will unfold in the next decades, we've decided to do an updated Mars colonization timeline now, including both the SpaceX Starship orbital prototype development in the near future and Elon Musk's Mars colonization plan in the a bit more distant future.

A Falcon 9 rocket once again successfully delivered SpaceX Cargo Dragon capsule to the ISS within the CRS-19 Commercial Resupply Service mission for NASA.
Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule is now mounted onto a ULA Atlas V rocket for the upcoming uncrewed test flight to the ISS.
We expect SpaceX Crew Dragon launching NASA astronauts to the ISS by mid 2020, after the critical Crew Dragon in-flight abort test takes place within the next few weeks.

The first step for SpaceX Mars roadmap is of course the testing of the Mk3 and Mk4 SpaceX Starship test rocket in the next two years. The Mk4 Starship prototype could already deliver the first cargoes to the Moon in 2021.
By 2022, SpaceX Starship orbital refueling technology should be well developed. Moreover, Starship and Super Heavy production seriously starts to ramp up thanks to the new huge revenues from the Starlink broadband satellite internet service. Two unmanned Starships will be sent towards Mars within the 2022 Mars orbit transfer window and the first Elon Musk Mars landing takes place.
The success of the Dearmoon mission in 2023 convinces NASA to scrap SLS and instead charter SpaceX Starship to bring their astronauts back to the moon in 2024 for their Artemis program.
In the 2024 Mars orbit transfer window, two further unmanned Starship missions are sent to Mars and deliver the first SpaceX Mars transportation infrastructure to the Erebus Montes region, a preferred site for building future Mars bases.
The first SpaceX Mars human mission takes place in the 2026 window, with a new Starship design incorporating artificial gravity and radiation shielding for the astronauts on board.
In late 2030s, regular Starship travel between Mars and Earth is established and the population of Mars colonies grows beyond 10,000 people.

We discuss whether the recent closing of the Cocoa Starship building site and the Mk1 Starship test failure have an negative impact on SpaceX Starship takeoff schedule. Besides, we explore whether NASA's new human spaceflight head will lead to more NASA and SpaceX collaboration.

All SpaceX Starship Florida building activities are being moved to SpaceX Starship Boca Chica facility after the partial explosion of SpaceX Starship test rocket Mk1.
SpaceX apparently wants to speed up the building process of Starship Mk3, the first SpaceX Starship orbital prototype, by joining the forces of Boca China and Cocoa. Hence we believe the SpaceX Starship test flight date in 2020 won't suffer further huge delays.

Douglas Loverro has just been sworn in as NASA's new associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.
Jim Bridenstine estimates the launch costs of SLS to be lower than 2 billion USD and denies that there is a competition going on between SLS and commercial rocket launch systems.
Although we really appreciate Loverro's optimism on NASA landing astronauts on the Moon in 2024, we have to rant about him talking about SpaceX Starship and Blue Origin New Glenn as if these two were on the same level.
Anyway, it appears that NASA is more and more opening up for incorporating commercial rockets into their Artemis program. If SpaceX would succeed with their planned cargo Starship moon landing in 2021 and unmanned Starship moon round trip in 2022, there is a good chance that NASA will scrap SLS and instead charter SpaceX Starship to bring their astronauts back to the moon in 2024.

Tesla has requested its suppliers to start to produce Model Y parts asap, hence we believe the Tesla Model Y production start will take place already by mid 2020! Besides the new Tesla Model Y production date, we also have some good news on the Tesla Model 3 charging speed and Tesla battery technology improvements.

The Tesla Model Y production update suggests that we can expect the first Model Y deliveries already in late 2020. Thanks to the very competitive Tesla Model Y price and the huge crossover SUV market segment, we believe the Model Y will become Tesla's new cash cow after their current success with the Model 3.
Since Tesla is now adding Model Y, Cybertruck, the second-generation Tesla Roadster and the Tesla Semi to their production schedule, we believe they have overcome the Tesla battery production capacity problem with Panasonic. We'll certainly learn more about Tesla Maxwell Battery breakthroughs on Tesla'S Battery and Powertrain Investor Day in early 2020.

Even though BMW is mocking the glass test fail on Tesla's cybertruck presentation, the cybertruck has already got over 250,000 preorders. On the other hand, Audi and BMW have to cut back thousands of jobs in Germany as they slept on the advancement of electric cars. We really hope Tesla will soon start to build the Gigafactory 4 in Berlin, such that the people here don't have to worry about losing their jobs.

A California-based electric car start-up, Neuron EV, just unveiled their upcoming T.One pickup truck and the TORQ semi.
The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (SR+) can now charge at a speed of up to 170 kW and the Model 3 Mid-Range (MR) at a speed of up to 200 kW.

The company Nanoracks has booked a spot in SpaceX rideshare program for their Space Habitat Demo mission, where they will try to build a small space station from used rockets! On the other hand, China is busy preparing their most powerful rocket, the Long March 5, for the Chinese Mars mission.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is being tested for the upcoming SpaceX ISS launch: the CRS-19 cargo resupply mission.
The SmallSat Rideshare Program offers free payload capacity in SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to small satellite operators. Nanoracks is sending eight cubesats and a space habitat construction experiment within a 2020 SpaceX rideshare opportunity to test the technology of building small space stations from space debris.
Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule has been attached to the Atlas V rocket for an upcoming uncrewed test flight. We expect SpaceX Crew Dragon to launch astronauts to the ISS by mid 2020 and Boeing by late 2020. Hopefully we'll see more NASA and SpaceX collaboration in the future, especially after SpaceX manned capsule launching for NASA and SpaceX Starship landing on the moon before the SLS.

China is testing their Long March 5 rocket for the upcoming Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission. The same China Long March rocket is scheduled to launch China's first Mars lander in 2020, and even China's first manned mission to the moon afterwards. Besides, China is planning to build lunar bases and mine lunar resources e.g. 3 Helium-3 for fusion reactors.

NASA's Ames Research Center released a new animation showing the cloud evolution on Mars over a full day night cycle. It will be highly interesting to see what NASA Mars 2020 rover will find on this fascinating red planet.
The National Academy of Sciences found evidence for ribose sugar in extraterrestrial meteorites, which is in our opinion a clear proof for the abundance of life in the universe.

We firmly believe Elon developed the Tesla Cybertruck with the long-term goal of utilizing it as a Moon or Mars Rover! And we don't think SpaceX's recent Mk1 Starship test fail will push back Elon Musk Mars plan timeline so much.

We have 2 main reasons why Elon Musk Cybertruck is the perfect Mars rover: first the Cybertruck can be pressurized, which is essential for the thin atmosphere on Mars or the vacuum on the Moon. Second, the strong steel shell of the Cybertruck will protect us from micrometeorite impacts on the Moon and on Mars.
We believe all Elon Musk's companies have the common goal of advancing humanity into space: Starship landing on Mars with Cybertruck Mars rovers, Boring Machines digging underground Moon and Mars bases, Starlink working as an interplanetary communications network and many more examples!

The upper tank dome of the Mk1 SpaceX Starship test rocket flew into the air in a cryogenic pressure test at Boca Chica, which resulted in the termination of this prototype of Elon Musk Mars rocket.
SpaceX is moving fast from the Mk1 anomaly to building the Mk3 Starship prototype, the first true SpaceX Starship orbital prototype which will not only perform a 20 km hopping test, but also fly into space and orbit the earth.
We have a Cybertruck and Sci-fi movie inspired timeline for future Starship Moon base, Elon Musk Mars mission and how humanity will finally become a multi-planetary civilization.

Boeing released an official statement on being overpaid by NASA for building the SLS (Space Launch System): they claim to be completely innocent & no corruption had happened.

As Blade Runner fans, we admit that we might have a slightly biased opinion on the exterior of the Tesla Cybertruck ;) But when you really break down all the specs and features of the Tesla new pickup, you will see why it's far more superior than all other upcoming electric pickup trucks!

Our Tesla Cybertruck review begins with an extensive examination of its Blade Runner style cyberpunk exterior design.
The starting price of $39.9k for all the amazing Tesla Cybertruck features just exceeded everyone's expectation. Moreover, a price of $69.9k for the triple motor version of the Tesla new Cybertruck with a range of 500 miles and an acceleration of under 2.9 s to 60 mph is more than reasonable. The bulletproof exoskeleton and the high Tesla pickup truck towing capacity are also unique Tesla features as compared to Rivian or Ford.
The Tesla pickup truck interior has a similar minimalist design to the Model 3, so there is a lot of room for modding the Cybertruck.
We believe Tesla will be able to deliver the first Cybertrucks in 2021. So 2021 might become the year of electric pickup trucks, since the Rivian R1T and an all electric version of the Ford F-150 are supposed to be launched in this year as well. Although the more traditional look of the Ford and the Rivian pickup might be more appealing to many people, but Tesla has the unique advantages of the supercharger network, the greatest range and highest acceleration thanks to the Tesla new battery technology, the Tesla pickup truck self driving feature and of course the unexpected low price.

Faraday Future just revealed the quite futuristic interior design of their FF 91 on the LA Auto Show.
The Chinese EV company Byton just received permit to sell their cars in California, and if you buy a Byton M-Byte, you will have free access to the Electrify America charging network for 2 years.

Tesla Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China is now officially completed, and the first Chinese built Model 3s are already available in all Tesla stores for test driving. Tesla attempts to deliver the first Chinese built Model 3s as early as January 2020.
Elon Musk announced the Tesla Gigafactory 4 to be built near Berlin, Germany. So we will finally be living in a country with a Tesla gigafactory and can always give you first-hand factory updates!

An official government report just confirmed NASA's corrupt practice in awarding commercial contracts. In our SpaceX vs Boeing rant we explain in detail how SpaceX has been achieving far more with less budget provided by NASA. Of course, updates on SpaceX Starlink network and SpaceX Starship development can't be missing in this week's space news.

As we know, SpaceX and Boeing both received contracts from NASA within the commercial crew program. Whereas Crew Dragon, SpaceX manned capsule for sending astronauts to the ISS once again from American soil, is almost ready to launch, Boeing's CST-100 Starliner is still far away from fly-ready. Besides, a seat in SpaceX's crew dragon capsule would only cost 55 million USD as compared to the 90 million USD price from Boeing.
However, an official report just revealed that Boeing actually received almost double the amount of money for the same project from NASA! Of course we would like to see more and more NASA and SpaceX collaboration, but such an insane level of unfairness and corruption in the spaceflight industry can't just be tolerated.

SpaceX's latest Starlink satellites launch with a Falcon 9 rocket was a full success. And we can't explain often enough why Starlink is such an important project and why SpaceX is making Starlink: the huge revenues generated by the Starlink high speed internet will fully finance SpaceX Starship / Super Heavy development and eventually enable us to fly to Mars and beyond.

The MK1 Starship prototype at SpaceX Starship build site in Boca Chica could perform its first 20 km test flight as early as next month, where we could also expect Elon Musk's famous skydiver SpaceX starship landing maneuver to be performed. Over in Florida, the Starship launch mount at the Kennedy Space Center is progressing nicely as well.

The seasonal fluctuations of the methane and oxygen level, detected by NASA's Curiosity rover, increase the possibility of active Martian life form.

We accurately predicted the rise of the Tesla stock already half a year ago! Back then the stock price was artificially kept at an insanely low level by different FUD stories and Tesla media bias, i.a. sponsored by big oil and large hedge funds.

An epic Tesla short squeeze has resulted in huge losses for the Tesla short sellers. Tesla fake news and main stream media like CNBC's bias against Tesla can't keep the stock price undervalued anymore and we believe Tesla stock will double soon as compared to half a year ago. Tesla stock fair value should be well above 400 USD.

Our optimistic Tesla stock price prediction is also based on the imminent Tesla Gigafactory 3 production start. Moreover, Tesla is supposed to be closing a deal with the Chinese battery manufacture CATL, such that they can produce the Model 3 at an even lower price in China while increasing their Model 3 production amount at the same time.

The Walmart Tesla solar roof fire story has come to an end, as Walmart just voluntarily ended the lawsuit with Tesla. Hence the allegations against Tesla were probably exaggerated from the beginning and this is another classic example of CNBC bias Tesla in order to drag down the Tesla stock price.

Elon Musk's Tesla pickup truck teaser lets us speculate on a true Blade Runner style cyberpunk design of the upcoming Tesla pickup! Besides a futuristic design, we expect the Tesla pickup to have some quite spectacular technical specs as well, which will totally put all gasoline pickup trucks into shame.

We're so glad to be back in our home studio and record the most amazing updates on spaceflight again! From SpaceX's Starship prototype progress to the latest Starlink satellite launch, from NASA's commercial moon landers to our new insight in their Lunar Gateway, stay tuned for the return of the space couple ;)

New Starship fins / canards / flaps are being installed onto SpaceX Starship orbital prototype MK1 in Boca Chica, Texas. With luck we could already witness the first Starship prototype flight still this year.
Elon Musk Starship test rocket in Cocoa hasn't been transported to Kennedy Space Center yet, but more and more Super Heavy building parts are already being gathered there.
A large steel structure, a so-called launch mount, is being installed at Launch Pad 39A at the KSC, in order to support the upcoming Starship prototype launch as well as all SpaceX's future Starship and Super Heavy test flights at the east coast.

Besides SpaceX Starship update highlights, we also have to talk about SpaceX's Starlink project, where the latest Starlink satellite launch just happened today with a Falcon 9 rocket. Already one year ago, the US Air Force gave a contract to SpaceX for their SpaceX Starlink Internet network. Now the technology of sending low-latency broadband internet directly into the cockpits of military aircrafts is being tested a program called Global Lightning.

In response to NASA's call for a commercial lunar lander solution, Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Draper and Northrop Grumman have formed an alliance to develop a moon lander for the 2024 Artemis manned mission. On the other hand, Boeing also came up with two different moon lander designs. However, all these proposals have one BIG common problem: neither does any of these companies possess a launch vehicle for their lunar module, nor does the current status of the SLS (Space Launch System) look like it would be finished in time for the 2024 moon landing.

We had the new thought that NASA's planned Lunar Gateway might not be a bad idea or superfluous at all, as a versatile space-station that can actually be re-purposed could come in handy in view of the constantly changing US politics. The Lunar Gateway could not only serve in the near future as a base for lunar exploration, but also be re-purposed as a Mars transit vehicle later on.

It's time to talk again about our favorite space competition, SLS vs SpaceX ! It looks more and more likely that SpaceX is winning, even more now, since now a 2 billion USD prize for the first private company to land people on the moon, is being considered. And we also talk about a new brilliant plan from Robert Zubrin called Mars Direct 2.0, and then also about Venus, our other favorite planet.

In the never ending race SLS vs SpaceX Super heavy and starship, the victor is getting more and more clear. First of all, in a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on Sept. 18th, serious doubts were raised on the achievability of the 2024 date for landing american astronauts back on the moon with NASA's Artemis program. Ken Bowersox, NASA's acting associate administrator for human exploration and operations was actually quite blunt in saying that the 2024 target is unrealistic.
So the race SLS vs starship is no race at all, because apparently NASA has lost before it is starting.

On the other hand, Newt Gingrich recently proposed a 2 billion USD prize for the first private space company that would first land astronauts on the moon. Elon was quick to respond on Twitter, stating that "this is a great idea". We certainly think the probability is very high that Starship will be the vehicle to land on the moon in 2024, and not a NASA lander from Boeing, Lockheed, or Northrop Grumman. And neither Blue Origin does have the capability to land their Blue Moon lander by 2024, as we explain.
So the only one really capable of landing on the moon in 2024 is SpaceX, with Elon certainly eyeing that possible 2 billion USD prize. This could force NASA to make a SpaceX NASA contract for ferrying NASA astronauts to the moon in starship, and abandon the SLS altogether, SpaceX Starship vs SLS debate once and for all.

Then we also briefly talk about new research from our other favorite planet in the solar system, Venus, which gets far too less recognition these days. A new paper shows that Venus could have supported Oceans and a moderate climate for billions of years, until only 700 million years ago, something went terribly wrong.

And then we finally want to analyze Robert Zubrin's fascinating new plan called Mars Direct 2.0, in which he proposes two new alternative plans, involing the use of a giant fleet of mini starships, which would only have 1/4 the size of a regular starship, being in constant rotation between earth and mars. He also talks about the NASA SLS vs SpaceX Falcon Heavy, detailing a mars semi direct plan, which would only involve the Falcon Heavy.

His rotation plan would involve SpaceX orbital refueling, of the mini starships, which would actually never land on earth, only on mars. However, we have to say that there are some issues with this plan, for example the SpaceX starship gravity problem, which the mini starships could not solve so easily as the bigger starships. Then they also have less volume, and being smaller, would have less space for additional insulation against cosmic rays. How SpaceX will colonize mars, will ultimately probably be decided by the reality of economics and which approach will be more profitable and safe in the long run.

In this video we want to talk about the Elon Musk Starship Test in Boca Chica and at the Kennedy Space Center. We also want to talk about the Crew Dragon progress, then also about the New Glenn, Blue Origins's rocket, and about interesting new developments on the moon.

So everyone is eagerly waiting for the Elon Musk starship test rocket to laucnh from Launchpad 39A in Kennedy Space Center, or from Boca Chica spaceport, Texas. Who will be first? Well, we want to analyze the progress being made with Starship, and see that one of the Elon Musk Starship prototype in Boca Chica, now already has fins installed, and resembles a scene from a Tatooine droid junkyard, as if taken at Wattos workshop from Episode 1. We find that the earliest launch date for the Mk1 prototype in Boca Chica, is the 13th of October. However, delays are very likely. In Florida on the other hand, the Mk2 prototype first has to be transported to Launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, which will happen soon. Meanwhile, preparations are underway to prepare Launchpad 39A for the upcoming launches of the Starship test flight rocket. It will first only consist of Starship launches alone, but then later for the orbital flights, starship and super heavy. For that SpaceX will need to modify the launch pad, so that super heavy won't damage the concrete foundation. We certainly will learn more on the Elon Musk starship presentation wich will take place on the coming Saturday, the 28th of September.

But then afterwards we certainly will see the that the spacex starship prototype lifts off.

Meanwhile, Blue Origin is also busy at Launchpad 36, not far from the SpaceX facilities at the Kennedy Space Center. But why are we not so enthusiastic about Blur Origin as we are for SpaceX? We explain in detail why.

Meanwhile on the moon, the chinese rover Yutu-2 discovers a strange gel-like substance, which spurs quite a few outlandish theories, as always. However, Clive Neal from the University of Notre Dame is comparing this to a finding which has been discovered by Harrison Schmitt while on the Apollo 17 mission at Taurus Littrow valley back in 1972. There, a very similar mineral composition was found, which is created by intense heat through meteorite impacts.

Also related to the moon, is a highly interesting statement by the russian space agency Roscosmis, released on the 17th of September, announcing a collaboration between the russian and the chinese space agencies, for future moon exploration. A highly interesting development, which might have some political consequences for future moon exploration and future moon bases. Considering that SpaceX Starship plans to land on the moon in 2021, it is really not unlikely that one day we'll have two moon bases clusters, one western power dominated, and one dominated by the eastern powers.

As always, we want to talk about the progress of the Spacex Starship Mk1 prototype in Boca Chica, but also a bit about the plans for the Boca Chica Space port. Then we also want to talk about the mars landing sites, the plans for a moon space elevator, and the NASA Artemis moon landing.

Before talking about starship, we'd first like to go a bit more into detail regarding the potential landing sites of future Starship missions on Mars. We find that many of the proposed landing sites are in a region known as Erebus Montes, right between Arcadia Planitia, and Amazonis Planitia. Besides the advantages mentioned in our last space video, this region would offer even more advantages, which we would like to discuss in detail.

On the topic of the moon, we got the news that Yuzaku Maezawa sold most of his company to free up time so that he will have more time to train for the 2023 dearmoon mission, a roundtrip around the moon with Starship.

On the topic of Starship, the SpaceX Starship prototypes are both nearing completion, with the Mk1 soon ready to get the nose cone installed. Fortunately, the SpaceX starship mk2 survived Dorian undamaged, because they put the SpaceX starship inside a wind-shelter, among other reasons, as a precautionary measure to protect the prototype from high winds. When finished, the SpaceX starship scale will be incredible, standing 55meters tall.
We also want to briefly talk about the three phases of Boca Chica spaceport, which will see a flight to an altitude of 20km in the near future, maybe with luck as early as October (Elon time). We have no further news of Elon's SpaceX starship presentation 2019, but we are sure that the SpaceX Starship specs will be absolutely incredible, once the prototypes are finished and ready to demonstrate the spacex starship thrust of the extremely powerful raptor engines.

We also want to talk a bit more about the Artemis moon program. NASA is currently investigating the possibility of using Bigelow Aerospace inflatable modules as the key modules for the lunar gateway station. We hope to see this happen, as we think that inflatable habitats make a lot of sense.

Then we also want to see what the current status of NASA's SLS rocket is, and if they will be able to make it in time for the planned Artemis 1 launch in mid 2020. But we still suspect that we will see a SpaceX Starship moon landing before the Artemis 3 moon landing in 2024. This might result in quite an embarrassment for NASA, should they land later on the moon than SpaceX. We included this in a little animated joke, also visualizing the insane SpaceX starship size comparison to the tiny little NASA lunar lander.

And lastly, we also want to talk about a highly interesting concept, recently formulated in a paper, namely the concept of a moon elevator. We think this idea is brilliant, as it would allow to transport crew and cargo to and from the moon very cheaply, and free up all the starships to fully concentrate on Mars.

So the production version of the Porsche Taycan has been released and of course we want to see a Tesla Vs Porsche Taycan battle, it just has to be. Now of course we compare different metrics and want to find out if this now is the long awaited Tesla killer. We then also want to talk about the Tesla solar roof fires, the Tesla insurance, and the Model 3 shattering sales records in the UK.

So now that finally the production version of the Porsche Taycan and specs have been released, we of course immediately want to find out how this car fares against the competition from Tesla. We of course look at the Porsche Taycan 0-60 time, and do a Tesla Model S vs Porsche Taycan comparison. We are amazed to find that the Porsche Taycan specs vs tesla are actually not so bad, this is indeed the first time that a non-Tesla comes close to the acceleration of a Model S Performance. Of course still below, but really close. The range however is quite a lot less than the Model S, even in a Tesla Model 3 vs Porsche Taycan comparison, the Taycan would lose here. However, it has a faster charging with 270kW than Tesla currently. So is it then the Tesla Killer? We think not. Because the price is just extremely high, at least 50% more than a Model S Performance, and in the higher Turbo S version, even 85% more! And it doesn't have the supercharger network or autopilot. Nonetheless however, the Taycan is a great car, that will certainly find many buyers, and will accelerate the death of gasoline sports cars. So we absolutely welcome the Taycan and are happy that Porsche made this car!

Then, a Model S Performance is under way to the Nurburg Ring in Germany, to beat the Porsche Taycan Nurburgring time. It of course is not nice that a non Tesla car should be allowed to be faster than a Tesla. Therefore the Model S will try to beat the Taycan's lap record this week.

In other news, the Tesla insurance program has started to roll out in California, and it is 20-30% cheaper than comparable car insurances, saving the customer hundreds of dollars per year. Combine that with the much lower accident rate of Teslas, and one can imagine how much money Tesla will earn with the newly opened insurance business. Certainly much to the dismay of other car insurers!

Then of course we also have to talk about the Tesla solar panels fire currently being reported about by many news outlets. Is it FUD again? Is it really that bad? Well this time, it is not so easy to entirely dismiss it as FUD. It could indeed be that Tesla hasn't been thorough enough to check the older solar city installations, and replace older parts to meet the newest industry standards. However, we think that while not being FUD level, the story is certainly blown out of proportion. The US Fire Administration's statistics show that 8000 fires are caused on average per year in the US because of electric short-circuits, so about 1 per hour !!! Considering also that Tesla runs 400000 solar installations, 1-2 fires per year certainly doesn't seem extremely bad. It seems to be a classic case of Tesla media bias again. But to be fair, we have to say that this time, Tesla could also be at fault to some extent. To what extent exactly will have to be seen in the coming weeks, when more info comes rolling in.

And then we also want to talk about the amazing Tesla Model 3 sales in the UK, where the car has managed to surpass most of the gasoline car competition, and has even made it to the Nr.3 best selling car in August. Certainly an amazing achievement and but a taste of the coming giant EV revolution, where EVs will completely replace gasoline car in the next 10-20 years.

We want to talk about the landing site of the first Starship Mars Mission and also discuss the reasoning behind the interesting choice of Arcadia Planitia as one of the first sites for the starship mars landing. Then we of course also want to talk about the close encounter between a starlink satellite and an ESA Aeolus satellite, the unfortunately failed India moon mission Chandrayaan-2, about the Florida Starship prototype surviving Hurricane Dorian, and about Dr.Robert Zubrins ingenious moon direct plan for establishing a moonbase soon and cheaply.

We first start by being happy that SpaceX's starship prototype currently under assembly in Cocoa, Florida, was fortunately not harmed by Hurricane Dorian. Unfortunately, we cannot really celebrate, since this came at the cost of the Bahamas suffering severe destruction by Dorian. We therefore decided to donate to the Hurricane Dorian Relief fund, link below. Since the SpaceX starship prototype has not been damaged, the SpaceX mars mission can continue and Elon Musk Starship presentation will also not be altered, the date remains the 28th of September. Current plans for the Starship prototype launch indicate October, which we find quite optimistic, we think Nobvember might be more likely. We hope to be lucky because we will be in Florida in early November and get the chance to see the prototype lift off from afar.

In other news, an encounter between an ESA Aelous Satellite and a Starlink satellite has been fortunately resolved, the cause for this situation having been a software bug. Hopefully it has been fixed in order to avoid such situations in the future.

Now talking again about Starship mars SpaceX, we have the very interesting news that a first potential landing site is now favored among the other possible landing sites: Arcadia Planitia. We explain which conditions a landing site on Mars has to fulfill in order to be a viable spot for the landing of Starship, and in order to establish a future mars colony there.

Then we also want to briefly discuss the Indian moon mission Chandrayaan-2. It of course saddens us that contact to the lander has been lost, however, we still want to congratulate India and are sure that the next mission to the moon will be a success.

Lastly, we want to talk about a way to build a moonbase for only 2-3 billion USD, as detailed by the Open Lunar Foundation. Dr.Robert Zubrin has a detailed plan, as how to make that happen, using only existing hardware in form of SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. We discuss this ingenious plan in detail.

In this episode, we want to talk about the Tesla Gigafactory Europe, which is now closing in on its target location, rumored to be lower Saxony in Germany. We then also want to talk about the return of the Aptera 2e, a mining truck that never has to be charged, and the bad Tesla customer stories and service problems.

So it now seems that a location for the Tesla factory expansion is coming, and the target location now seems to be lower Saxony in northern Germany. A Tesla factory Germany would create up to 2000 jobs in that region, which could prove quite beneficial for the German economy, since the ICE car makers are struggling and will have to even cut back a lot of jobs. We speculate about a future Germany in the year 2030 where lots of people will work for CATL in Erfurt and the Tesla factory in Europe, instead of their old employers at Dailmer, VW, BMW, and others.

In China on the other hand, first trial production runs of the Model 3 have begun in Gigafactory 3, with an estimated 3000 Model 3s being produced there by the end of the year. However, due to a weakening yuan and the the Tesla trade war china, Tesla will have to raise prices for their cars. Fortunately, Tesla has been exempt from the 10% Sales tax in China, effective immediately, which certainly will help to counterbalance the other developments.

We then proceed to talk about an electric mining truck from Kuhn, currently in operation for the eMining AG in Switzerland. This truck is interesting, because it basically almost never has to be charged, and we explain why.

Then, Aptera returns from the dead with their amazing Aptera 2e, which has an incredibly low drag coefficient, and is said to have a range of up to 1000 miles.

And then we want to talk about the Tesla model 3 service problems and Tesla model 3 service issues which currently plague customers. The german car rental company Nextmove wanted to order 100 Model 3s, but apparently the deal was cancelled by Tesla, after Nextmove raised some concerns regarding the quality of the first 15 delivered vehicles. We then of course also want to talk about our Tesla Model 3 performance, and why despite some issues that we also have, we'll still always continue to support Tesla, no matter what.

So now that Starhopper has fulfilled its mission, we focus on the Spacex Florida Starship, which will soon be transported to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) according to newly filed permits by SpaceX. Then of course we also want to talk about the next generation starship 2.0, and also about the completion of the James Webb space telescope (JWST).

We first would like to recapitulate the successful 150m SpaceX untethered hop test of SpaceX's Starhopper vehicle last week. Now that it has fulfilled its mission, the focus will be entirely shifted to the SpaceX starship mk1 and mk2 prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas, and Cocoa Florida. In Cocoa, we can even already see parts for the Starship and Super Heavy Booster lying around. Newly filed permits reveal that already in September, SpaceX will transport the starship orbital prototype from Cocoa to the KSC, where it will do its fits suborbital test flight in October, Elon time. So we adjust it to a more likely November launch date. When the starship prototype lifts off, it will reach an altitude of 20km, certainly a magnificent sight compared to the Starhopper's 150m.
The Elon Musk starship presentation is now scheduled for the 28th of September, so not long before the test flights will begin.
Then we of course want to talk in detail about Elon's mentioning of Starship 2.0, the next gen starship successor with a diameter of 18m. The height is not yet specified, but if it would also be twice as tall as the current Starship, it would offer 8x the volume of the current gen starship, so around 8000 cubic meters! That is almost 9x the interior volume of the entire ISS, and 4x the interior volume of the huge planned Bigelow BA2100 inflatable habitat module. It could offer space for about 120 raptor engines, creating ginormous thrust, multiplying the launch capacity of the current gen starship. But of course we want to still remain focused on the current gen Starship 1.0, because it is already insane enough and so far ahead of the competition, as we show in a SpaceX starship comparison. SpaceX Starship vs SLS? Superior in every way. Versus the upcoming Vulcan from ULA? Lol, don't make us laugh. Versus the upcoming New Glenn from Blue Origin? Though better than Vulcan, it is still far weaker than Starship and Super Heavy!
And then we of course want to talk about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the giant successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, which will have a mirror and sensitivity high enough to detect biomarker gases in exoplanet atmospheres, lightyears away from earth. It will use spectroscopy in order to measure the light that passes from the parent star, through the atmosphere of the exoplanet, when the exoplanet passes in front of the star (light transit method). It might even enable the detection of so-called techno signatures, meaning gases that can only be of technological origin, emitted by potential alien civilizations.

In this video we want to think about how to make mars a habitable planet. Without some crucial upgrades to the current colonization ideas, we deem mars colonization impossible. We show ways to overcome the detrimental effects of low gravity and cosmic radiation, and therefore how to make mars habitable for humans.

First of all we'd of course like to congratulate SpaceX on the amazing achievement of the first Starhopper 150 m high Starhopper test hop, this is a day for the history books! This will actually enable our future on mars. But before thinking about that, some severe problems have to be overcome. Now after showing last week that terraforming mars with nukes will not work, we want to take a look at some research papers. Recent studies show that for example a low g environment wreaks havoc on the human body over longer periods of time. Then there is also the very big problem of cosmic radiation. New studies show that on a trip to and from mars, the cosmic radiation would severely impact the cognitive abilities of the astronauts in a very strong and negative way.
And then the problems persist on Mars as well, because the red planet doesn't have a magnetic field, and the gravity is only 38% earth gravity. We therefore want to propose a way of a complete colonization and a mars terraforming timeline, step by step, in order to overcome every single one of these problems.
The starship to mars would need to be modified by tethering together two or more starships and also the starships would need shielding with hydrogenated BNNTs.
Then after arriving on mars, we would construct mars homes underground in martian caves or lavatubes.
After that, we would construct rotational ring habitats as fast as possible, in order to reduce the detrimental effects of low gravity environment on the human body.
We then would move below ground after quite some time and build huge dome structures made of aerogel material. They would warm themselves only by sunrays.
Then we could outfit these domes with the rotational habitats in order to also have 1g in these domes. We then would have sunlight, 1g and nice temperatures in these domes.
Afterwards, we would start terraforming mars with advanced technology not yet available today, in order to access the deep hidden martian CO2 reserves, else we'll never get to high enough atmospheric pressure. We'll probably also need genetically engineered CO2 producing, extremely resilient bacteria. After a few hundred years the terraforming process should then be finished. We absolutrely believe that humans on Mars 2030 is absolutely realistic, and 3d printers will probably also see heavy utilization to first create an underground martian cave 3d printer mars colony. And it all began today with Starhopper. We truly live in amazing times and want to share our enthusiasm with you.

Again the Negative Bias Towards Tesla by the media is in full swing, making news headline out of every single Tesla fire, all the while of course completely ignoring the over 170000 gasoline vehicle fires per year in the US alone. We also talk about the Tesla Semi truck, the desperate EV competition and the Model 3 launch in South Korea.

So it's time again for exposing CNBC's negative bias towards Tesla, because they are the first ones to jump on the Tesla hate bandwagon, every time a Tesla catches fire. Even though according to statistical data, a Tesla is 10x less likely to catch fire than a gasoline car, and a gasoline car is burning on average more than every minute somewhere on this planet, news media are only interested in reporting on Tesla car accident. We see it as our duty to show that gasoline car fires are much more common and more dangerous, exposing the Tesla CNBC bias and destroying Tesla fake news wherever we can. Tesla haters of course would't like that, and would prefer the FUD against Tesla, which is mainly sponsored by big oil and legacy automakers.

A Tesla Semi spotted by the CHP (California Highway Patrol) could be seen up close by them, the driver of the truck confirming that the Tesla Semi might even have a higher range than the 500 mile number. In order to be able to hold the Tesla Semi release date by the end of 2020, Tesla battery cell production needs to increase, through means of Tesla getting into the battery resource mining business.

Then we take a look over to the competition, namely the Audi e-Tron, but especially the Jaguar I-PACE. Because Tesla ahead of competition, Jaguar went really aggressive with their pricing, and introduced a Tesla conquest rebate, to potentially lure customers away from Tesla.

Tesla is finally launching Model 3 into the South Korean market, with long lines of people waiting to see the car for the first time. We are sure that Tesla launching here will mean a nice profit increase.

Lastly, we made a bold statement, based on the logistics S-curve growth of new technologies, about the electric car market penetration by 2040.

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Our previous video exposing why CNBC hates Tesla stock & Elon Musk:

We were quite amazed that a few 🚄Hyperloop projects are ACTUALLY PROGRESSING forward. So we decided to make a fun video reporting all the ONGOING LOOPS, as well as digging a bit into the history of pneumatic tube transport. Enjoy!

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On the logistics S curve growth of new technologies:

Or a much more detailed scientific paper:

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SpaceX's Starhopper flight planned to go as high as 200 m is being delayed by the FAA, SpaceX's suborbital flights with the Starship prototypes could happen as early as September (Elon-time adjusted), and SpaceX has revealed the upcoming launches of the Starlink satellites until mid 2020.

With Starhopper flight successful at 20 m height a few weeks ago, the next SpaceX Starhopper flight test is planned to go as high as 200 m. Unfortunately the Starhopper second test is stalled because the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approval is still missing. We of course have our own theory on why this approval is taking so long, so put on your tinfoil hats. However we are sure that the Starhopper prototype will soon fly 200 m high, at the latest in September.

Meanwhile, the Starship flight test of the Starship orbital prototype is nearing. Elon indicated in a tweet that it could take place as early as on the 24th of August, just in time for his Spacex Starship presentation. SpaceX's massive Starship prototype is being assembled at the moment, both in Boca Chica Texas and Cocoa Florida. But of course we are talking about Elon-time here, so we came up with a fun conversion from Elon-time to regular time, as an homage to the Lorentz time dilation transform of Einstein's special relativity. It is of course purely fun, but we estimate that the SpaceX orbital Starship will not take off before mid September.

Then we have the next SpaceX launch dates with Falcon 9 of 60 Starlink satellites each, being the 17th of October and the 4th of November. We are amazed to find that 7 more launches are planned in the first half of 2020, so 9 launches until mid 2020. Falcon 9 Starlink deployment must however be further refined, because the loss ratio is still too high. We then reflect on why Starlink is such a genius move of Elon, and how Starlink's lower latency time, will make it superior to submarine sea cables. We speculate that Wall Street will certainly pay a nice premium to use Starlink in order to have an edge over other traders, with their high-frequency algo bots.

NASA has been working on their SLS already for 10 years, but the progress is so slow that we doubt NASA could land humans on the Moon by 2024 within their Artemis program.

Looking over to China, we find that the Chang'e 4 mission is still ongoing, and that the small rover Yutu-2 is still cruising on the far side of the moon, taking interesting pictures and performing science experiments.
We also take a look at a China private rocket company called Linkspace, which just recently did a 300 m high hopping test of their own. This is certainly an interesting new space race of reusable rockets.

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Our latest Starship & Starhopper update:

We analysed Elon Musk Mars colony plan & explained how first landing on the Moon (either in collaboration with NASA or by themselves) fits into this:

We explain why we feel more sad than happy on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11:

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Starlink Homepage:

SpaceX's Mars Homepage:

Worldwide submarine sea cable map:

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The mainstream media seem to have been too long too positive on Tesla, now its's time for some good old FUD again! Why CNBC hates Tesla stock & Elon Musk so much you ask? Well, in this episode we go deep behind the latest Tesla fake news, as well as bring you the most import REAL stuff happening in the world of electric cars.

CNBC reported that Tesla was accused by the US National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) of falsifying Model 3 safety claims, which actually took place almost one year ago. CNBC's negative bias towards Tesla becomes obvious, as there is no mention of Tesla's response letter on Tesla Model 3 crash compilation and NHTSA's withdrawal of their allegation in the news report. Tesla detailed that the 5-star safety rating to Tesla Model 3 was actually based on NHTSA's own crash test data,
This whole bias against Tesla is actually initiated by a so-called transparency group named PlainSite, whose affiliates might hold short investments in Tesla according to their own disclosure. Similar to Jim Chanos and other famous Tesla shorters, this new Tesla FUD story and CNBC Tesla bias could just be initiated by PlainSite affiliates to keep Tesla stock undervalued.

The Chinese electric car startup "Human Horizons" unveiled their first electric SUV HiPhi 1, which looks like a mixture of Faraday Future FF91 and Tesla Model X. Moreover, HiPhi 1 is claimed to have some Tesla sounding specs with regard to its range and acceleration capability.

Jay Leno reiterated his praise for electric cars and especially Tesla as a pioneer in this filed. We totally share his opinion that gas cars are outdated in every way compared to EVs.

Along with the insanely fast Gigafactory 3 progress, the Chinese Gigafactory 3 has been officially added to the Shanghai free trade zone, which could have a positive impact on the upcoming Chinese Model 3s despite the trade war between the US and China.

A new Tesla patent application (US20190217794) shows a Tesla wiring diagram to reduce the length of cable wires in all Tesla models from 1.5 to 3 km length, down to only 100 meters. That would greatly reduce manufacturing costs and therefore increase the profit margin of every produced car, therefore increasing Tesla's profitability.

The Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York is certainly less known, and produces solar roof tiles as part of Tesla energy solar project. Elon Musk recently tweeted that production of solar roofs is going to be ramped up significantly in order to reach 1000 roofs per week by the end of the year 2019.

The new Tesla megapack battery was unveiled, a giant battery pack exactly as the Tesla Megapack Australia with a battery storage capacity of 30 MWh, or 30x that of a maximum range Model S.

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Our previous video exposing CNBC's negative bias towards Tesla:

Our previous video successfully predicted Tesla Stock rebound

Our last EV news:

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Tesla wire cable patent application (US20190217794):

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We're amazed by the fast progress of the two SpaceX orbital Starship prototypes in Boca Chica and Cocoa. Moreover, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully sent the heavy AMOS-17 satellite into its orbit. But why didn't a Falcon 9 reentry happen, despite the rocket 1st stage being reusable? Last but not least, the secret X-37B military space plane and the LightSail 2 solar sail spacecraft can't be missing in this week's spaceflight news!

While we're eagerly awaiting the second Starhopper untethered hop of as high as 200 m, SpaceX Starship orbital prototype at SpaceX Texas facility is nearing its final assembly stage. According to Elon, the very first orbital Starship flight test could take place as early as by the end of August, after at least three raptor engines being installed onto Elon Musk Starship test rocket.

Why didn't the Falcon 9 first stage return to the launch site after separating from the second stage during the latest AMOS-17 mission? We give you our explanation in the video, and of course we'd like to hear your opinion in the comments as well :) But at least, the Falcon 9 fairing recovery from the Falcon 9 reusable second stage was a success.

NASA just released a 250 page technical assessment of SpaceX Super Heavy booster and Starship vehicle. The historic Apollo Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) will get new structures and upgrades, in order to support the planned Starship / Super Heavy launch frequency of as high as 24 times per year. "Starship / SuperHeavy will enable delivery of cargo and people to the Moon and Mars". Similar versions of this sentence appear multiple times in NASA's assessment for the SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle. Is NASA finally accepting the fact that their own SLS (Space Launch System) can't compete with SpaceX's reusable rockets in any way? If SpaceX continue their incredibly fast Starship and Raptor engine progress, we could indeed see Elon Musk Starship rocket flying for the Artemis Moon 2024 mission.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a new space command within the French Air Force.

The X-37B orbital test vehicle from the US Air Force has been in orbit for already 700 days. Since it's a classified mission, everyone is speculating about the real purpose behind this secret space plane.

The new SpaceX prototype suit, as well as the next gen space suit system from Collins Aerospace in collaboration with ILC Dover for future Moon and Mars missions, show significant improvements compared to NASA's current space suits.

LightSail 2 was launched more than one month ago by a SpaceX Falcon Heavy. Now the recent LightSail 2 sail deployment was a success, and the purpose of this small spacecraft is to demonstrate controlled solar sailing in low Earth orbit.

After the next SpaceX Starhopper flight and the first Starship prototype flight, Elon Musk is supposed to finally give the long overdue presentation about more detailed future plans for Starship / Super Heavy. We'll certainly keep a close eye on this, as well as on NASA's probable slow but already happening transition from building SLS to solely utilizing commercial rocket launch systems for all future Moon and Mars missions.

We analysed Elon Musk Mars colony plan in detail:

Falcon Heavy Launch bringing Lightsail-2 into orbit:

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The 250 page NASA environmental assessment of Starship and Super Heavy:

NASA industry partnerships mentioning SpaceX twice and even Starship by name:

On the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative:

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Elon Musk hinted on Tesla's recent earnings call that a fully operational Tesla Factory Europe is planned for 2021. On the other hand, major German carmakers like BMW, Mercedes, and VW all have at least one full-electric car model to be launched by the same year 2021. Last but not least, the progress of the Chinese Tesla Gigafactory and the best features in the upcoming Tesla V10 update can't be missing in this week's EV news episode ;)

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The outside of Elon Musk Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai looks completely finished, and on the inside various assembly lines for Model 3 are being equipped with Tesla factory robots as well. The new Gigafactory 3 will certainly boost Tesla model 3 sales China even more.
We can expect a Tesla factory expansion to Europe by 2021, and the most favored location for a Tesla Gigafactory Europe at the moment is the French-German border area.
Based on Tesla Q2 delivery report, Tesla has tripled their car sales in Europe in the first half of 2019, compared to the same time period in 2018 despite a slowing car market. The Model 3 is currently by far the best selling EV in Europe, hence a Tesla factory in Europe is indeed overdue.
Being able to watch YouTube and Netflix on Tesla screen are certainly the coolest feature in the upcoming Tesla updates. Other promising upcoming Tesla features include Smart Summon and improved autopilot behavior.

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Spy shots of the Mercedes EQS, a large Sedan in their all-electric EQ car series, indicate an elegant design and a comparable finish to the Tesla Model S. The remaining key question is of course whether the range of the Mercedes EQS could compete with that of the Tesla Model S.
Leaked shots of the upcoming full-electric VW ID.3 reveal a modern and futuristic design both on the outside and for the interior. Moreover, VW is busy testing the SUV version of the ID.3, the VW ID. Crozz, which could be seen with production body for the first time.
Spy shots of the upcoming full-electric BMW Vision iNEXT indicate that the design of the production version will be a lot more boring and less futuristic than the concept car.

We're quite excited about Elon's announcement of a new Gigafactory in Europe, and with a high probability even in Germany, the country where we live! And hopefully this will force the legacy German car manufactures to launch more electric car models more quickly. We'd be really happy to test some German electric cars with a range comparable to Tesla vehicles. But we somehow doubt it 🙃

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We were quite amazed that a few 🚄Hyperloop projects are ACTUALLY PROGRESSING forward! So we decided to make this fun video reporting all the ONGOING LOOPS, as well as digging a bit into the history of pneumatic tube transport. Enjoy!

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Our favorite Shanghai Gigafactory 3 drone guy:

Statistics on EV sales in Europe:

Tesla absolutely crushing the competition in Europe:

EVs will reach 100% market penetration between 2040 and 2050 (logistics S-curve !)

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After the first successful Starhopper untethered hop of 20 m, a Starhopper 2nd hop could go as high as 200 m. Furthermore, it seems that we can finally see some real NASA and SpaceX collaboration happening with regard to the development of Starship / Super Heavy.

After the first untethered Starhopper test flight success, the second untethered SpaceX Starhopper hop test of as high as 200 m is expected within the upcoming week.

NASA announces US Industry Partnerships to Advance Moon & Mars Technology, with TWO remarkable mentionings of SpaceX / Starship. The first one involves the development of the orbital propellant refilling technology, an essential feature of Elon Musk Starship rocket.
The second partnership between NASA and SpaceX is even more intriguing: SpaceX shall "work with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to advance their technology to vertically land large rockets on the Moon"! So NASA is indeed considering utilizing SpaceX's Starship / Super Heavy system to fulfill their ambitious Artemis mission of landing humans on the moon by 2024.
The vertical landing technology is surely crucial, as nothing has ever landed on the moon that's even remotely as heavy as SpaceX's Starship. Thanks to the high payload of Starship, we expect this time a human moon base could be built much more easily and faster as compared to during the Apollo era.

Could we colonize the Moon and Mars? In order to answer this question, we first need a realistic concept for human habitat modules in low gravity environment. Dr. Joseph Parker proposed on the annual Mars Society Convention a rotating Mars habitation module concept, where earth-like artificial gravity will be produced by a high-speed MagLev train travelling along a big ring structure.

China's commercial spaceflight sector is bumming: at least 15 Start-ups are currently working on Chinese reusable rockets, trying to replicate the success of SpaceX. This will certainly give a push to the Chinese moon project and moon landing plans as well.

We for sure will keep a close eye on the next Starhopper untethered test, the progress of SpaceX Starship orbital prototype, as well as any Elon Musk Starship update!

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In our last news episode, we analysed a truly exciting interview of Elon Musk with TIME magazine, where he hinted that an unmanned SpaceX Starship plans to land on the moon in 2021 already!

We explain why we feel more sad than happy on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11:

We analyze SpaceX's Mars colonization plan and how first landing on the Moon (either in collaboration with NASA or by themselves) fits into this:

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Dr. Joseph Parker's (from the Mars Society) talk on rotating habitats for Low-Gravity environment:

On how to power the Mars colony and the rotating habitats with thermo-electric generators:

NASA's press release on industry partner collaborations, and their 1st official mentioning of SpaceX's Starship:

China's spaceflight Startup iSpace:

China's spaceflight Startup Linkspace:

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The basic concept of Hyperloop could be older than you've thought! And here we answer all the essential questions: Is Hyperloop Real? Is Hyperloop possible from the beginning? Are there actually any Hyperloop systems being built right now?

The idea of utilizing pneumatic tubes for public transportation goes back to the late 18th century, and the first atmospheric railways were already built in the early 19th century.

The transatlantic pneumatic tube connecting Boston and Liverpool from the short story "An Express of the Future", written by Michel Verne (son of Jules Verne) and first published in 1895, reads remarkably similar to the depiction of a Hyperloop.

In 1904, the rocket pioneer Robert Goddard came up with a first vacuum tube transportation concept, where magnetically levitated pods would have been propelled at very high speeds through evacuated tubes.

The modern Hyperloop concepts are based on Elon Musk's White Paper "Hyperloop Alpha" from 2013. He proposed to replace vacuum tubes by tubes filled with low pressure air, as well as to mount an electric compressor fan at the front of the Hyperloop pod, in order to overcome the Kantrowitz limit for top speed.

Is Hyperloop cheaper than bullet train? According to the calculation in "Hyperloop Alpha", a Hyperloop track connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles would only cost 9% of a high-speed bullet train line.

The first SpaceX Hyperloop test track was built in 2016 in Hawthorne. Since then, Elon Musk Hyperloop competition has been taking place every year. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) was the Hyperloop competition winner for 2019, and SpaceX is already planning to build a longer test track with a curve for the next SpaceX Hyperloop competition.

Is Hyperloop a reality? Due to the potential of economic benefits shown in Elon Musk's Hyperloop white paper, private Hyperloop companies are emerging and competing with each other to build the first commercial Hyperloop network.

Virgin Hyperloop One is building a Hyperloop line connecting the two major cities of Mumbai and Pune in India. The Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop train speed could reduce the travelling time between these two cities from hours to 25 minutes.
Virgin Hyperloop One recently also signed a deal with the government of Saudi Arabia, to build a 35 km-long Hyperloop test track north of Jeddah. The ultimate goal is to build a Hyperloop line from Jeddah to Riyadh, so to reduce the travel time from currently almost 10 hours to just 76 minutes.

Their Hyperloop passenger capsule is expected to be unveiled at the Virgin Hyperloop experience at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) is pushing their Chicago-Cleveland Hyperloop route, which is supposed to be developed to the larger Great Lakes Hyperloop System later on.
HyperloopTT is also working on a first Phase of the future UAE Hyperloop connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which should reduce the travel time between these two major cities down to 12 minutes.

We believe Hyperloop is actually safer than normal or high-speed railway trains for different reasons, and a Hyperloop future might be nearer than most people have thought!

We're really looking forward to the first public Hyperloop station and Hyperloop train lines ;) And don't forget to tell us in the comments, if you're also interested in a Hyperloop ride!

------- Interesting resources to look up: -------
Elon Musk's Hyperloop Whitepaper from 2013 that started it all:

A nice summary of pneumatic tube transport history:

Another good summary of pneumatic tube transportation ideas, leading to modern Hyperloops:

Michel Verne's short story reading like a Hyperloop prediction:

On the Great Lakes Hyperloop system (by Hyperloop TT):

On the Mumbai - Pune Hyperloop (by Virgin Hyperloop One):

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We are quite amazed by Elon Musk's ambitious claim about Starship's moon landing timeline from his recent interview with TIME, as well as the first successful untethered Starhopper lift-off. Besides, the Asian space agencies aren't sleeping either, as we have some truly exciting stuff to report about China's Tiangong-2 space station and India's Chandrayaan-2 moon mission.

The first untethered SpaceX Starhopper flight reached a height of around 20 m. We're looking forward to the next Starhopper raptor engine test within the next few weeks, where the Starhopper is supposed to reach a height of around 200 m.

In an interview with TIME Magazine, Elon Musk hinted that an unmanned Starship could already fly to the Moon in 2021, and a crewed Moon landing could just follow SpaceX Dearmoon mission in 2023. Besides, SpaceX would and probably will be financing all these missions on their own, as NASA currently is still sticking to their SLS and the Lunar Gateway for their 2024 Artemis moon mission.

Since SpaceX orbital Starship prototypes in Cocoa, Florida, and Boca Chica, Texas, are scheduled for the first orbital tests by late 2020, and SpaceX would be able to draw revenue from their Starlink Internet satellites as of 2021, there is indeed a good chance to see Starship/Super Heavy bringing humans back to the Moon before NASA's Artemis / SLS plan. If NASA would switch from SLS to Super Heavy and SpaceX moon lander after SpaceX's successful moon landing in 2023, Elon Musk's Mars colonization plan would certainly also get an additional huge push forwards.

With regards to Starship's atmospheric re-entry design, SpaceX might switch from the liquid methane bleeding to the classic heat shield tiles.

SpaceX successfully launched their 18th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-18) mission for NASA, and the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket also perfectly flew back to the landing zone at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Currently the Cargo Dragon spacecraft is safely docked to the ISS.

India successfully launched their Chandrayaan-2 moon mission, mainly in order to detect the presence of water ice at the lunar South Pole. The Indian lunar lander together with a small rover are supposed to land on the moon by September.

China's Tiangong-2 space station reentered the atmosphere under controlled conditions after almost 3 years of successful operation. China is already planning for the next and larger space station by 2022, and the Chinese Moon Program shouldn't be underestimated either. We'll certainly keep you updated on any further developments through our channel!

So according to Elon Musk's interview with TIME, Starship status quo looks quite promising. We're really looking forward to an official SpaceX Starship announcement or even more information on a SpaceX crewed mission on the upcoming Elon Musk Starship presentation.

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We explain why we feel more sad than happy on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11:

We analyze SpaceX's Mars colonization plan and how first landing on the Moon (either in collaboration with NASA or by themselves) fits into this:

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SpaceX Starship & Mars mission homepage:

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Welcome;) You've found two nerds, one Chinese called Jixuan, and one Romanian called Sebastian. We are passionate supporters of electric cars and manned spaceflight.

Hence you will not only find news analysis on Tesla and SpaceX, two extremely innovative and successful companies linked by Elon Musk, but also in-depth discussions about EVs and space exploration in general on this channel.

We promise to upload videos at least once per week and we're looking forward to your thoughts and comments in any of our videos!