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Even Elon Musk doesn’t buy into the Bitcoin hype

Elon Musk Bitcoin

Although Bitcoin has captured the hearts and minds of amateur gamblers and Ponzi schemers, it's still an orphan child among most financial managers. Warren Buffett thinks the crypto-currency "will come to a bad ending," while his long-time adviser Charlie Munger described it as "noxious poison."

Now, Elon Musk doesn't fit any stereotype about multibillionaire CEOs -- unless you've been watching too many Iron Man reruns -- but he also doesn't appear to be on the hype train. He does own a tiny amount of Bitcoin, but as he recently revealed, it's not even enough to buy new tires for his Tesla.

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Even Elon Musk doesn’t buy into the Bitcoin hype originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at 21:16:03 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Elon Musk just tried to catch falling bits of spacecraft with a giant net because sure, why not

spacex fairing

SpaceX is the undisputed king of commercial spaceflight at the moment, thanks in large part to its highly efficient method of landing and reusing its Falcon 9 rocket boosters. In an effort to take its reusable rocket dreams one step further, the company attempted to recover another piece of hardware during its launch earlier today. That component, called a fairing, acts like a nosecone. Normally the fairing falls to Earth where SpaceX picks up the pieces and builds a new one for the next launch, but recovering it without damaging it is a multi-million dollar achievement. Unfortunately, the company's first attempt didn't go as planned.

The main issue with recovering the fairing is that it's a "dumb" piece of hardware that isn't particularly aerodynamic and plummets towards Earth at well over the speed of sound, meaning that it lands wherever it lands and that's about it. This time around, SpaceX equipped its fairing with thrusters of its own as well as a guidance system and parachute which was supposed to slow it down enough that SpaceX's fancy ship, called Mr. Steven, could use its giant net to catch it in the air. Yeah, it didn't work.

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Elon Musk just tried to catch falling bits of spacecraft with a giant net because sure, why not originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 at 14:51:42 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Watch real footage of Elon Musk’s Tesla flying through space as a tiny, insignificant speck

spacex roadster

It's now been a couple of weeks since Elon Musk and SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy into space. Its payload, a Tesla Roadster with the now-famous Starman behind the wheel, will orbit the Sun for millions of years according to SpaceX, and you can bet that astronomers will be taking every opportunity to spot it whenever they can. The latest observation comes from the Virtual Telescope Project, which managed to capture the faint speck of light reflecting back towards Earth.

The animated image above is the result of several photos that were captured on February 8th, just a couple of days after Starman's trip began. You can see the object quite well, but it's moving away from Earth at a rapid pace. The latest image, which you can see below, is the latest spotting of the Roadster, and it's much harder to see.

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Watch real footage of Elon Musk’s Tesla flying through space as a tiny, insignificant speck originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 at 14:57:05 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Watch live as SpaceX launches the first of nearly 12,000 internet satellites into space

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch live stream

With the Falcon Heavy mission completed, SpaceX will return to its regularly scheduled Falcon 9 launches, starting today with a departure from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Scheduled to lift off at 9:17 AM [UPDATE: now on Thursday morning, due to high altitude wind shear data today], the rocket will carry an advanced radar satellite into orbit for Spain, but there will be some additional payload tagging along: two of SpaceX's experimental satellites that could one day be part of Elon Musk's globe-spanning Starlink initiative.

With Starlink, Musk plans to blanket the entire planet in high-speed internet by launching nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit, all of which will move in a synchronized pattern around Earth at all times. 4,425 of the spacecrafts will sit around 700 miles above the surface, while the remaining 7,518 will orbit 200 miles up.

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Watch live as SpaceX launches the first of nearly 12,000 internet satellites into space originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 at 08:51:27 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

New website tracks Musk’s Tesla Roadster and Starman as they fly through space

Tesla In Space

After weather forced SpaceX to delay the launch multiple times, Elon Musk's aerospace company launched its massive Falcon Heavy rocket into space on February 6th. It was an incredible feat, and the world watched along as SpaceX streamed the event live from the ground in Cape Canaveral. Many thought the gigantic rocket would be doomed on this first attempt, and even Musk appeared to be shocked that the launch went off without a hitch — in fact, Musk's exact words were, "Holy flying f–k, that thing took off!"

The Falcon Heavy's 27 rockets propelled the huge craft gracefully as it barreled toward and then broke through the Earth's atmosphere. While the rocket's center core didn't touch back down as expected, both side boosters separated perfectly and landed on their targets so they can be reused in subsequent launches. There's precious little question that the launch was a resounding success, as was the release of the Falcon Heavy's main payload: Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster and its mannequin pilot Starman.

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New website tracks Musk’s Tesla Roadster and Starman as they fly through space originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 20 Feb 2018 at 08:51:49 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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