from electric vehicles, elon musk posted in technology by tacopolis
The Tesla Gigafactory, located in the Nevada desert east of Reno/Sparks, will be larger than all of the other lithium-ion battery factories combined.
Using geothermal, wind and solar energy, the Gigafactory will "be energy self-sufficient."
from space travel, new space posted in technology by tacopolis
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is in the rocket game as well. His company, Blue Origin, has a launch site in west Texas near the town of Van Horn.
Specializing in VTVL (Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing) technology, the team has been making advances in suborbital rocketry (video here).
from elon musk, paypal posted in technology by corporate_sunshine
In 1997, Zip2 moved their headquarters to this location. Zip2 was online directory founded by the Musk brothers, Elon and Kimbal.
The company merged with CitySearch in a $300 million deal in 1998. This gave Elon Musk the capital to begin his next project, the online banking company- X.com.
Source: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
from space travel, new space, spacex posted in technology by corporate_sunshine
Space Exploration Technologies Corp (or SpaceX) made the first successful privately funded, liquid-propelled orbital launch vehicle with Flight #4 of the Falcoln 1 rocket on September 28, 2008.
Omelek Island is close to the equator, where the Earth spins a little bit faster, giving the rocket an extra boost upon launch. The island is a part of a series of islands used to test the efficacy of the "Star Wars" missile defense system back in the 80s.
from space exploration, rocket science posted in technology by pete_nice
Famed German/American scientist and rocket-man Werner von Braun is buried at the Ivy Hill Cemetery.
He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 65 on June 16, 1977.
"Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death."- Werner von Braun