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tesla gigafactory

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."

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blue origin launch site

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).

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zip2 hq (former)

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

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omelek island

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.

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ivy hill cemetery

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

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