SpaceX successfully completes Dragon parachute tests


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Capitalism in space: SpaceX successfully completed the last planned parachute test yesterday for its manned Dragon spacecraft, clearing the way for its first manned launch on May 27th.

NASA also said that it has closed its investigation into the Merlin engine issue from a March Falcon 9 launch, leaving nothing but the weather in the way for that May manned flight.

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2 comments

  • Col Beausabre

    And in the “Huh” department….

    “Elon Musk just declared that he’s selling almost all his physical belongings and ‘will own no house’ and that he thinks Tesla’s stock price is ‘too high'” Business Insider

    https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-selling-belongings-house-tesla-stock-2020-5

    That grinding sound you hear is the SEC tearing itself apart

    “where he would live once he owns no house” 1) On Mars 2) In the backseat of a Tesla (if they have a backseat)

    This is sounding more and more like the Heaven’s Gate Fiasco – “Sell all your goods and follow me to Mars!”

  • Dick Eagleson

    I don’t think Elon is planning to take things to quite a Jack Reacher level of divestiture, but this makes sense. It makes little sense, even for a multi-billionaire, to maintain one or more expensive mansions if he is hardly ever in residence at any of them. Most rich people seem to indulge these extravagances, in significant part, to impress/keep up with other rich people. That sort of thing has never been any real part of Musk’s psychological makeup.

    Musk can easily find short-term accommodations near the places he peripatetically spends the vast majority of his time. He can also easily find convenient places to garage his cars. When in Boca Chica, for example, I don’t know where Musk drops his bags, but I suspect it’s in one of the two dozen or so houses in Boca Chica Village that SpaceX has accumulated. Perhaps he keeps a Tesla there too.

    I do/i> note that there was no mention of divesting his Gulfstream 650 bizjet – and I don’t expect there to be. Musk seems to spend a lot more time in that than he does at any of his “estates.”

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