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NASA isn’t going to pay for the BFR, so Musk charts a new course

Ars - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:20

Enlarge / Elon Musk speaks as Yusaku Maezawa, founder and president of Start Today Co., looks on at an event at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Monday, (credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

On a Monday night filled with emotion as much as engineering, one of the most poignant moments came toward the end of the program at SpaceX's rocket factory in California. The company's founder, Elon Musk, choked up as he described the financial contribution from a Japanese businessman, Yusaku Maezawa, to his Big Falcon Rocket project.

"I’ll tell you, it’s done a lot to restore my faith in humanity," Musk said, seated in front of the end of a Falcon 9 rocket and its nine engines. "That somebody is willing to do this, take their money and help fund this new project that’s risky, might not succeed, it’s dangerous. He’s like donating seats. These are great things."

The headline news out of Monday's event was that Maezawa has bought all of the seats on the first human flight of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) and upper stage spaceship (BFS)—a sortie around the Moon as early as 2023. Although neither Musk nor Maezawa would specify how much it had cost, Musk said, "This is a non-trivial amount that will have a material impact on the BFR program."

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5 things you need to know today

CNN - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:13
People on opposite sides of the globe are still reeling after two monster storms: 32 people are now dead because of Florence, and dozens are still missing in a landslide in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Mangkhut. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

Totally misreading court records and other ways people are trying to undermine Kavanaugh’s accuser

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:10
The foreclosure case, the wrong professor and Tucker Carlson's theory about what's behind the concern about Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault accusation.

Feinstein, elected in the 'Year of the Woman,' navigates the politics of #MeToo

CNN - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:05
As senators grappled with how to handle the explosive allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Dianne Feinstein found herself in the center of the political storm.

Analysis: Women hold the key in this fight

CNN - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:02
For Republicans, this was supposed to be a done deal. Now, because of a decades-old allegation of sexual assault, Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination is very much in flux.

What I Saw When I Rode Out Florence

NY Times - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:01
A storm’s violence, and its aftermath.

A former sex-crimes prosecutor analyzed Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh. Here’s her take.

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:00
Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford and what to look for in a ‘he-said-she-said’ sexual assault allegation.

Women’s votes might be the key to stopping Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate. Here’s why.

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:00
Polling for Brazil's chaotic election is showing an unprecedented gender gap.

Tech Fix: The iPhone XS and XS Max Review: Bigger Is Now Definitely Better

NY Times - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:00
Apple’s new smartphones start at $999 and $1,099, but their superb cameras and screens make them worth the high prices, our reviewer writes.

‘The Franks’ Will Rework Their Brooklyn Restaurant Empire

NY Times - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:00
The team behind Frankies 457 Spuntino plan to add a slice shop with a Long Island pizza star; a natural wine bar; and a dining room that takes reservations.

New York Today: New York Today: Flash Flood Warnings

NY Times - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:00
Tuesday: Food for thought during today’s heavy rain, and Open House New York.

White House reviews incident involving Epoch Times photographer handing a folder to Trump

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:00
The journalist, whose publication is banned in China, stepped into a restricted area as the president was leaving a ceremony in the East Room.

Nellie Ohr, who worked for the firm behind Trump-Russia dossier, to meet with House committees

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-09-18 05:00
With her husband, Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, she has become a target in the president’s effort to discredit Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of his campaign.

Kavanaugh’s accuser waited years to come forward. Does that undercut her claim?

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-09-18 04:59
The issue of delayed reporting — and the legal complexities attached to it — could lie at the heart of the examination of an assault allegation leveled against Brett M. Kavanaugh.

China accuses Taiwan of manipulating university students to become spies

CNN - Tue, 2018-09-18 04:41
China has accused Taiwan's intelligence agencies of recruiting university exchange students as spies, in an effort to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" activities on the mainland.

12 dead babies found stuffed in boxes and plastic bags in a Kenyan hospital

CNN - Tue, 2018-09-18 04:41
The governor of Nairobi has ordered an investigation after he made a surprise visit to a hospital in the Kenyan capital and found the bodies of 12 babies stuffed in boxes and plastic bags

At the Paris Opera, a Celebration 350 Years in the Making

NY Times - Tue, 2018-09-18 04:30
Over the next 16 months, dancers and singers will have ample occasion to celebrate the anniversary of the Paris Opera’s founding by Louis XIV in 1669.
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