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 2021-04-23 00:15 

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Robotic Dogs Spotted Patrolling SpaceX Test Launch Facility...

Robotic "dogs" have been utilized by police units, militaries, and government agencies whose roles require a strong security presence. Now they are being used by SpaceX to patrol the SpaceX test launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, ahead of the f...

 2021-04-22 20:08 

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Senate Democrats Call for "Corrective Actions" After Fatal Tesla Crash...

Following the crash of a Tesla Model S that killed two people in Texas, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have sent a letter to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Acting Administrator Steven Cliff calling for a de...

 2021-04-21 21:53 

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SpaceX Disputes Report of Near-Miss Between Starlink, OneWeb Satellites...

SpaceX has filed a complaint with the FCC regarding reports that a OneWeb satellite nearly collided with a Starlink satellite. OneWeb is a competitor for SpaceX's Starlink satellite service. The incident occurred while OneWeb was launching a group of ...

 2021-04-21 02:43 

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Regulator Probes Fatal Tesla Crash...

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the National Highway Transit Safety Administration (NHTSA) are currently probing a crash involving a Tesla that authorities say had its Autopilot engage at the time of the accident. The vehicle reportedl...

 2021-04-16 23:14 

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NASA Selects SpaceX to Land Astronauts on Moon...

NASA has accepted SpaceX's proposal to develop the spacecraft that will land astronauts on the Moon. The lunar lander will be capable of carrying two astronauts to the Moon. NASA's Project Artemis includes the goals of landing the first woman and ...

 2021-04-16 18:52 

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Tesla Vehicle Cameras Capture Footage of Alleged Hate Crime...

Footage from the cameras of a Tesla helped the Department of Justice crack an alleged string of hate crimes in Springfield, Missouri, that included slashing the tires of cars that belonged to African-Americans and setting fire to a local church with prima...

 2021-04-16 16:28 

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Tesla Settles With Former Employee in Corporate Espionage Case...

Tesla has settled with a former employee who allegedly uploaded data on the Autopilot feature to iCloud and handed it over to XMotors when he moved over to a position in that company. XMotors is owned by the Chinese company XPeng. The former Tesla employe...

 2021-04-15 18:07 

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SpaceX Files Objection to Magistrate Judge's Ruling in Citizenship Bias Probe...

SpaceX has filed an objection to a magistrate judge's ruling in an ongoing case involving alleged citizenship bias in its employment processes. The case is currently being investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ), which SpaceX says wrongly allo...

 2021-04-14 21:19 

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SpaceX Raises Total of $1.16 Billion in Equity Funding Round...

SpaceX has closed an additional $314 million in funding to add to the $814 million that it raised in a funding round in February. The funding round came in at a company valuation of $74 billion. Its newest investors may have been convinced by SpaceX's...

 2021-04-14 18:27 

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SpaceX to Launch Astrobotic Lunar Lander, NASA VIPER Rover...

SpaceX now has a contract to launch a lunar lander built by Astrobotic and NASA's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER), which will search the lunar surface for water. The lunar lander, named Griffin Mission 1, will carry VIPER on it...

 2021-04-12 19:13 

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SpaceX Attaches Starlink Terminal to Starship Prototype SN15...

A Starlink terminal has been seen mounted to SpaceX's latest Starship prototype, SN15, by a sharp-eyed observer. A space enthusiast named Carter Goode reported seeing the terminal about 2/3 of the way up the prototype. SpaceX has also applied for temp...

 2021-04-12 16:57 

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Tesla May Face Lawsuit Over Solar Roof Pricing...

In March, customers looking into Tesla's solar roof noticed that the company had drastically increased prices for a new solar roof installation. Now, Tesla may be facing a potential future class action lawsuit claiming that the company refused to inst...

 2021-04-11 17:32 

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Starlink, OneWeb Satellites Come Close to Colliding...

Space junk has been a growing concern for aerospace insiders and skywatchers alike. Besides interfering with viewing, "dead" satellites with orbits that have not deteriorated enough to cause them to burn up in Earth's atmosphere might collide ...

 2021-04-10 19:05 

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SpaceX Stops Attempts to Catch Rocket Fairings...

SpaceX has stopped attempting to catch rocket fairings as part of efforts to improve its ability to reuse rocket components with a minimum of refurbishment. It cites the limited effectiveness of the method used to catch them, which involved a large net ex...

 2021-04-10 16:40 

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Tesla Increases Price of Some Models...

Tesla has increased the base price of the Model 3 Standard Range Plus by $500 to a base price of $39,690. The base price of the Model Y Long Range AWD is now $51,690. The Model Y Performance's base price remains at $62,190. Although nothing seems to h...

 2021-04-09 20:26 

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SpaceX Begins Encrypting Telemetry Data from Rocket Launches...

SpaceX has begun encrypting the telemetry data from its rocket launches after some amateur radio sleuths were able to lock onto the 2232.5 MHz telemetry downlink from a recent Falcon 9 launch. With the link, they were able to capture plain text data and p...

 2021-04-09 16:19 

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Tesla Issues Refunds to Customers Affected by Double-Charge Issue...

Last week, some buyers of Tesla vehicles reported having been double-charged upon delivery of their purchases. Some of the extra charges took an additional $71,000 out of their bank accounts. Now Tesla has issued a refund and offered $200 in store credit ...

 2021-04-08 17:06 

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Tesla Expresses Frustration With Red Tape for Gigafactory Berlin Opening...

Tesla has faced its share of challenges with the building of Gigafactory Berlin. The local utilities temporarily turned off its water over an unpaid bill, which may have been one factor in its subsequent replacement of the factory manager with a former Me...

 2021-04-06 19:39 

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SpaceX Denies Plans to Add Tiered Pricing for Starlink Access...

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell says that the company won't add tiered pricing for direct-to-consumer access to Starlink's Internet service. The service is currently in its "Better than Nothing Beta" phase and priced at $99 per month, plu...

 2021-04-06 16:00 

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International Space Station Crew Moves SpaceX Crew Dragon to Another Port...

The SpaceX Crew Dragon currently docked to the International Space Station has been successfully moved to another port in a first for this spacecraft model. The Crew Dragon has been named "Resilience" by its crew, known in official NASA and SpaceX...

 2021-04-05 22:52 

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Elon Musk Calls for More Housing in Tulsa Area...

As Elon Musk's companies continue their expansions in Texas, he has called for more housing in the Tulsa area to help house anyone who decides to make the move for new opportunities at Tesla or SpaceX. Real estate in Tulsa is starting to see a boom as...

 2021-04-05 16:00 

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Tesla Appeals Labor Board Ruling Ordering Elon Musk to Delete Tweet...

A couple of weeks ago, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that a tweet that Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted in 2018 could be seen as an attempt to derail employees' efforts to unionize. Now Tesla is appealing that ruling. In the tweet, Musk said, ...

 2021-04-03 22:15 

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Tesla Delivers 184,800 Vehicles in Q1 2021...

Building on its company-best year in 2020, in which it delivered 499,550 electric vehicles and turned an annual profit for the first time, Tesla has delivered 184,800 vehicles in Q1 2021. The vast majority of the deliveries were Model 3 sedans and Model Y...

 2021-04-02 22:07 

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Volkswagen Signs Deal to Buy Carbon Credits from Tesla China...

Volkswagen has inked a deal to buy carbon credits from Tesla China in a bid to meet environmental regulatory standards. The deal appears to be a "stopgap" measure that will buy Volkswagen more time to develop its own electric car manufacturing cap...

 2021-04-02 20:07 

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Tesla to Add 10,000 Jobs in Austin Area...

Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that Tesla plans to add 10,000 jobs in the Austin area. It needs workers for the manufacturing facility being built in Austin. Many of these positions will not require a college degree, but may be a good way to get one&#...

 2021-04-01 20:33 

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Some Tesla Vehicle Buyers Report Being Double-Charged...

Some Tesla customers report that their bank accounts have been double-charged by Tesla when their vehicles were delivered. When they attempted to contact Tesla about the issue, they say the company attempted to direct them back to their banks to have the ...

 2021-04-01 18:25 

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Apple to Use Tesla Megapacks for Solar Power Facility...

Apple has selected Tesla to provide 85 Megapack batteries for its solar farm in California. The batteries will be capable of storing up to 240 megawatt-hours of energy, which is enough to power 7,000 average-sized homes for a full day. Tesla went into the...

 2021-03-31 15:44 

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Inspiration4 Finalizes Four-Member Crew for All-Private Space Mission...

The Inspiration4 space mission has finalized its crew with the selection of its final two members. The new additions are Sian Proctor, an entrepreneur and pilot who will serve as the mission pilot, and Christopher Sembroski, a Lockheed-Martin employee who...

 2021-03-30 19:40 

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Elon Musk Makes Donation for Community Improvement Projects in Bid to Attract Engineers...

Elon Musk has announced a $10 million donation to the city of Brownsville, Texas, for downtown revitalization projects and an additional $20 million donation to schools in the area as part of a bid to attract engineers to work at the SpaceX launch facilit...

 2021-03-30 18:15 

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US House of Representatives Probes SpaceX's Possible Regulatory Violations...

The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee says it is probing recent the recent failures of SpaceX's Starship prototypes that could have violated regulatory safety standards and its test license. The FAA is normally in ch...

 2021-03-30 16:02 

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SpaceX Loses Fourth Starship Prototype in Explosion...

Elon Musk has made no secret of his ambitions for Mars. He has said that he would like to start sending his Starship spacecraft to Mars as early as 2024 with the possibility of sending crews as early as 2026. However, like many of Musk's ambitious dea...

 2021-03-29 16:29 

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Tesla Increases Price of Solar Roof...

Tesla appears to have quietly increased the price of the solar roof, according to pricing data in the solar roof configurator and quote estimates. Previously, the pricing for a 3,947 square foot solar roof with a 12.3 kW tile system was $54,966. Now price...

 2021-03-28 22:06 

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Elon Musk Implies Tesla Semi Could Be Delayed in Tweet...

Elon Musk made a comment on Twitter implying that the production of the Tesla Semi could be delayed yet again due to an issue with the battery needed for it. The Tesla Semi was initially meant to see production in 2019 but is now officially slated to begi...

 2021-03-28 19:17 

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Tesla Asks Appeals Court to Reinstate Obama-Era Regulation on Vehicle Emissions...

Tesla has requested that the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reinstate vehicle emissions regulations set by the Obama administrated but delayed by the Trump administration. If successful, the regulations would more than double fines for automakers th...

 2021-03-26 18:22 

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National Labor Relations Board Orders Elon Musk to Delete Anti-Union Tweet...

In another round of Elon Musk's fight against unionization in his companies, the National Labor Relations Board has ordered Tesla to have Elon Musk delete a tweet that could be seen as threatening toward the company's employees' efforts to uni...

 2021-03-25 19:45 

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Consumer Reports Says Tesla's Interior Cameras Could Compromise Privacy...

On the wake of news that China has banned Tesla vehicles on military-owned facilities and other government properties that might contain sensitive government information, Consumer Reports has issued a report saying that Tesla's interior cameras could ...

 2021-03-24 19:34 

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Tesla Currently Lobbying Australian Regulators to Allow Tesla Semis...

Tesla is currently lobbying Australian regulators to change rules on the dimensions of semi trucks to allow its electric semis to operate on Australian roads. It has submitted documentation to Australia's National Transport Commission during its regul...

 2021-03-24 16:08 

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Tesla to Accept Bitcoin for Vehicle Purchases...

In one of his tweets early this morning, Elon Musk has announced that Tesla will accept Bitcoin for vehicle purchases. He also says that Tesla will operate full nodes to support the Bitcoin network and run open-source software related to the cryptocurrenc...

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