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Elon Musk and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel Team-Up to Get Travelers to and from O’hare and the Loop–at over 100MPH

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Hall and Elon’ Musk’s the Boring Co. have negotiated a plan to build tunnels between O’Hare International Airport and the Loop in which autonomous passenger trains—built by The Boring Co.—would take travelers back and forth between the two destinations at speeds exceeding 100mph.

Musk’s company was chosen by Emanuel’s administration for the project from among four competing companies to provide this quick transportation between Chicago’s downtown and the airport. While the two parties are still negotiating, Chicago is hoping to solve this transportation issue as the gridlocked roads and dated L trains are not an elegant or efficient solution for getting to and from the airport.

The Emanuel administration is counting on Musk’s Boring Company’s tunneling technology, which is yet unproven, over more conventional high-speed rail options. Those more traditional rail options had been the primary solution to the airport transportation issue until recently.

The Emanuel administration and Boring Co. officials haven’t set a project completion timeline as of yet—or its estimated cost. However, they stated that Boring intends to pay for the entire project. Which would include the construction of a new station at O’hare International Airport. Boring Co. would also finish construction on the Block 37 super-station begun under previous Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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Outer Space Vacation Company SpaceX Delays Around the Moon Trip

Two tourists who were scheduled to travel around the moon and back via a SpaceX rocket will have to wait until 2019 (at least). James Gleeson, SpaceX spokesperson, confirmed the delays in the trip that was first announced last year. No date was given for when the trip might happen.

According to Gleeson, SpaceX is still planning on flying private citizens around the moon. The company, owned by Elon Musk, hasn’t offered very specific reasoning behind the delay beyond technical and production challenges.
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket only launched in February and it was delayed several times of the past few years.
Musk announced the mission in August 2017 and it will be the first manned moon mission since the last Apollo mission in 1972—46 years ago.

If and when the mission does launch, it will be in the SpaceX Dragon V2 space vehicle—this vehicle hasn’t yet gone through thorough testing, however. The mission won’t land on the moon, but would come very close as it circles around it.

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Elon Musk: Making Life on Mars a Reality

While vacationing on another planet might sound like science fiction; life on Mars could go from science fiction to reality within your lifetime.

Musk, the SpaceX billionaire made the claim, at the SXSW festival, that test flights for a Mars rocket could begin as early as next year.

Musk has made headlines by launching one of his cars into space with Falcon Heavy type SpaceX shuttle. The roadster is drifting through space playing “Space Oddity” by beloved glam-rocker David Bowie.

According to CNBC, Musk plans on sending a full-fledged cargo mission to Mars by 2022.

The BFR rocket is expected to not only be capable of interplanetary travel, but also be reusable for multiple trips. Musk estimated a flight would cost between $5 and $6 billion.

Source: ABC News