Nearly Complete SpaceX Starship Orbital Prototype

Nearly Complete SpaceX Starship Orbital Prototype

Brian Wang |
September 26, 2019 |

Elon Musk tweeted out photos of the nearly complete SpaceX Starship Orbital prototype. There are three Raptor engines in it. The main work to complete appears to be adding the nosecone.

Elon Musk will be presenting on the SpaceX orbital starship design on Saturday at noon PST (California time). This is in a mere two days.

On the transporter pic.twitter.com/CGNj1MlKAU

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2019

SOURCES- twitter Elon Musk, SpaceX


Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

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KFC Glazed Donut Fried Chicken Sandwich Seems Like a Lethal Weapon

KFC Glazed Donut Fried Chicken Sandwich Seems Like a Lethal Weapon

Brian Wang |
September 17, 2019 |

KFC has introduced a glazed donut fried chicken sandwich. It has an extra crispy chicken breast and two glazed donuts. This is about 910 calories.

This has been offered at smaller restaurants but KFC is the first major fast-food chain to offer this.

This is for people who are actively against any remotely healthy food.

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Earthquake in Pleasant Hill California

Earthquake in Pleasant Hill California

Brian Wang |
October 14, 2019 |

My home was just hit with an Earthquake. The US Geological Service says it was centered one highway stop away from where I live. USGS says it was a 4.5-4.7. However, it was strong enough to shake dishes and knock some hanging objects off of the wall. It was probably the strongest shaking from an Earthquake that I have personally felt in California. Other Earthquakes that I have felt had stronger USGS readings in the 5 range. However, those were centered farther away.

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Tesla Reaches Production Record But Falls Short of 100,000

Tesla Reaches Production Record But Falls Short of 100,000

Brian Wang |
October 2, 2019 |

Tesla achieved record production of 96,155 vehicles and record deliveries of approximately 97,000 vehicles in the third quarter of 2019.

Tesla needs to deliver 105,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter to reach 360,000-400,000 vehicles for the year.

Tesla has a higher-order backlog. They had net sales of about 110,000 in the third quarter.

SOURCES – Tesla


Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

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Saudi Arabia Refinery Repairs Could Take Months

Saudi Arabia Refinery Repairs Could Take Months

Brian Wang |
September 23, 2019 |

The Wall Street Journal reports that Saudi Oil Refineries could take months to repair according to foreign contractors working with the Saudi state giant. Saudi Arabia state oil company Aramco had initially said repairs would take a few days. This was later changed to repairs would take ten weeks tops.

Bloomberg estimated Saudi Arabia has about 50 million barrels of oil in storage at home plus another 80 million barrels stored abroad. This would be enough to meet the shortfall in Saudi Arabia supply commitments for about 20-30 days.

SOURCES – Oilprice, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal


Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

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SpaceX Shows Vision of Starship at a Mars City and Saturn

SpaceX Shows Vision of Starship at a Mars City and at Saturn

Brian Wang |
September 28, 2019 |

SpaceX has new renderings of a Mars City using the new Starship design.

The main constraint on the Super-Heavy booster is ramping up the production of the Raptor engines.

They will need 100 Raptor engines to get to the orbital test. They build one Raptor engine currently every eight days. On 2 months they want to get to one Raptor engine every two days. By Q12020, they want to get to one engine every day. This means the orbital flight would not be until about March, 2020.

SpaceX wants to be able eventually refly boosters up to 20 times a day.


They will fly the Starship about 3-4 times a day. The orbital limitation is about the orbits. This would not be a limitation for a point to point version.

The fully reusable fleet of Super Heavy Starship will increase humanities launch capacity by 10000 times. This is max theoretical.

With 20 rockets you could put 3 million tons per year into orbit.

SOURCES- SpaceX, Elon Musk

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Tesla After Model Y and the China Factory Start

Tesla After Model Y and the China Factory Start

Brian Wang |
September 22, 2019 |

Tesla appears to have 100,000 sales in the third quarter of 2019 and the fourth quarter should see up to 20,000 cars from the Shanghai Gigafactory.

The Shanghai Gigafactory could add 150,000 to 250,000 cars in 2020. Tesla could produce 450,000 to 500,00 cars from the Fremont factory.

The Tesla Model Y will start production in the fall of 2020.

A new European Gigafactory should start production in 2021.

Nextbigfuture expects two to four more Gigafactories to be opened in 2021-2022. They will likely be in Asia.

A big factor for the future of Tesla is when will they introduce the Maxwell dry batteries and how good will the energy density, cost improvement and production improvement be with the dry batteries.

Tesla completed the purchase of Maxwell Technologies which will give Tesla higher energy density batteries, lower costs for batteries, double battery life and will allow battery factories to have 16 times the production in the same space. If Tesla is able to capture the reduction in factory space from Maxwell Technologies then Tesla will be able to massively boost battery and car production from each of its factories.

Maxwell claimed they have already proved 300 Wh/kg energy density is which 20-40% better than current Tesla batteries. Maxwell has a path with 15-25% improvement every 2-3 years. This should lead to 500 Wh/kg by 2027. Tesla might be able to get 385 Wh/kg in batteries in 2020.

The other technology that will boost Tesla sales and profitability is constant improvements to self-driving capabilities.

Maxwell had a 15-page investor presentation from January 16, 2019 from the 21st Annual Needham Growth Conference.

Solid State Batteries Can Compete on Energy Density But Are Six to Ten Years Away

Panasonic has said solid state batteries are ten years away. Volkswagen thinks they can get them by 2025. Fisker has delayed solid-state batteries from 2020 to 2022.

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Electrical cars EV Booker Prize 2019: Bernadine Evaristo talks womanhood and ‘othering’

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Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize 2019 alongside Margaret Atwood.

Her book, Girl, Woman, Other, explores the theme of living modern life as a woman of colour, while also looking at other identifiers, such as being an immigrant or being on the queer spectrum.

She spoke to Focus on Africa about the publishing industry, African writers and going to Nigeria for the first time.

Reporter: Victoria Uwonkunda

Electrical cars EV Brexit deal: Where have the UK and EU compromised?

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electrical cars  EV Boris Johnson and Michel Barnier

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Both sides have had to make concessions to reach this agreement.

But the biggest single concession has probably been made by Boris Johnson, who has had to accept the European Union’s (EU) demand that there can be no border checks of any kind for customs or regulations on the island of Ireland.

That means that there will – under this plan – be checks within the United Kingdom between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

It is something that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) continues to oppose, and something Mr Johnson himself had said previously would be unacceptable.

“We would be damaging the fabric of the Union with regulatory checks and even customs controls between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on top of those extra regulatory checks down the Irish Sea that are already envisaged in the withdrawal agreement,” he told the DUP party conference in November 2018.

“Now I have to tell you, no British Conservative government could or should sign up to any such arrangement.”

So why has he done it?

Partly because he needed a dramatic gesture to get this deal over the line.

But also because there is compromise on the other side too.

The EU said the text of the withdrawal agreement it concluded with Theresa May could never be reopened. But it has been.

It said anything that replaced the backstop plan for the Irish border would have to meet the same standard of ruling out the return of a hard border “under all circumstance”.

But this new deal does not quite do that.

There is a mechanism that would allow a simple majority in the Northern Ireland Assembly to vote against these proposed new economic arrangements in the future.

If it did so, there would be a two-year notice period to find a new solution. That makes it, if you like, a form of time-limited backstop – although the EU would argue that it is highly unlikely that the Assembly would ever vote to trigger such uncertainty.

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The other big difference though – which is an important point of principle for Mr Johnson – is that Northern Ireland will leave the EU’s customs union with the rest of the UK.

Yes, it will continue to apply EU rules on customs, tariffs and regulations under the auspices of the European Court of Justice.

But – through diplomatic manoeuvring – it will remain part of the UK’s customs territory.

That means it will be able to take a full part in any future trade deals the UK government negotiates around the World.

But there is no denying that this is not the most elegant of solutions. It is not only the DUP in Northern Ireland that is unhappy. Such is the nature of a negotiated compromise.

Electrical cars EV Free trade agreement

One other issue is worth highlighting – promises by the UK to stick close to the EU’s regulatory system after Brexit have been removed from the legally binding withdrawal agreement text.

They still appear in broad form in the political declaration on future relations – but the EU is well aware that Mr Johnson is looking for a looser economic relationship with the EU than his predecessor was.

That may well cause problems in the future, as several EU countries are concerned that the UK – a major economy on their doorstep – could seek to gain a competitive advantage by undercutting the EU’s system of regulation.

The revised text of the political declaration says the aim is to complete a free trade agreement between the EU and the UK in the future.

A high-level meeting will be convened in June 2020 to assess progress towards such a deal, before the end of the post-Brexit transition period.

During trade negotiations, the UK will be treated as a potential competitor as well as a partner.

In that sense – as has been said before – even if this deal passes in the next few weeks (still a big if) it will not “get Brexit done”.

Much of the hard work, including negotiating that future trade deal, is still to come, and it will last for many years.

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Electrical cars EV Ryan ten Doeschate: Essex captain signs new one-year deal

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electrical cars  EV Ryan ten Doeschate

Ryan ten Doeschate has played 477 games for Essex across all formats

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate has signed a new one-year deal.

The 39-year-old Dutchman has been with the club since 2003 and helped them win the County Championship and T20 Blast in 2019.

“I’m really pleased to extend my contract at the club and my affinity for Essex and the players just grows stronger and stronger,” he told the club connection.

“I’m excited about the challenges and battles we’ll face in 2020.”