Posts with tag: ‘tesla’

Even Elon can’t get us to Mars

Mars has long been and continues to be a frustratingly elusive dream for many an aerospace engineer, wannabe astronaut, or die hard Total Recall fan alike. It’s a subject many people including myself are deeply passionate about. And despite the nearly 50 years of technological progress since the Moon landing, we are arguably still rather ill-prepared to reach the Red Planet. That’s precisely why watching Elon’s recent Mars reveal in front of the International Astronautical Congress felt like an exasperatingly tragic lost opportunity. Perhaps about as aggravating as Arnold getting blown out of an action set piece to asphyxiate in a red wasteland, albeit without the insta-terraforming plot device to conveniently save the day.

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New Battery Technology is Going the Distance

If the recent dust-up between Tesla Motors and the New York Times is any indication, battery technology is the achilles heel of the electric car. However, a number of scientific discoveries in the field of nanotechnology could provide viable solutions to the big issues for automotive engineers - Today's batteries are slow charging, provide a small range and weigh too much. But tomorrow, things might be very different.

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