Elon Musk is elected as an academician

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According to Unshared News : On February 10, the National Academy of Engineering announced the list of new academicians, Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, an American space exploration technology company, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is on the list.

According to the National Academy of Engineering website, Elon Musk was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering as the founder, CEO and chief engineer of SpaceX in California, in recognition of his work in the design, engineering, manufacturing and development of reusable launch vehicles, sustainable transportation and energy systems. Operational breakthroughs.

Nadella was elected to advance enterprise computing infrastructure as a cloud service and to provide international leadership in socio-technical systems and practices.

Musk took to social media to express his thanks after being elected. The world’s richest man now relies on TeslaThe market value has soared, with a net worth of more than 240 billion US dollars. He also founded Boring Company, a tunneling company, and Neuralink, a brain-computer interface company.

In December, Musk was named Time Magazine’s 2021 Person of the Year for driving “disruptive change in society.” Speaking of space exploration, Musk said: “The overall goal is to make humans an interplanetary species, not because it’s lucrative, but because it’s exciting, at least for me.”

Since space launches are a hugely expensive task, Musk and his team cut costs by developing reusable rockets, avoiding the company’s once near bankruptcy.

Musk has said that a fully reusable Earth-orbiting launch vehicle is revolutionary for human space technology. “A lot of very smart people give up after trying it, and I’m still not sure if it’s really achievable,” he said in an interview.

SpaceX has successfully landed

In the past six years, SpaceX has successfully landed and recovered the first stage of 90 “Falcon 9” heavy rockets and relaunched 72 of them, but has yet to achieve full recovery of both stages at the same time.

SpaceX will release an important technical update on February 10, local time, which will also be the first time Musk has provided a report on Starship’s progress since September 2019.

It’s critical for the company to put Starship into orbit for the first time, with SpaceX planning its first test flight in early March of this year.

Technology of the giant spacecraft, dubbed SN20, is powered by 33 engines on a massive 230-foot base and requires more than 7.5 million pounds of liquid fuel. Both spacecraft and engines are fully reusable. Musk plans that by 2023, Starship could orbit the moon once and land on the lunar surface within three years.

SpaceX is stacking Starships, according to videos and pictures posted on social media by Musk on February 9. The video shows the pylon arm lifting the starship over the massive booster.

Musk is likely to speak at 9 p.m. local time on Thursday and give a demonstration of SpaceX’s major technological advancements, which will be webcast.