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Elon Musk, rocket man

The South African born, billionaire mega-techpreneur Elon Musk is actually human — but you might not think so after reading Ashlee Vance’s superb biography. We often think we know someone better after we read a book

Watch: Blue Origin lands unmanned rocket

Billionaire Jeff Bezos’s space-exploration company launched and landed an unmanned rocket on Sunday while testing a parachute failure, a key step in checking the safety of its New Shepard vehicle before sending it to space

Q&A with Sequoia Capital’s Roelof Botha

There are a couple of South Africans who are making their mark across the world. One of them is Sequoia Capital partner Roelof Botha, who has become something of a Silicon Valley superstar. Forbes recently named this South African as one of the

The amazing science behind SpaceX’s Falcon 9

On Friday, 8 April 2016, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a mission to deliver a spacecraft called Dragon with its payload of supplies and experiments into a trajectory towards the International Space Station (ISS). Most remarkably, the first-stage booster then landed

Alistair Fairweather
SpaceX’s giant leap for mankind

Last Friday, SpaceX achieved something incredible. It successfully landed one of its Falcon 9 rockets on a small barge bobbing in the ocean. This is after the rocket delivered a 1,5t supply payload for the International Space Station into orbit, and just nine minutes after it

How Musk is winning the electric car race

Tesla Motors has already established its electric cars as fast, well-sized and capable of competing with petrol cars in how far they can go without needing a recharge. Now, the US firm run by South African-born billionaire Elon Musk appears to have countered

Top SA engineer passes away

Prof Duncan Charles Baker, a well respected South African engineer, educator and volunteer, passed away on 12 March 2016. He was 77. Baker, who was born on 5 September 1938 in Grahamstown

Tesla Powerwall now available in SA

The first Tesla Powerwall in South Africa has been installed in Johannesburg, according to authorised reseller Dako Power. The company plans to gather and use data based on the performance of the initial unit to market the rechargeable

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If Elon Musk is a Luddite, count me in

On 21 December, SpaceX made history by successfully launching a rocket and returning it to a safe landing on Earth. It’s also the day that SpaceX founder Elon Musk was nominated for a Luddite Award. The nomination came as part of a campaign by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

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