"Falcon Heavy ultimately amounts to three Falcon 9 rockets linked together (one of which is strengthened), but it should be crucial to SpaceX's future business. Right now, a solo Falcon 9 can't carry more than 50,000lbs on a one-way trip to low Earth orbit. The Heavy system, however, will haul 140,700lbs into that same orbit, and should be powerful enough to participate in voyages to the Moon and Mars. The sooner the company can get Falcon Heavy into service, the sooner it can handle challenging missions that are barely on its radar." engadget
Space X goes from strength to strength. I don't own stock in the company but I wish I did. A workhorse booster for transport of heavy loads into orbit for development of lunar or asteroid mining is an obvious path to economic justification of space commercial activity. This booster is a big step in that direction. pl
"Stephen Hawking’s Breakthrough Listen project has detected mysterious signals that could be coming from intelligent alien life.
Astronomers working to identify alien civilizations picked up 15 repeated fast radio bursts (FRBs) from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light years away from Earth.
It’s unclear if the signals, observed over a 30-minute period, emanate from black holes, rotating neutron stars, or if they represent signs of alien life.
Hawking founded the Breakthrough Listen project to investigate — and identify — signs of intelligent life in the universe. Russian internet billionaire Yuri Milner is also behind the initiative.
The 15 signals came from FRB 121102. Astronomers had previously detected radio pulses coming from the same source."
SETI has been looking for this for many years. Can it be that this private project of Hawking and a Russian billionaire might succeed where SETI has not succeeded? pl