Police are looking for a YouTube creator who entered SpaceX’s launch site in South Texas and filmed close-up videos of SpaceX’s SN11 Starship rocket.
In late March, Caesar L. Galaviz got into the Boca Chica base of Elon Musk’s aerospace company without any security stopping him. He filmed himself wandering around the launch site and walking underneath the 16-story-tall prototype Starship. He then uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, which is called Loco VlogS.
Sheriff Eric Garza of Cameron County tweeted on Monday that police had issued an arrest warrant for Galaviz “for intentionally going onto the SpaceX property without their consent.”
Garza said Galaviz’s last known location was Conroe, Texas.
Galaviz later deleted the video, which got five likes and 100 dislikes, but another YouTube account reuploaded the recording on March 31.
Galaviz posted an apology video on April 1, saying his actions were “wrong” and “illegal.”
“In my eyes, in that time of moment, I didn’t really think about that,” he said.
Galaviz told Insider in April that he entered the premises because he thought it would make a good video for his YouTube subscribers. “I hope that the SpaceX community can forgive me for my actions,” he said.
Elon Musk may not be the biggest fan of Warren Buffett, but he might have the investor to thank for his “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig.
“There’s no question that Warren Buffett and other celebrity CEOs – including a real-estate developer named Donald Trump – helped pave the way for Elon Musk to cross over from the corporate world to pop culture,” Dave Ketchen, a management professor at Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business, told Insider.
Buffett became one of the world’s wealthiest people by picking stocks, striking deals, and buying companies. The investor has also transcended corporate America; he’s inspired scores of magazine covers, books, and documentaries, made cameo appearances on episodes of “The Office” and “All My Children,” and continues to star in an animated children’s TV show called “Secret Millionaires Club.”
Musk has followed Buffett in becoming a household name. He’s made cameo appearances on “The Big Bang Theory” and “Iron Man 2,” and has attracted vast amounts of free publicity for his companies and assets such as bitcoin and dogecoin.
“People feel personally invested in Musk and his success,” Ketchen told Insider, emphasizing that many of the executive’s fans watched him turn Tesla from a scrappy startup into a $600 billion company, and reignite mainstream interest in space exploration with SpaceX.
“As corporations continue to grow and represent some of the most powerful and influential organizations in the world, CEOs have become celebrities worthy of attention,” Scott Graffin, a management professor at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, told Insider. As more CEOs realize the value of a public profile, it “almost becomes an arms race” to stand out from the crowd, he added.
Graffin highlighted former General Motors CEO Lee Iaccoca as one of the first celebrity CEOs, and General Electric’s ex-CEO Jack Welch as another major one.
Buffett and Musk are part of the same tradition, leveraging their shared talent for self-promotion to garner global fame and attention. Musk’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” is just the latest example of that trend in action.
SpaceX is launching a mission to the moon in 2022, and has accepted meme cryptocurrency dogecoin as payment to take a payload on the journey.
Geometric Energy Corp, an intellectual property, manufacturing and logistics firm, said on Sunday it had paid Elon Musk’s space company in dogecoin to take a kind of mini space-exploration satellite on the mission.
The mission will be called “DOGE-1 to the Moon”. Geometric Space Corp will collaborate with SpaceX to launch a 40kg satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in the first quarter of 2022.
Musk tweeted: “SpaceX launching satellite Doge-1 to the moon next year. Mission paid for in Doge. 1st crypto in space. 1st meme in space. To the mooooonnn!!”
The token is up more than 20,000% over the last year, according to CoinGecko, despite falling sharply at the weekend. It has been boosted by Musk and other celebrities and has captured the imagination of cryptocurrency enthusiasts.
Analysts said a key driver of the red-hot rally in recent days was Musk’s upcoming performance on “Saturday Night Live.” Many commentators said he could further drive up dogecoin by singing its praises on national TV.
Geometric did not reveal in its statement how much dogecoin it had paid SpaceX as part of the deal.
“Having officially transacted with DOGE for a deal of this magnitude, Geometric Energy Corporation and SpaceX have solidified DOGE as a unit of account for lunar business in the space sector,” Geometric Energy’s chief executive officer Samuel Reid said.
Many regulators have warned cryptocurrencies are highly risky and could plummet to zero. But many analysts have made even stronger warnings about dogecoin, saying the joke token has no use cases and is pure speculation.
Dogecoin recovered some losses on Monday, after Elon Musk announced his SpaceX company will launch the satellite “DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon” next year.
Musk’s commercial-rocket firm will take off on a moon mission in 2022 carrying a mini-satellite used for space research from Geometric Energy Corporation, paid for entirely in dogecoin.
“Having officially transacted with DOGE for a deal of this magnitude, Geometric Energy Corporation and SpaceX have solidified DOGE as a unit of account for lunar business in the space sector,” Samuel Reid, Geometric Energy’s CEO, said in a statement.
The Tesla boss had previously hinted at these plans in a tweet on April Fool’s day, when he said SpaceX plans to put “a literal dogecoin on the literal moon.” That prompted a near-30% spike in its price.
Cryptocurrencies had another volatile weekend thanks to Elon Musk, according to Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at OANDA. “Dogecoin, or as I call it, Pumpanddumpandpumpcoin, enjoyed a 40% range,” he said.
“Having risen on Friday after a Musk tweet with a dog, it fell when he called dogecoin a hustle in a skit on Saturday Night Live, which he hustled. Musk announced he was sending a satellite to the moon, much like Pumpanddumpandpumpcoin’s price action, next year in another tweet today. Dogecoin will likely follow suit,” he added.
The meme coin’s price rebounded by 3% to 55 cents, after trading around 47 cents on Sunday, according to Coinmarketcap data. But it again slipped to around 53 cents in early European trading. It is currently the fourth-most valuable among all cryptocurrencies, with a market cap of $70 billion.
The astronauts of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission – Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – recently returned to Earth after completing the longest spaceflight any US vehicle has ever flown.
During the live Q&A, Glover, who was the pilot of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and second-in-command for the mission, was asked to provide perspective on being the first Black astronaut to embark on a long-duration spaceflight aboard the ISS.
He said: “I’ve been receiving a lot of emails and messages from folks that say, ‘Hey, my kid saw you and they’re so excited and it’s great that he can look at the NASA TV broadcast and see someone that looks like him,’ and I think that’s important.”
He continued: “I think we all need to be able to dream in all colours.”
Though NASA’s astronaut corps have become increasingly diverse throughout the years – there is still more work to be done. A 2020 workforce data report published by NASA shows that 72% of NASA employees are White or Caucasian. 12% are Black or African American, 8% are Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% are Hispanic or Latino; 1% are American Indian or Alaska Native, and less than 1% are more than one race.
“I’m glad to have been in this position,” he said in the virtual Q&A, but added that it wasn’t something he chose.
NASA first included Black Americans in the astronaut program back in the 1960s when Ed Dwight, an Air Force test pilot, was selected as an astronaut candidate. But he never went to space. Instead, Guion S. Bluford became the first Black American to travel to space in 1983 aboard the Challenger space shuttle.
Since then, more African American astronauts have gone to space but not many, despite a much more inclusive selection process than in previous decades.
Glover and his fellow crew members’ return to Earth showed that SpaceX can carry out full-length crew rotations and land humans safely. Last year, the company rocketed NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS for a two-month test flight.
In the more recent mission, the Resilience spaceship, carrying all four crew members, splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:57 a.m. ET. This was the first nighttime splashdown since 1968, as Insider previously reported.
During Elon Musk’s opening monologue as Saturday Night Live host on May 9, he said “I’m making history tonight.”
Musk made history in several ways during the show. He is the only person worth $184 billion – making him the second-most richest man in the world – to host. He is also only the second billionaire CEO to host after Donald Trump, and did so without a background in entertainment.
But Musk did not mention his wealth or companies, including Tesla and SpaceX. He said during his monologue that he was making history as the first person open about having Asperger’s, an autism spectrum disorder where people have “difficulty responding to the body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice of others,” per Medical News Today. Some pointed out the statement was not accurate, as former cast member Dan Aykroyd has Asperger’s and hosted the show in 2003.
Though Musk is known to make inflammatory statements, his appearance on live TV was tame and uncontroversial. NBC gave the world’s second richest man a platform to show a human, sympathetic side with little critique of his massive wealth and power.
Popular comedy shows, like Saturday Night Live, can be a powerful platform for social and political critique and criticism, and that can include poking fun at powerful figures, even guest hosts. But Musk’s SNL episode failed to address his extreme wealth or the power and influence he wields.
As Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to the “Saturday Night Live” stage, competing electric vehicle makers saw an opportunity to advertise.
Lucid Motors, Ford, and Volkswagen each advertised their electric vehicles during the NBC broadcast, according to multiple reports. The Verge reported that the commercials all aired within the first half-hour of the show.
Musk during his opening monologue said he’d “reinvented” electric cars. He also poked fun at Toyota’s Prius.
“One reason I’ve always loved ‘SNL’ is because it’s genuinely live. A lot of people don’t realize that,” he said. “We’re actually live right now, which means I could say something truly shocking, like, ‘I drive a Prius.'”
Volkswagen advertised its VW ID.4, while Ford advertised its Mustang Mach-E, according to USA Today.
After Musk’s opening monologue, there was an ad for Lucid Motors’ upcoming Lucid Air, which is expected to travel up to 500 miles without a charge, Fox Business reported.
CNET reported on Friday that Lucid Motors, founded by a former Tesla employee, had posted a tweet about the commercial. The tweet used the hashtag “#Firstto500.”
Residents of Boca Chica, Texas, a small village that sits just north of the US border with Mexico, say that Elon Musk’s company SpaceX “act like they already own everything” in the area around the site it uses to launch and test rockets.
There are 14 residents of Boca Chica who are not affiliated with SpaceX, according to a Wall Street Journal report. SpaceX has bought at least 112 parcels of land in Boca Chica, according to the report published Friday in the Wall Street Journal.
Seven people who spoke to the WSJ said they wanted more money from SpaceX and Musk to sell their properties than the company had offered them. David Finlay, the senior director of finance at SpaceX, told one couple it would explore a “different route” if they refused to sell their home willingly, the report said.
He told another couple the company would “pursue alternative approaches” if they rejected SpaceX’s offer, according to the report.
SpaceX did not return Insider’s request for comment Saturday on the WSJ report.
Musk in March said he was interested in incorporating the area as Starbase, Texas. To incorporate the village as a town, SpaceX would need to show that there were at least 200 inhabitants, according to the WSJ.
“Please consider moving to Starbase or greater Brownsville/South Padre area in Texas & encourage friends to do so!” Musk said in one tweet. “SpaceX’s hiring needs for engineers, technicians, builders & essential support personnel of all kinds are growing rapidly.”
If successful, the town and its leaders would have access to eminent domain, which could allow them to legally force holdouts to sell their homes.
“They act like they already own everything, including you and your house,” Cheryl Stevens told the Wall Street Journal. She said she sold her home to the company in October last year because she could no longer deal with living near the launch site.
When launches don’t go according to plan, residents who remain told the outlet they experience broken windows, debris, and brush fires. While the company offers to put up residents in hotels in South Padre Island, a nearby resort town, residents told the WSJ that they have to pay for their own gas for the 40-mile trip.
Residents also complained about the company’s closure of state Highway 4 “often with confusing and inadequate prior notifications and last-minute changes and revocations,” according to the report.
State lawmakers in Texas in 2013 passed legislation allowing officials in Cameron County, where Boca Chica is located, to close public beach access for SpaceX launch activity, according to the report.
Closing the road prevents residents from accessing 8 miles of beach, National Wildlife Refuge, and land in a state park, the WSJ reported. The highway is the only road that leads to the village, according to the report.
Residents told the WSJ they felt that county officials were working with SpaceX to get them to leave their properties.
“We want SpaceX to succeed, but not at the expense of the community,” Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño told the WSJ, denying those accusations. “If they think they’ll be able to take over the highway or the beach, they’re mistaken.”
It was recently announced that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk would be making his hosting debut on “Saturday Night Live” on May 8. The decision apparently caused a disconnect with cast members, who took to Twitter to express their opinions.
Behind-the-scenes tension is still present in the hours ahead of the show, according to the New York Post. An unnamed industry source who said they know the show intimately told the outlet the new cast “are getting a little too big for their britches.”
The criticism from cast members came after the announcement that Musk would host the show. The CEO then tweeted: “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is.”
American actor and cast member on “SNL”, Bowen Yang, replied: “What the f-k does this even mean?” but then later deleted his tweet. Aidy Bryant also deleted a post that took a swipe at Musk.
But the source added that guests can “tweet and do whatever they want on social media … they weren’t told to take down their messages.”
“If they were elsewhere, they would have been suspended [for tweeting], but they can do whatever they want. [Producer Lorne Michaels] has never said to anybody they have to turn up for a show,” said the industry source, in reference to the cast.
As Insider previously reported, cast members were told they won’t be forced to act alongside Musk if they don’t want to. But no cast members have pulled out of the show yet.
Opinions on guests are not only limited to Musk, however. It was also revealed to the Post that cast members were unhappy with country music star, Morgan Wallen, when he made his “SNL” debut in December. This came two months after he was disinvited from the show for breaking the show’s quarantine rules.
But the industry source added that, ultimately, Michaels is the man in charge: “Not everyone [on the show] agrees about what is funny or who should host, but Lorne is the decision-maker and the buck stops with him.”
“None of the original cast were exactly shrinking violets … if Bill Murray or John Belushi had social media back then, they would not be afraid to express their opinions,” the source added.
Saturday Night Live dropped a promotional video on Thursday for Elon Musk’s SNL episode, set for this weekend.
Tesla and SpaceX’s CEO will be hosting the comedy sketch show with Miley Cyrus as musical guest on May 8.
The video provides a peek into what Musk’s performance might look like, as it will be his debut on the show and one of his first major media appearances. In the past, Musk has been included in brief cameos on Iron Man 2, South Park, and The Simpsons, but he’s mostly shied away from live television.
Musk is joined in the video by Cyrus, as well as SNL cast member Cecily Strong. In the video, Musk highlights the unknowns that come with bringing the controversial billionaire onto the show.
“I’m a wild card, so there’s no telling what I may do,” he said from behind his trademark bandana face mask.
Musk and Cyrus took to social media to promote the May 8 episode.
His scheduled appearance on the popular comedy show had been wrought with controversy since it was announced in April. Some cast members took to social media to express concern about appearing alongside the billionaire. On Saturday, Page Six reported that cast members could opt out of the episode.