A SpaceX fanatic created a website to find out when Starlink satellites were visible in his location. After 5 days, it went viral. You can use it to see where to look and how long for.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk next to a picture of Starlink satellites in the night sky
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk pictured next to Starlink satellites in the night sky.

  • More Starlink satellites can be spotted in the night skies as SpaceX expands the service further.
  • SpaceX fanatics use a website called “Find Starlink” to check when they can see the satellites.
  • The creator of Find Starlink said it got 500,000 requests within its first five days of launching.
If you spot a chain of bright lights in the night sky, chances are they’re Starlink satellites

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60 of the Starlink Internet communication satellites of Elon Musk’s SpaceX private spaceflight company seen in the night sky.

More people across the world are reporting sightings of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites, which tend to resemble a chain of fairy lights zooming across the night sky.

This is no surprise considering the rate at which SpaceX are launching satellites into orbit via its Falcon 9 rocket. The company have blasted off 16 Falcon 9 rockets this year with a maximum of 60 satellites per launch.

Elon Musk’s space firm has currently more than 1,500 satellites in orbit and aims to get up to 42,000 up there by mid-2027.

Most recently, Starlink satellites have been spotted over the UK, Ireland, and cities in the US, including ArizonaCalifornia, and Los Angeles.

Find Starlink allows space fanatics to check when they can next see Starlink satellites pass over their location

Screenshot of the Find Starlink page where you can see when Starlink satellites are visible
Screenshot of the Find Starlink page

For those who are interested in spotting Starlink satellites, Find Starlink can give you a good idea of when SpaceX’s spacecraft will be visible in your location.

Users can choose from a multitude of cities across the world to check out when and where to look for Starlink satellites.

The creator of Find Starlink, who prefers to remain anonymous online, told Insider he launched the website two years ago for himself, his brother, and a friend living in different parts of the world.

“Find Starlink was created three days after the first Starlink launch (24 May, 2019) because I wanted to see the Starlink train and none of the existing websites tracked Starlink at that point,” said the creator.

“I saw some unbelievable images of the Starlink train from the first Starlink launch, and wanted to see it with my own eyes,” he added.

The website, which he made in one evening, got half a million requests within its first five days of launching, the creator said.

He has received emails from people who helped build on Apollo rockets and those who have requested ruling out UFO sightings, he said.

 

After selecting a location, a list of dates and times appear advising you where to look to spot Starlink satellites

Screenshot of Find Starlink's website
Screenshot of Find Starlink’s website

Once you have typed in your location, the site will show timings with good, average, and poor visibility around that area. It tells you which direction to look in, how long the satellites will be noticeable for, and the elevation.

Find Starlink warns users that the timings are not 100% accurate as the orbit of the satellites can change.

“I prefer to keep user expectations and hype low, so I’d say ‘try it at your own risk,’ and ‘don’t blame me if you waited outside in the cold and saw nothing,'” the creator said.

The website is accurate four to five days after SpaceX launch a new batch of Starlink satellites, he said, adding that he receives a lot of emails about successful sightings on a daily basis.

One week after the launch, it’s tricky to predict where the satellites will be because they are assigned to their level orbit where they are less reflective and more difficult to see from the ground, the creator said.

This is called “rolling behaviour,” when SpaceX reduce the brightness of the satellites between 300 km to 550 km altitude to not disturb astronomers, he said.

You can also choose specific coordinates to check for Starlink satellites

Screenshot of Find Starlink
Screenshot of coordinates on Find Starlink

If your area isn’t listed, you can type in the longitude and latitude of the location to check when Starlink satellites will zoom overhead.

The live map shows where the Starlink satellites are in real time

Screenshot of Find Starlink's Live Map
Screenshot of Find Starlink’s Live Map

So, how does it work?

After collecting some calculations off the Reddit SpaceX community, the creator said he put a simple program together to predict timings of the Starlink satellites. From this, he made Find Starlink.

The website tracks the “leader” of each Starlink satellite train and predicts its path as all the other satellites will follow behind.

Every minute of the first five days after the launch, the site calculates a triangle between the Sun, the satellite and the location to calculate how good the visibility is going to be in that area, the creator said.

The website then ranks the predicted visibility into “good”, “average” and “poor” based on the calculations. 

 

 

Starlink satellites are becoming less visible as SpaceX has darkened them to avoid disrupting the night sky

Screenshot of a pop-up on Find Starlink's website
Screenshot of a pop-up on Find Starlink’s website.

Astronomers have become increasingly frustrated with Starlink satellites as their bright lights jeopardize astronomical research by obscuring the stars and leaving bright streaks across their images.

In response, SpaceX added darkening sun visors to its Starlink internet satellites, making them almost invisible to the naked eye.

This means it’s harder for Find Starlink to track the satellites.

A few weeks after a SpaceX launch when the satellites are assigned in orbit, a pop-up may show on the website saying that Starlink satellites aren’t visible at the moment as SpaceX has “reduced [the satellites’] brightness to avoid disturbing astronomers.” 

But once SpaceX blasts another batch of satellites into orbit, Find Starlink says they’ll be much easier to spot in the first three to four days.

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SpaceX’s dearMoon mission has pitted two brothers against each other. One of the siblings said he was shocked to learn they were both competing for a seat on the flight.

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Charlie Denison-Pender (left) trying on one of two exact replicas of Neil Armstrong’s space suit next to his brother Max.

  • Two British brothers are competing for a seat on SpaceX’s all-civilian flight round the moon.
  • The pair applied separately, later discovering they’d be competing against each other.
  • “I wasn’t expecting him to want to go to the moon,” said one of the brothers about his sibling.
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Sometimes competition is healthy – but perhaps less so when you’ve unknowingly pitted yourself against your own sibling to take part in a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

Max and Charlie Denison-Pender are two brothers locked in rivalry for a place on Elon Musk’s first civilian flight round the moon, which is slated for 2023. The trip is poised to last six days: three days to get to the moon and loop round the back of it, and three days to return to Earth.

It was first announced in 2018 that SpaceX planned to launch a private passenger named Yusaku Maezawa around the moon.

Earlier this year, Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire, released more details: he would be chartering the flight, now known as the dearMoon project, and was seeking eight people to join him.

He then announced an open competition for people to apply for the tickets. Originally, Maezawa said he would give the seats to artists but is now broadening the search.

The application process is simple and involves filling out a form that asks for basic information like name, email address, and country. It also asks the applicant which of Maezawa’s social media accounts they follow.

Eager to acquire a seat on the flight, both brothers entered the competition – separately.

Amid a few giggles, Charlie told Insider: “I wasn’t expecting him to want to go to the moon and things because I’ve always been the one interested in space. I guess he has too – but unknown to me.”

When asked about their rivalry, Charlie said: “We’re competitive, but in a very friendly way.”

For Charlie, though, entering the competition means more than just traveling on a historic flight round the moon. As a student of aerospace engineering at Brunel University, Charlie has ambitions to transform the future of travel beyond Earth.

“The reason why I’m interested in going on the flight is because one day I hope to start a space airliner,” he said.

He added that space travel, in his view, will mimic the nature of commercial travel in the future. He hopes to be one of the first people to contribute to that development. “Going on this trip would provide me with raw inspiration, adventure, but also a first-hand look into the sort of standards that you need to be meeting for commercial space travel.”

Meanwhile, Max, an artist, has been hard at work on his end-of-year exhibition. His interest in flying to the moon came as a complete shock to Charlie, given his creative background.

When asked how he’d feel if Max won the seat instead of him, Charlie answered: “I’d be secretly quite annoyed but also very happy for him at the same time.”

But such travels are not without risks. Although a SpaceX Starship prototype did finally land successfully this month, there have also been several failed landings. One recent incident involved a rocket exploding upon landing, which sent debris flying in the air.

Then, this month, pieces of a runaway Chinese rocket crashed down on the Indian Ocean. Although it was unmanned, it still highlights the dangers of space travel.

But Charlie seemed unbothered. “Generally, I’m pretty confident in Elon Musk and SpaceX, because he’s been doing groundbreaking things for a long time and throughout the Starship prototypes and the testing, you can see the progress each time,” he said.

He added: “I’ve always been quite adventurous and a bit of a risk-taker so even if there was a risk, I would still do it because I’m passionate about it. So, not too worried about things like that.”

As previously reported by Insider, Maezawa said the mission will include 10 to 12 people in total, including the eight civilians he will select.

The eight crew members will be chosen at the end of June and training will begin shortly thereafter, the website for applications said. Preparation for the mission will last until “lift off,” which is scheduled for the first part of 2023.

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SpaceX has been selected by Firefly Aerospace to send its Blue Ghost lander to the moon in 2023

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SpaceX launches its first super heavy-lift Starship SN8 rocket during a test.

  • SpaceX has been awarded a contract by Texas-based aerospace firm Firefly.
  • The task order requires SpaceX to launch Firefly’s Blue Ghost moon lander in 2023.
  • The lander will be propelled into space by a Falcon 9 rocket.
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SpaceX has been selected by aerospace company Firefly to fly its Blue Ghost lunar lander to the moon in 2023, on a Falcon 9 rocket.

Blue Ghost will be carrying 10 payloads for NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services. The mission forms part of a $93.3 million task order, as well as separately contracted commercial payloads, the space agency reported.

In an announcement, Shea Ferring, Firefly’s SVP of Spacecraft, said: “Firefly is excited to fly our Blue Ghost spacecraft on the highly reliable Falcon 9, which will deliver NASA instruments and technology demonstration payloads that support NASA science goals and NASA’s Artemis program.”

She added: “The high performance of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle permits a lunar transit using minimal Blue Ghost propulsion resources, thereby allowing the lander to deliver more than 150 kg of payload to the lunar surface.”

The NASA deal, which was agreed in February, involves the delivery of 10 research payloads, as part of the agency’s mission to conduct experiments and other technology demonstrations on the moon to investigate surface conditions.

Texas-based Firefly is yet to launch anything but in June, it hopes to conduct rocket testing for small satellite launches, Space.com reported.

Named after a rare type of firefly species, Blue Ghost will land at Mare Crisium in the moon’s Crisium basin and conduct operations for a complete lunar day, which is about 14 days on Earth.

Tom Markusic, Firefly’s CEO, said in a blogpost: “Firefly is excited to leverage the performance and reliability of Falcon 9 to propel Blue Ghost on the first phase of its journey to the Moon.”

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SpaceX is causing a rift between Brownsville residents. Some say it’s shattering the lives of locals but others are welcoming the economic boom its created.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gives a presentation on his Starship rocket at their Boca Chica spaceport launch facility.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gives a presentation on his Starship rocket at their Boca Chica spaceport launch facility.

  • Brownsville residents are divided as SpaceX sets up its main launch facilities close to the area.
  • Some locals are excited for Elon Musk to create job opportunities and pump money into the city.
  • Others are concerned SpaceX will displace locals, hike prices, and destroy the nature reserves.
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Residents of Brownsville, a small city in Texas, are divided. Their town is now home to SpaceX’s rocket-production facilities, which only promises to grow bigger.

Some locals told Insider they’re at their wits’ end with SpaceX as the aerospace company sets off explosions and pushes locals out of the area. But others see it as a positive impact on the economy and residents’ wellbeing.

Brownsville, which lies 20 miles west of SpaceX’s launch facilities on the Gulf Coast, is known for being one of the poorest areas in the US. The 300,000-person city also has a very high unemployment rate.

When SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted at the end of March that he was donating $30 million to Brownsville – $20 million to schools and $10 million for revitalization – it split the city.

Musk also announced that he was building a new city called Starbase at SpaceX’s launch facilities which would be “much larger” than Boca Chica Village, where the company is developing its Starship rocket.

Brownsville’s mayor Trey Mendez was surprised at Musk’s announcement and said in an interview with KSAT 12 it was “exciting” that the community could have the chance to become the face of “space exploration and innovation.”

Mendez said he hoped Musk’s capital would help “accelerate the progress [in Brownsville] even more.”

But there is division between those living in the south Texas city. Some are concerned that SpaceX’s developments will be devastating for the people, nature, and ecosystems there. Others welcome the job opportunities, economic prosperity, and modernization that Musk’s company could bring to the town.

SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Dangerous explosions

Every time a rocket blows up on the launchpad, it hurls debris into the nearby nature sanctuaries in the area. SpaceX has witnessed four out of five of its Starship prototypes explode, meaning that metals and pieces of machinery are lying in areas that have never been disturbed before.

“These ecosystems are our community’s lifeblood,” said Bekah Hinojosa, resident of Brownsville and member of Another Gulf is Possible, an organization working on environmental issues along the southern Gulf Coast.

“SpaceX explosions are littering our ecosystems, home to the endangered ocelot, aplomado falcon, and numerous migratory birds,” she said.

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Pieces of debris are scattered near Boca Chica, Texas, after the explosion of an uncrewed prototype of SpaceX’s Starship rocket, March 31, 2021.

Xandra Treviño is a member of the art collective Las Imaginistas. It’s an initiative that aims to connect with officials and lower-income residents in the Rio Grande Valley, where Brownsville is situated, to improve quality of life. As a resident, she told Insider that she’s already seeing the negative effects of SpaceX in the area.

“Any SpaceX expansion would be occupying more land considered sacred to the local indigenous Carrizo Comecrudo tribe,” Treviño said, who lives in the area.

Residents face disruption every time they’re told to leave their homes before a SpaceX launch, she added.

SpaceX jobs aren’t for the locals

In March, Musk encouraged people to move to the Brownsville area, saying that SpaceX needs specific jobs in engineering, tech, and other sectors.

Residents felt that Musk’s Twitter callout, however, wasn’t directed at them, but instead anyone in the US who wanted a career at SpaceX.

Claudia Michelle Serrano, a digital content coordinator for Las Imaginistas, who lives in Brownsville told Insider that Musk’s job proposals via Twitter were offered on a national level to those interested in working for the space company.

“The jobs being created aren’t for us,” she said. “There is zero transparency on the jobs SpaceX created locally.”

Jobs in Brownsville are low-wage, meaning that residents on those salaries won’t be able to keep up with increasing costs in the city, according to Serrano.

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Spectators gather to watch SpaceX roll out the SN11 prototype.

Christine Leal, a 17-year-old high school student living in the Rio Grande Valley, told Insider that although her dream is to work for SpaceX after studying engineering at university, she’s worried about “the immense danger,” which the company will bring to the area.

Pulling in engineers from outside of the valley will lead residents to be financially disadvantaged and pushed out of their homes, she said. “There’s a large probability that [Musk] will further develop Brownsville, but neglect the locals who were already here.”

Leal said although the company’s project will be amazing for the local economy, “Elon and SpaceX need to make sure that locals have a role in that development and don’t push us aside. If he doesn’t, then we risk losing our culture, land, customs, and traditions.”

SpaceX could drive residents out of Brownsville

Low-income residents could be forced to leave their homes due to spiking prices caused by SpaceX’s presence in the area, locals told Insider.

Musk announced the construction of SpaceX’s facilities in 2014. Since then, the cost of living in the area has gradually increased as more people from across the US flock to Brownsville to work for the billionaire.

If the city of Starbase goes ahead, the small village and its leaders would have access to eminent domain, which could let them legally force holdouts to sell their homes, Insider reported May 8.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk visited Boca Chica Beach in South Texas to break ground on a new spaceport and launch site on September 22, 2014.

“The biggest concern is displacement,” said Serrano. “Our home could be lost with rapidly increasing taxes or others who rent will be priced out.”

Investors have been rushing to Brownsville to buy homes, sending house prices rocketing, Insider reported in April. But many residents aren’t able to afford these prices, leaving them with a tough decision of whether to stay in the area or not.

Serrano said this could have a huge impact on the Buena Vida area of downtown Brownsville, a historically immigrant and Spanish speaking area.

Many of the locals who spoke to Insider believe the local leaders have a lot to answer for. Freddy Jimenez, editor of media platform Trucha, told us the leaders of Cameron County and City of Brownsville don’t represent the everyday people living in the area as they look to profit from the space company’s developments. Conversations between the representatives and SpaceX have been kept under the wraps, he added.

“Working people, community members, indigenous people, and the beautiful ecology of the region is being put at risk and exploited,” Jimenez said. “Shame on our local leaders and shame on the interests they serve.”

SpaceX controls beach access and fishing

Robert Avitia, who was born and raised in Brownsville, still lives in the city where he runs his business. He thinks that SpaceX has done wonders by pumping more money into the area.

Although Avitia believes there are more positives than negatives with Musk coming to Brownsville, he agrees that rocket debris in the wildlife sanctuaries and the closing off of Boca Chica beach are serious issues in the community.

Boca Chica beach was a place where people could hang out whenever they wanted, Avitia told Insider.

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The SN10 lands in one piece on SpaceX’s Boca Chica landing pad, in this screengrab from the test flight livestream.

“Now it’s controlled. You can’t get in and out whenever you want to. It’s only when they allow it, based on what’s happening at SpaceX,” he said.

The beach was a big part of the culture in the area. Avitia recalled the fond memories he had with his father of coming down to the beach to fish. Now, SpaceX sometimes doesn’t allow people to fish as it’s too close to the facilities.

Hinojosa, who raised concerns about rocket litter earlier in this report, also said SpaceX closing off the beach access for locals threatens people’s livelihoods by preventing people from fishing and feeding their families, and enjoying the beach.

Some residents see the positive side

But Avitia is one of the many people who welcome SpaceX’s expansion in Brownsville. Beforehand, the city was a “ghost town” with little to offer, he said. Now, it’s become more modern as new restaurants and businesses pop up on the streets, the tourism sector grows, and highways are updated he added.

“There is division here,” he said. “You have people that are just comfortable and don’t want to change… I hate to say this but the ones that want to stay comfortable are going to lose, they’re going to miss out.”

Restricting access to the beach and fishing comes with change, said Avitia.

“[Musk] donating money was like him saying, “Hey, I’m here to help. I’m not here to take away. I’m here to help.” And I truly believe he’s here to help,” he added.

Four other people who spoke to Insider said they were also excited about Brownsville being the home of SpaceX.

One of them, Rudy Guzman, a lifelong resident of Brownsville, told Insider that SpaceX is exactly what the city needs “to attract outside investors and grow our local economy.” Others said it would motivate children and make a huge improvement to education.

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‘Big Short’ investor Michael Burry trolls Elon Musk by backing a SpaceX rival

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Michael Burry and Elon Musk

  • Michael Burry bet against two of Elon Musk’s companies last quarter.
  • “The Big Short” investor bought Tesla puts and backed Rocket Lab, a SpaceX rival.
  • Burry may be trolling Musk with his Rocket Lab wager.
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Michael Burry is betting against Elon Musk, one of the world’s richest and most powerful men, on two fronts. The contrarian investor didn’t just buy options that pay off if Tesla’s stock falls, he also backed one of SpaceX’s biggest rivals.

Burry’s Scion Asset Management revealed this week that it bought bearish put options against 800,100 Tesla shares last quarter. It also snapped up 462,000 shares in Vector Acquisition that were worth $5.5 million at the end of March.

Vector is a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that struck a deal in March to buy Rocket Lab, a business that designs and manufactures rockets to carry satellites and other cargo into space. Rocket Lab’s flagship Electron rocket is second only to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in annual launches, and the upstart is venturing further into Musk’s sphere by developing reusable and crewed rockets.

Read more: SPACs are racing against the clock to strike a deal, and some will likely have to settle for a less-than-ideal business to buy

Burry might be genuinely bullish on Rocket Lab’s prospects, but it’s much more likely that he’s trolling Musk. The Scion chief is skeptical of SPACs, mostly invests in value stocks like Kraft Heinz, and probably isn’t on board with Rocket Lab’s targeted public valuation of $4.1 billion – an astounding four times its projected revenue in 2026.

The investor has also targeted Musk before. He announced he was short Tesla in December, and suggested Musk capitalize on the automaker’s “ridiculous” stock price by issuing more shares. He later compared the hype around Tesla to the dot-com and housing bubbles, telling shareholders to “enjoy it while it lasts.”

Burry also dismissed Tesla’s $1.5 billion purchase of bitcoin earlier this year as “digital confetti,” intended to distract from the company’s clash with Chinese regulators over car-quality issues.

Read more: Arrival’s chief led its hot $13 billion SPAC but now predicts the Wall Street craze will slow down after the initial frenzy

The Scion boss shot to fame after his billion-dollar bet against the US housing bubble was featured in the book and the movie “The Big Short.” Burry also helped pave the way for the meme-stock boom earlier this year – his GameStop investment in 2019 and letters to the company’s board stoked enthusiasm among retail investors.

Burry warned of mass speculation in markets earlier this year, highlighting Tesla, the GameStop buying frenzy, bitcoin, and Robinhood as examples. He vowed to stop tweeting in mid-March, citing a visit from federal regulators, and deleted his Twitter profile in April.

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SpaceX blasted another 52 Starlink internet satellites and 2 payloads into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket, which landed perfectly

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39-A at Kennedy Space Center.

  • SpaceX launched another 52 Starlink internet satellites into orbit on Saturday.
  • Two rideshare payloads were also on board the Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster.
  • The launch took place at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 6:56 p.m. EDT.
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A SpaceX rocket on Saturday launched another 52 Starlink satellites into orbit as well as two rideshare payloads, before executing a flawless landing at sea.

It was the eighth flight for this particular Falcon 9, which also lifted NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station, last year.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk plans to eventually have more than 40,000 satellites transmitting internet service for users on Earth. It is working towards a mid-2027 deadline. At present, the Starlink beta service has about 10,000 customers, as Insider reported.

The rocket shot up from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:56 pm EDT, marking SpaceX’s 15th Starlink launch of the year. The full launch can be watched on SpaceX’s website.

About nine minutes after liftoff, the rocket’s first stage returned to Earth following stage separation and landed on SpaceX’s droneship, “Of Course I Still Love You,” in the Atlantic Ocean.

It was a windy day on the coast but blue skies over the launch pad made for a spectacular show.

Musk’s ambition for his Starlink business is to create a high-speed satellite internet service that stretches across the world and provides connection to rural and underserved communities.

Starlink’s public beta test, known as “Better Than Nothing Beta,” has been popular with those living in remote areas of northern US, where it was first rolled out.

The company is also holding discussions with British officials about expanding Starlink to rural areas, as part of the country’s $6.9 billion “Project Gigabit” plan.

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‘Elon Musk Phd’ is named as the director of a UK company called Elonspace Ltd on an official business register

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SpaceX and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk.

  • A filing on UK’s official business register revealed a new firm called Elonspace Ltd.
  • It lists the same birth month and nationality as the Tesla and SpaceX CEO.
  • The contact address, however, is a London tower building located used for student accommodation.
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A recent finding on UK’s official business register, Companies House, revealed a new company called Elonspace Ltd with a sole director under the name of “Elon Musk Phd.”

The entry records the same birth month and nationality as the Tesla and SpaceX CEO.

Other details, such as their UK-based location and country of residence, differ from Musk’s. As Bloomberg reported, the business mogul quit his doctorate program after two days and never earned a PhD.

The contact address of ElonSpace Ltd is a tower building located in West London, which is used for student accommodation. The company is described as being active in computer facility management, IT and data processing.

While it has not been possible to uncover the identity of Elonspace Ltd’s owner, Bloomberg reported that the company was registered in the UK the same week as posts on social media began promoting a crypto token by that name.

“We can not reveal any classified information about the company, nor the people involved,” a representative for the crypto company told Bloomberg. “This would violate our NDA,” they added.

One of Companies House’s main purposes is to register company information and make it available to the public. It is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, its website states.

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Elon Musk’s net worth plummets by $25 billion after a tumultuous week

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Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk

Elon Musk’s net worth dropped by $25 billion within the week Tesla stopped accepting bitcoin payments, which sent Tesla shares lower, and after the billionaire hosted Saturday Night Live.

The billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s net worth fell to $159 billion on May 13 from $184 billion on May 9, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Tesla announced earlier this week it would stop accepting bitcoin payments for cars due to the use of fossil fuels in crypto mining. Musk, who has advocated for investing in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Dogecoin, said he still “strongly believes” in crypto, but it “can’t drive an increase in fossil fuel use.”

Tesla shares tumbled all week following the announcement, and bitcoin plunged as much as 15%. Dogecoin dropped during Elon Musk’s SNL debut, but rebounded later in the week.

Read more: Tesla quickly went from tiny startup to world’s most valuable carmaker. These 13 leaders control its future.

Tesla also got hit with a class-action lawsuit on May 14, filed by a Solar Roof customer who said the company increased the price of his roof by $70,000 more than the agreed-upon contract.

Musk’s net worth began dropping after his SNL gig on May 8, which was surprisingly tame. His net worth remained consistent in the week before his SNL hosting gig, after dipping by $10 billion in April.

Tesla faced another setback on May 13 after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into a fatal Tesla crash in California. The vehicle safety agency told Reuters it previously had 28 probes into Tesla crashes, with 24 still under investigation.

Meanwhile, SpaceX, Musk’s other company, revealed the plan for its first Starship rocket orbital test flight on Thursday after successfully launching and landing a prototype for the first time this year.

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SpaceX’s Starship rocket is set to splash-land into the ocean near Hawaii in its first flight around the Earth, FCC filings show

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Starship SN15 and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

  • The first orbital test of SpaceX’s Starship is set to launch from Texas and splash down off the coast of Hawaii.
  • The trip around the Earth is scheduled to take around 90 minutes, FCC filings showed.
  • The Starship rocket will launch on the Super Heavy booster, which will carry it into orbit, SpaceX’s filings said.
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SpaceX is planning for its first Starship rocket orbital test flight to launch from Texas and splash down off the coast of Hawaii, according to the company’s filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday.

Over the past year, SpaceX has launched five prototypes of its Starship rocket into the skies. The first four burst into flames on landing, but the fifth test flight, with Starship serial No. 15, or SN15, proved successful. This allowed SpaceX to move to the next step of Elon Musk’s goal to reach Mars.

The company’s FCC filings said the test flight, comprised of the Starship rocket and a Super Heavy booster, would blast off from SpaceX’s launch facilities in Boca Chica, Texas. It did not give a projected launch date. The plan is for the booster to separate from the rocket nearly three minutes into the flight, and return to land roughly 20 miles from shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, the Starship rocket is set to continue into orbit, the filing said. SpaceX plans for it to travel almost all the way around the Earth before plummeting back into the atmosphere, and splashing down in the Pacific Ocean around 62 miles off the northwest coast of Kauai, one of the Hawaiian Islands.

The orbital test flight should last around 90 minutes, the filing said.

Read more: SpaceX may want to launch 42,000 internet satellites – about 5 times more spacecraft than humanity has ever flown

The five prototypes the aerospace company has already launched were the upper stage of a two-part rocket system for Starship. Now that the 16-story upper stage is able to reach high altitude smoothly, SpaceX will add on a 23-story booster called Super Heavy.

The Super Heavy booster will try to heave the nearly 400 feet tall spaceship towards orbit.

SpaceX’s ultimate goal is for the Starship to carry humans into low-Earth orbit, to the moon, and to Mars, then return to Earth to repeat the journey again. In April, NASA awarded SpaceX an exclusive contract to land the first humans on the moon since 1972.

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Police issue an arrest warrant for a YouTuber who got into SpaceX’s Texas launch site and filmed the Starship rocket

Elon Musk Starship
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk next to a Starship rocket prototype.

  • Police have issued an arrest warrant for a YouTuber who got into a SpaceX facility in South Texas in March.
  • Caesar L. Galaviz filmed himself walking around the SpaceX launch site, and got close to the Starship SN11 rocket.
  • The sheriff of Cameron County said an arrest warrant has been issued for Galaviz.
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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 recorded videos with the Starship prototype days before it burst into flames when landing during a test flight. The rocket was on stilts, so Galaviz couldn’t touch it.

This was the fourth Starship rocket to explode – but SpaceX’s most recent Starship test, on May 5, was successful.

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.

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