Forget self-driving mutant vehicles with A.I. adaptive blinky lights. #woke Burners leave the Playa for space.
Why have hours stuck in Exodus when you can have a countdown from 10 and you’re outta there? “Come chill back at my moon base” is the new “I have a place on the Lake at Tahoe”. All you need is a Space VISA to pay for a few of those 1200-ton orbital refills of SpaceGas.
Starship is a bold and remarkable vision from Billionaire Burner Elon Musk. He says they’ll be flying these into space in 6 months, plenty of time for Burning Man 2020.
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An historic moment, Burners should be proud that someone in our community is getting shit done on this level. Kudos to you, Mr Musk – this is the most inspiring thing I’ve seen in my lifetime. A gigayacht is no longer the ultimate plaything for the well-funded adventurer.
The Black Rock Desert was being used as one of the best sites in the world for amateur rocket launches before Burning Man came along – and still is.
There’s also a history of rocket cars in the Black Rock Desert. RAF Pilot Andy Green set the world land speed record there on October 15 1997 in his car Thrust SSC, breaking the speed of sound in a car for the first time in history. Burning Man was held at a different location that year.
Except Musk doesn’t have a business/profit model for a Moon or Mars base. It’s a ‘build it and they will come’ hope. It’s also similar to the Underpants Gnomes’ profit plan: Phase 1, collect underpants. Phase 2, ?. Phase 3, profit.
Fuel can be extracted from Mars, and governments might pay for some science projects. But I can’t imagine how an entire Mars city can be self-sustaining without some kind of blackmarket for fuel and science experiments trading, water as a commodity etc… trading cigarettes for a can of Spam or sex.
The money is in a von Braun artificial gravity space station (at least at first). They could sell to tourists and it would blow the ISS out of the sky, literally.