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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially bans sales of Tesla

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially bans sales of Tesla

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 21 (UPI) --Rick Snyder signed into law Tuesday a bill banning direct manufacturer auto-sales, effectively criminalizing Tesla's entire sales model in Michigan.
Matt Bradwell
Tesla could face sales ban in Michigan

Tesla could face sales ban in Michigan

DETROIT, Oct. 17 (UPI) --Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is contemplating signing a bill that would ban Tesla to sell directly in the state in order to protect dealerships.
Aileen Graef
Video: Tesla shows off self-driving cars, investors unimpressed as stock falls

Video: Tesla shows off self-driving cars, investors unimpressed as stock falls

HAWTHORNE, Calif., Oct. 10 (UPI) --Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new "D" version of the Model S, with AWD and autopilot options that allow the electric car to partially drive itself.
Matt Bradwell
Sierra Nevada Corp. fighting NASA to try to bring astronauts to space

Sierra Nevada Corp. fighting NASA to try to bring astronauts to space

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) --The Dream Chaser spacecraft by Sierra Nevada Corp. could soon bring astronauts to space on a Stratolaunch plane.
Thor Benson
Elon Musk promises next Tesla cars will have 'autopilot' capabilities

Elon Musk promises next Tesla cars will have 'autopilot' capabilities

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) --In an interview with CNN Money, Musk said Tesla's new cars, set to be unveiled in 2015, will feature self-driving technology.
Brooks Hays
SpaceX breaks ground on commercial launch site in Texas

SpaceX breaks ground on commercial launch site in Texas

BROWNSFIELD, Texas, Sept. 23 (UPI) --At a groundbreaking ceremony for SpaceX's planned commercial spaceport in Texas, Elon Musk promised it would transform its small stretch of the Gulf Coast.
Brooks Hays
WATCH: SpaceX is not only taking a 3D printer to space, but mice too

WATCH: SpaceX is not only taking a 3D printer to space, but mice too

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) --SpaceX launched its cargo ship carrying a 3D printer and mice to go to the International Space Station on Sunday.
Thor Benson
WATCH: NASA to award contracts to SpaceX and Boeing to fly astronauts to space

WATCH: NASA to award contracts to SpaceX and Boeing to fly astronauts to space

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) --NASA is set to announce its decision to award coveted contracts to bring human space flight back to U.S. soil to both Boeing and SpaceX on Tuesday.
Gabrielle Levy
NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station

NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) --NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station
Thor Benson
Elon Musk responds to full-page ad written by Tesla owners

Elon Musk responds to full-page ad written by Tesla owners

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) --Two "very highly satisfied" Tesla owners took out a full-page ad in a local newspaper with suggested improvements to which Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded.
Aileen Graef
SpaceX rocket explodes in test flight over Texas

SpaceX rocket explodes in test flight over Texas

MCGREGOR, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) --A Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX exploded during a test flight over Texas.
Danielle Haynes
Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg: I'll take the ice bucket challenge, and improve it

Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg: I'll take the ice bucket challenge, and improve it

SEATTLE, Aug. 15 (UPI) --Microsoft founder Bill Gates responded to Mark Zuckerberg's ice bucket challenge by "improving" upon it and challenging other prominent innovators to take part.
Matt Bradwell
UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
By United Press International
SpaceX launches commercial satellite AsiaSat8

SpaceX launches commercial satellite AsiaSat8

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) --SpaceX took a break from launching resupply missions to the International Space Station in order to put a new commercial satellite into orbit.
Brooks Hays
Tesla to launch $35K Model 3 in 2017, targets BMW 3 Series

Tesla to launch $35K Model 3 in 2017, targets BMW 3 Series

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 16 (UPI) --Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed a media report that the company's next car will be based on the Model X SUV and will be called the Model 3, selling for $35,000.
Ananth Baliga
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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) tours the commercial rocket processing facility of Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, along with Elon Musk, SpacdeX CEO at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 15, 2010. President Obama visited the Kennedy Space Center to deliver remarks on the new course the administration is charting to maintain U.S. leadership in human space flight. UPI/Bill Ingalls/NASA
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Elon Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-American engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. According to Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man movies, Musk is the inspiration for his and Robert Downey Jr.'s interpretation of Tony Stark.

Musk was born and raised in South Africa, the son of a South African engineer and a Canadian mother who worked as a New York City dietitian and model. Musk bought his first computer at age 10 and taught himself how to program; by the age of 12 he sold his first commercial software for about $500, a space game called Blastar.

After matriculating at Pretoria Boys High School he left home in 1988 at the age of 17, without his parents' support and in part because of the prospect of compulsory service in the South African military: "I don't have an issue with serving in the military per se, but serving in the South African army suppressing black people just didn't seem like a really good way to spend time." He wanted to move to the US, saying: "It is where great things are possible."

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