When Did Elon Musk Have Time To Guest On The Simpsons?

Yes, Elon Musk does guest as himself on tonight’s new episode of The Simpsons.  Whether or not he will have actual suggestions for improving nuclear energy production remains to be seen.

What is worth noting is that SpaceX has had some terrestrial success not connected to its launches.  Well, at least not the physical launches.

The company has resolved its dispute with the Air Force.  In early 2014 SpaceX contended that the Air Force was minimizing competition for launch contracts for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle.  The Air Force has agreed to assist SpaceX in completing the certification process in a timely fashion.  That would allow SpaceX to compete for future contracts.  For better or for worse, the Russian threats last spring to restrict access to their rockets seem to have diminished.

SpaceX also raised $1 billion in a new round of funding.  Google and Fidelity have combined to provide the money, and now own just under 10 percent of SpaceX.  It is believed that Google’s investment is motivated in part to expand Internet connectivity worldwide.  This is something Musk is also interested in doing.

I would wager, however, that someone will try a test Hyperloop track like what you can see in tonight’s episode.  Unless it’s already happened.



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