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Elon Musk tweet - The Boring Company

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They need to go deeper.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/25/elon-musk-is-going-to-tunnel-from-his-desk-to-lax-or-so-hes-tweeted/

Underground rocket facility?
Landing onto an elevator and getting down?
Hyperloop-based underground launch estacade?
Undermars colony prototype?

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More likely he's just fed up with LA traffic. :P

This isn't really SpaceX related though...

 

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Above posts were split off from the SpaceX thread.

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Depending on the underground, tunnel boring machines would do this in a few months. They drill and leave a ready tunnel with concrete walls behind. Since decades.

So this is going to be a private tunnel or what ?

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Maybe private underground Hyperloop line as a proof-of-concept? :D

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Nah. No way. This has got to be a goof. Come on, tweets?

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From the thread title I thought it was going to be a rip on Boeing...

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Or maybe it is the next company founded to gain technological knowledge for Mars colonisation ;-). Think about it.

How do you power Rovers on Mars? electrical ---> Tesla.

How do you Create Power on Mars? Solarcells ---> Solarcity.

How do you travel from one Landingsite to the next? Train in almost-vaccum --> Hyperloop.

How do you create radiation-protected livingspace on Mars? Tunneling ---> the Boring company.

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Yes, my fourth assumption was about this.

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I genuinely thought this was some sort of pun connected with Boeing and the new spacesuit. Really expected the SpaceX reveal. They said it was going to be stylish and modern after all.

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1 hour ago, Veeltch said:

I genuinely thought this was some sort of pun connected with Boeing and the new spacesuit.

He actually started talking about this in December '16 already.  :wink: Though, considering all the "boring" puns, a lot of people still thought it was a joke (despite his insistence).

 

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"... not who we are."

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Interplanetary TBM ? Europa Water anyone ?

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In case if the Hollow Earth theory is true, humans will have a tunnel to Mars.

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@kerbiloid Alternative Space Program

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I know he says it's true but...

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nope he's just already on a few other planets than earth ^^ that's why

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Mr. Musk deserves respect, tunneling and mining is actually a very satisfying work. I must know it :wink:.
Saint Barbara with SpaceX. 

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On 1/26/2017 at 7:41 AM, hms_warrior said:

Or maybe it is the next company founded to gain technological knowledge for Mars colonisation ;-). Think about it.

How do you power Rovers on Mars? electrical ---> Tesla.

How do you Create Power on Mars? Solarcells ---> Solarcity.

How do you travel from one Landingsite to the next? Train in almost-vaccum --> Hyperloop.

How do you create radiation-protected livingspace on Mars? Tunneling ---> the Boring company.

Finally, somebody around here gets Elon Musk

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i remind a you tube documentary with a 3minute intimist interview in one it's factory :3 :3 :3 totally lost in space ^^ :3 :3 :3

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This sounds like sarcasm to me, I think this is just Musk just venting about traffic, probably with a touch of subtle humor.   I know for a fact that you can't permit and lease that much land in the time frame he mentioned.

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It's a bit too elaborate for a joke tbh. Remember, Elon Musk is a person who works 80-100 hours per week, uses his meeting calendar to schedule time to spend with family, and occasionally puts up a sleeping bag beside a production line to better supervise the work 24/7. The only time I recall him setting up a genuine joke about his work and/or companies was that one April Fools thing about a Tesla smartwatch, and it lasted less than a day. Considering he's now had "tunnels" listed in his official twitter profile (next to Tesla, SpaceX and OpenAI) for the past one and a half months, I'd be really surprised if this was a prank. That man doesn't have the time nor the inclination to be this frivolous. :P

That said, I don't expect him to start turning the LA underground into a swiss cheese. All indications so far point towards this being a private tunnel that better connects the SpaceX factory to its parking lot, and/or the parking lot to a freeway. Remember, there's several thousand people working there. They can't park at the factory. They have an off-site, dedicated parking lot.

Whether this "Boring Company" does anything else besides that, we'll have to see.

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3 hours ago, Streetwind said:

All indications so far point towards this being a private tunnel that better connects the SpaceX factory to its parking lot, and/or the parking lot to a freeway.

Spoiler

 

 

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Apparently they're past the "will dig soon" stage now, and have entered the "already digging" stage, if you can believe it. Source: this video.

TL;DW:

- There's now a giant hole at SpaceX HQ, which the people visiting for the Hyperloop competition weekend were able to see (not visible in the video though)
- The aim is to figure out how to improve tunneling speed by 5 to 10 times, which "should be possible within the limits pf physics"
- Right now they're "sort of muddling along" and "have no idea what [they're] doing", though, so it sounds incredibly experimental
- Ultimately transportation must go "3D" to solve traffic issues, and doing so underground is much preferred to doing it aboveground

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