Elon Musk says he has 'verbal approval' for a northeast US

by Edgar Hayes July 21, 2017, 0:30
Elon Musk says he has 'verbal approval' for a northeast US

He attracted naysayers when he announced plans to build a reusable rocket - but his company SpaceX stunned the world in 2015 when it successfully guided a rocket to a safe landing after launch in a never-before-seen move.

Some city representatives, however, say no such talks have occurred.

The company had said prior to that June flight that some parts of the capsule, such as the heat shield, had to be replaced, though a SpaceX executive said the majority of the spacecraft had flown in space before.

Founder Elon Musk told a space station research conference Wednesday that he wants to set realistic expectations for the flight later this year from Cape Canaveral.

That leaves us with the million dollar question: Who gave Musk the green light?

The White House and Transportation Department did not immediately comment on Musk's tweet. Musk did not respond to a request for clarification on Twitter.

The Boring Company's long-term goal is to build a network of tunnels, which motorists could enter via street-level elevator platforms, that would ease congestion in cities. The Boring Company will need to secure city and state permits for such a project to commence.

So, for the previous year, Musk has been exploring the possibility of digging tunnels.

Musk isn't willing to stop with NY and D.C. The billionaire entrepreneur continued to tease his plans on Twitter, replying to another user asking about a potential hyperloop system in Texas.

He said: "Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop".

Musk, the outspoken chief executive of electric auto maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, advocates developing magnetically levitated hyperloop trains that would travel in airless tunnels, which he says would be more efficient and faster than current high-speed trains. Garcetti said he was considering using Musk's tunnel to support a high-speed rail connection.

The entrepreneur has already begun digging under SpaceX's Los Angeles headquarters, and tweeted last month that he's had "promising conversations" with mayor Eric Garcetti about building a network of tunnels under the city. "A groan-worthy joke I make about tunnels is that they have low expectations: There's no way to go but down".

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