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Elon Musk gave a tour of the South Texas SpaceX facility on Tuesday. (Everyday Astronaut/Youtube)

Want a two-hour tour of SpaceX's Starbase? Now, you can get one from CEO Elon Musk himself.

Musk gave viewers an extensive video tour after he took Everyday Astronaut's Tim Dodd through the nooks and crannies of the Boca Chica facility on Tuesday. The tour was divided into three clips that will soon be available on YouTube. A 50-minute first clip of the interview is available on YouTube now.

In the first leg of the tour, Musk showed off the 230-feet tall Starship Super Heavy Rocket, including its grid fin and human landing system. The same man that made the avant-garde Cybertruck design, which will soon be manufactured at Austin's Giga Texas, said that design is actually less important than cost-effectiveness if humans want to become a "multi-planet species."

"The fundamental thing we need to fix is the cost per ton to orbit," Musk said.

Musk noted some issues with the rocket's current design, including its still-too expensive parts and excessive weight. According to Musk, the avionics, grid fins, and batteries are currently too heavy; the grid fins currently borrow from Musk's other business and use an electrically-powered Tesla Model 3 motor to drive them.

The engineering process is still in the works for Musk's SpaceX, and designs are constantly evolving. Musk said that the company has created some parts for Raptor 2, the second version of the Raptor rocket engine, but they still have a ways to go.

"Everyone's wrong. No matter who you are, everyone is wrong some of the time," Musk said. "All designs are wrong, it's just a matter of how wrong."

Nearly 30 of those first-generation Raptor engines are attached to the Super Heavy Rocket, which was rolled from the factory to its launch pad on Tuesday as the prototype rolls through prelaunch checkpoints. For now, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is keeping the rocket on the ground as they perform an environmental review of Starship's launch operations.

If the Super Heavy Rocket is cleared to launch, the rocket will take SpaceX one step further to creating the Starship, a fully reusable transportation system that will be used to take humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

"It's definitely and exciting time because we are kind of in a final push to complete the launch system," Musk said.


Janice Omadeke of The Mentor Method was one of five Black entrepreneurs in Austin to earn $100k from Gogle for her startup. (The Mentor Method/Facebook)

Five Austin companies joined Google's second Startups Black Founders Fund on Wednesday, earning $100,000 each as part of the $10 million initiative geared toward giving Black entrepreneurs access to funding for their startups.

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The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission approved a draft district map Sept. 15 that looks much the same as the current map. (The Austin Bulldog)

A member of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) contacted council members asking for their home addresses despite a charter provision prohibiting the ICRC from considering such information in its mapping process, according to emails obtained by the Bulldog through a public information request.

Four council members or their staffers replied providing home addresses: Alison Alter, Paige Ellis, Mackenzie Kelly, and Leslie Pool, according to the emails dated August 9th to Aug. 17.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog here.


Austinites will once again be able to take a nonstop flight to London as Austin-Bergstrom International Airport resumes transatlantic travel this fall.

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