BILLIONAIRE Elon Musk is hoping to make a fortune out of space exploration and his plans to put humans on Mars.
But a Nasa astronaut who landed a spacecraft on the moon fears he may have bitten off more than he can chew.
Companies including the likes of Musk’s Space X will struggle to make money from his plans to explore Mars – and their founders should leave it to nation states, Al Worden told a crowd at New Scientist Live in London this morning.
The Space X owner has reportedly sold two tickets to the moon and has made it his mission to put humans on Mars by 2030, believing it will one day become a commercial enterprise as successful as the aviation industry.
But Worden, the pilot of the Apollo 15 which landed on the moon in 1971, said that Musk will struggle to ever see a “return on investment”.
He said: “I think it’s going to be way too expensive.
“I’m concerned that there is no return on investment outside of the tickets you are going to sell to make the trip.
“He [Elon] has sold tickets and I have no idea how much he sold them for but I suspect they are very expensive.”
Worden added that he "appreciated" the commercial aspects of spaceflights, and believed they would form a "bedrock" for flight in low earth orbit, such as shifting satellites around.
But when it comes to long flights to Mars, "I just don't see a profit," he said.
"That's for governments to handle".
There has been much debate over the privatisation of space exploration in recent years
Some analysts liken the advent of commercial spaceflight to the dawn of the passenger jet and the golden of aviation which followed the Wright Brother's invention of their flying machine at the turn of the century.
Between the 1920s and 1930s, the US government began to subsidise pilots and companies so they could sell tickets to the general public, sparking the dawn of the glamorous air hostess, which has since evolved to a less coiffed steward waggling a scratchcard in your face on a Ryanair flight.
"Back then it was such an oddity, it was a wonderful thing to get a flight," Worden recalled.
Following the space race of the Cold War era, astronauts have taken on something of a diplomatic role.
Space has transcended politics, culture and language as nations join forces on the International Space Station.
Russia and America have even agreed to join forces to build a space base orbiting the moon.
But the station is soon to be sold and commercial space flight the next cosmic epoch.
That's paved a way for Paypal co-founder Elon Musk, who also created Tesla Motors and is now the chief executive of his own Space X company.
Musk has sparked controversy over methods to create cost-friendly ways to travel through our solar system, including reusable rockets and fuelling while on the launchpad.
US president Donald Trump has given him an advisory role now that he's pledged to put an American on the moon once again.
But Worden, who has travelled 400,000km above the Earth, believes going to the moon is simply a "diversion".
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Many see Elon Musk's Space X as a leader in the space industry, with his focus on making reusable rockets that could help cut costs.
He already has contracts to transport important satellites into low-earth orbit, although there have been some setbacks already.
The rocket that was meant to send Mark Zuckerberg's £150million device into orbit dramatically exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.
This week at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, Musk will take to the stage to reveal his designs for a "multiplanetary society".
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New report ranks the new iPhone 8 behind OLD Samsung phones
APPLE already sold millions of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus units, but launch weekend estimates fell short of what’s expected from typical iPhone launches. It’s not that the iPhone is losing its appeal all of a sudden, but this year isn’t a usual one for Apple. The best iPhone of 2017 hasn’t even launched […]
APPLE already sold millions of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus units, but launch weekend estimates fell short of what’s expected from typical iPhone launches.
It’s not that the iPhone is losing its appeal all of a sudden, but this year isn’t a usual one for Apple.
Testers at Consumer Reports don’t rate the latest iPhone model (pictured)[/caption]
The best iPhone of 2017 hasn’t even launched yet, as the iPhone X won’t be released until early November, which is why many buyers skipped the iPhone 8 models.
But the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are still great phones.
The testers over at Consumer Reports don’t agree though, and they believe that old Samsung phones are better than the iPhone 8.
Consumer Reports believe that the iPhone 8, pictured, isn’t as good as old Samsung models[/caption]
The organisation ranked the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus as the top two devices when it comes to performance.
The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, with Samsung’s 2016 Galaxy S7 sitting in the third position.
That’s right, Consumer Reports thinks the 18-month-old Galaxy S7 is a better phone than either new iPhone 8 model.
It’s not all good news for Samsung, whose Galaxy Note 8 only comes in sixth, after the two iPhone 8 models.
Apparently, weak durability and weight affected the Note 8’s review.
The LG V30, which is an iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 rival, has not been included in Consumer Reports’ ranking as it wasn’t yet launched in the US while the site was testing.
It’ll be interesting to see how the iPhone X will fare in the same performance and user experience tests. After all, the iPhone X has almost the same internal components as the 8 and 8 Plus.
That said, the iPhone X does have plenty of unique features that may affect the overall experience, including an all-screen design, no home button, a new dual-lens rear camera, a bigger battery, and Face ID that replaces Touch ID.
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THE release of a new operating system for Apple iPhone and iPad is sometimes a bittersweet moment for Apple gadget owners. Yes, it’s brilliant to have all the new features of iOS 11 – but now software often means that battery life is reduced. Since rolling out the official version of iOS 11 last month […]
THE release of a new operating system for Apple iPhone and iPad is sometimes a bittersweet moment for Apple gadget owners.
Yes, it’s brilliant to have all the new features of iOS 11 – but now software often means that battery life is reduced.
Since rolling out the official version of iOS 11 last month to coincide with the release of the iPhone 8, some Apple fans have reported a frustrating dip in the length of their battery life.
A study of 50,000 moderate to heavy iPhone and iPad users carried out after the new iOS was launched found the average battery used to go for 240 minutes on iOS 10 but plunged to just 96 minutes with iOS 11.
Apple moved quickly to address the battery concerns and released two new updates to iOS 11, which appear to have solved the problem for many people.
But if you’re still suffering from battery problems – or just want a bit more Apple juice in your smartphone – there are some simple steps you can take to avoid putting too much strain on the battery.
Here are some tips on how to boost battery life if you’re using iOS 11.
LOW POWER MODE
The most obvious and simple solution is to turn on Low Power Mode.
Your phone will automatically suggest you use this mode when your battery drops below 20 percent but you can switch it on in the Settings under the Battery category to conserve some mobile juice when needed.
The mode turns down the display brightness, reduces the time for auto-lock to kick in and disables various features like background app refresh and automatic downloads.
TURN OFF SIRI
If you’re not that keen on Siri being at your beck and call every second, you can turn stop the digital assistant from constantly listening to you.
You can still use Siri by holding the home button, but she (or he) just won’t be listening out for you to say “Hey Siri” to engage.
You can turn the feature off by going to Settings, then Siri & Search, then turn off Listen for “Hey Siri”.
TURN OFF ASSISTIVE TOUCH
This feature is for people who have difficulty touching the screen and is designed to assist with your finger dexterity when doing gestures like pinch or multi-finger swipe on the touchscreen.
If you happen to have it turned on, it will contribute to draining your phone’s battery so to switch it off, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch.
TURN OFF EMAIL FETCH
If you’re not desperately waiting on an e-mail from your boss, you can stop your phone from constantly searching for new messages dropping into your inbox. Instead, it will only refresh to look for new emails when you open the app.
You can also change it from automatically fetching data to doing so every 30 minutes of every hour.
To toggle with this feature go to Settings > Accounts & passwords > Fetch New Data.
TURN OFF BACKGROUND APPS
You can also stop your phone from working to refresh the data on all your apps as well. Even if you’re not worried about chewing the battery, this is a good thing to do for those trying to be less distracted by their smartphone by limiting which apps are able to refresh themselves in the background.
Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and there you can choose which apps you want to stop from constantly updating in the background.
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Sky’s new voice control lets you shout at your remote to change telly channels
SKY Q customers will no longer have to fumble their way around the remote control with their fingers. Viewers will be able to speak into their remote control to change channels and choose recorded shows. Shouting “change channel to Sky Atlantic” will see fighting for the remote take on a new level, as families will […]
SKY Q customers will no longer have to fumble their way around the remote control with their fingers.
Viewers will be able to speak into their remote control to change channels and choose recorded shows.
Shouting “change channel to Sky Atlantic” will see fighting for the remote take on a new level, as families will be able to shout over each other to flick channels.
You can tell your remote to pull up a recorded show by saying “play Tin Star,” for example.
Missed a crucial moment when making a cuppa?
Fear not, you can ask it to “skip back 30 seconds” or “watch from the start”.
Voice Control makes it even easier for customers to find their favourite sports, movies and shows, with phrases like: “go to Sky Store”, “go to Sky Sports”, or other sections of the Sky Q menu.
It should become available to customers over the coming weeks, Sky said.
It follows the introduction of a voice search function, launched earlier this year.
A stonking nine million voices searches have been made since its launch in March.
Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s chief marketing officer said: “Our customers already love Voice Search on Sky Q and we think they are going to love Voice Control even more.
"You will be able to find your recordings, rewind an amazing goal to watch again or change the channel all through a simple voice command.
"It’s a quicker, easier and more fun way to get to the shows, sports and films you want to watch.”
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Voice control is a hot trend at the moment, with smart speakers Google Home and Amazon Alexa flying off shelves.
Panasonic are planning on launching a TV that is entirely controlled using your voice.
The TVs are controlled via “Alexa” - the talking technology in Amazon Echo or Echo Dot smart home hubs.
So a viewer can say from anywhere in the room: “Alexa, turn the volume up” or “Alexa, put on BBC1”.
Sky recently offered long-serving customers free broadband upgrades, Sky Q and early access to TV shows.
The new rewards initiative - Sky VIP - will also offer free tickets to sporting events such as the Premier League and preview screenings of the latest movies.
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