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December 7th, 2002

Intel’s connecting the Net to Mars ZDNet News

Intel is working on bringing the Internet to the bottom of the ocean, the surface of Mars and, on a more prosaic note, into conference room thermostats and hospital charts. Intel’s vision for “proactive computing”–in which remote sensors will feed information about the physical world to computers for analysis and use by humans–is moving closer to reality, said David Tennenhouse, vice president and director of Intel research, at the MicroVentures conference taking place here this week. Additionally, the company is raising the ante in showing how and where the technology can be used. Intel itself, for example, has teamed with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to use the technology to create an Internet link to Mars. The remote sensors will gather raw data about the planet’s environment and beam it up to an orbiting router.

December 5th, 2002

Mars attack! Is Silicon Valley losing its grip? ZDNet News

For a man who has just made a cool $1.5bn from the sale of his PayPal Internet business to eBay, Leon Musk seems quite relaxed about it all. The youthful Mr. Musk has had some practice in these matters. A previous venture (Zip2–maker of software for the media industry) was sold to Compaq for $300m in 1999. Now flush with eBay’s cash, Musk has set up his third company, SpaceX, an organisation with the ambitious goal of creating a permanent manned settlement on Mars–though all he offered about this on Monday was that “we’re building a rocket in LA.”

November 29th, 2002

The dot-com billionaire sending a rocket to Mars ZDNet News

A panel of Silicon Valley high achievers gave a pep talk on entrepreneurship to a group of MBA students at Oxford this week. Eugene Lacey was inspired For a man who has just made a cool $1.5bn from the sale of his PayPal Internet business to eBay, Leon Musk seems quite relaxed about it all. The youthful Mr Musk has had some practice in these matters. A previous venture (Zip2 — maker of software for the media industry) was sold to Compaq for $300m in 1999. Now flush with eBay’s cash, Musk has set up his third company, SpaceX, an organisation with the not unambitious goal of creating a permanent manned settlement on Mars — though all he offered about this on Monday was that “we’re building a rocket in LA.”

May 24th, 2001

You’ve got mail–from Mars! ZDNet News

Described as a “work in progress,” the proposal to the Internet Engineering Task Force–the group that sets standards for the Net–calls for terrestrial testing of interplanetary Internet protocols later this year, with a live test onboard the NASA Mars mission in 2003. “What we are fundamentally about is deploying as much re-usable, standardized communications infrastructure as we can afford around the solar system, so that future missions don’t have to take it all along with them,” said Adrian J. Hooke, manager of the DARPA InterPlaNetary Internet (IPN) Project and co-author of the proposal. “They can use capabilities put in place by other missions.”