Heard over the moon about Musk

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AM­BER Heard is re­port­edly ex­cited about go­ing pub­lic with new boyfriend Elon Musk af­ter her di­vorce from Johnny Depp was fi­nalised last week.

The Magic Mike XXL star is re­port­edly thrilled she can now go pub­lic with the 45-year-old busi­ness­man af­ter her di­vorce from Depp was fi­nalised.

A source told the Sun­day Mir­ror newspaper: “Am­ber is over the moon about her di­vorce, but she is even happier about be­ing able to go pub­lic with Musk.

“She was telling friends over Christ­mas how smit­ten she is with Musk. They are al­ready plan­ning a lot of ad­ven­tures to­gether and she’s re­lieved she can move on with her life. It’s an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter for both of them.”

Heard and Musk are said to have been grow­ing close for some time now af­ter they were seen spend­ing a lot of time to­gether last sum­mer.

Of their meet­ing up in Mi­ami, Florida, one eye­wit­ness said: “They were seen ar­riv­ing to, and leav­ing from, the same room many times, but al­ways sep­a­rately.”

An­other added: “Am­ber was there with her sis­ter.

“She has been friends with Elon for four years.

“She had rented a stan­dard suite at the ho­tel, and he had a bun­ga­low, a pool­side du­plex room.

“He of­fered Am­ber and her sis­ter use of his room so they could use the pool and have ex­tra pri­vacy as he was work­ing on a rocket launch.”

An­other eye­wit­ness said: “They all hap­pened to be stay­ing at the De­lano. The group hung out at the ho­tel, rather than in pub­lic, un­der­stand­ably, due to all the re­cent press scru­tiny.”

Heard and Depp’s di­vorce was fi­nalised on Fri­day, with her lawyer say­ing: “This is a great day, all Am­ber wanted was to be di­vorced and now she is.”

Musk re­cently di­vorced ac­tress Talu­lah Ri­ley for a sec­ond time af­ter the cou­ple rekin­dled their ro­mance in 2013 fol­low­ing a year’s split.

A SpaceX Fal­con rocket blasted off from Cal­i­for­nia on Satur­day, re­turn­ing the com­pany to flight for the first time since a fiery launch­pad ex­plo­sion in Septem­ber.

The launch of the 70m rocket from Van­den­berg Air Force Base at 9.54am (7.54pm SA time) aimed to de­liver 10 satel­lites into or­bit for Irid­ium Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Inc.

SpaceX founder and en­tre­pre­neur Elon Musk’s am­bi­tious flight plans had been grounded since the Septem­ber 1 ex­plo­sion dur­ing fu­elling ahead of a pre-flight test in Florida.

About 10 min­utes af­ter Satur­day’s launch, the first stage of the rocket, which had sep­a­rated from the rest of craft, suc­cess­fully touched down on a plat­form in the Pa­cific Ocean, a feat pre­vi­ously ac­com­plished by four other re­turn­ing Fal­con rock­ets. SpaceX in­tends to re­use its rock­ets to cut costs.

The mis­sion will test changes im­ple­mented by Space Ex­plo­ration Tech­nolo­gies Corp, known as SpaceX, since the launch­pad ex­plo­sion.

Ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that a can­is­ter of he­lium burst in­side the rocket’s sec­ond­stage liq­uid oxy­gen tank, trig­ger­ing the ex­plo­sion.

The can­is­ter is be­ing re­designed, but un­til then SpaceX is ad­dress­ing the issue by mod­i­fy­ing its fu­elling pro­ce­dures.

The ex­plo­sion de­stroyed a $62-mil­lion (R838m) SpaceX booster and a $200m Is­raeli com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite that it was to put into or­bit two days later.

The ac­ci­dent clouded the com­pany’s ag­gres­sive agenda, which in­cludes be­gin­ning to ferry US as­tro­nauts into space next year, when it also plans to make its first voy­age to Mars.

Satur­day’s flight be­gins to clear a log­jam of more than 70 mis­sions, worth more than $10bil­lion, await­ing flights on SpaceX Fal­con rock­ets, which last flew in Au­gust, SpaceX said.

The launch is the first in a seven-flight con­tract with Irid­ium worth $468.1m, com­pany spokes­woman Diane Hock­en­berry said.

SpaceX aims to launch 27 rock­ets in 2017, more than triple the eight flights the pri­vately held firm man­aged in 2016, ac­cord­ing to a re­port on Fri­day in the Wall Street Jour­nal.

Elon Musk

Am­ber Heard

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

The SpaceX Fal­con rocket lifts off from Van­den­berg Air Force Base, Cal­i­for­nia, on Satur­day.

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