Ashley Bardhan

Ashley Bardhan is a writer from New York who covers culture, weird internet stuff, and other things people like. At Inverse, she assists with writing and producing Musk Reads, an innovation-focused newsletter covering Elon Musk and related topics. In general, Ashley is interested in the cultural implications of art and tech, aiming to highlight social issues in her work. Her writing has appeared in places like Bitch, Mel Magazine, and Destructoid, where she has a column about women and video games, and she writes about music for Pitchfork and Bandcamp Daily. She earned two BA degrees from the University of Rochester, one in Brain and Cognitive Science and the other in Creative Writing. Her work at the school paper, the Campus Times, earned her a grant upon graduating in 2020. Ashley really likes cheese but can't eat it too often.

It's always sunny on Mars
How solar rockets can bring Uber to Musk’s Mars city
Mike Brown and Ashley Bardhan
Virgin Orbit wants to switch from a fuel-burning upper stage to solar energy — and it could support future human habitats on other planets.
Musk Reads
After 11 years in California, Tesla moves to Texas
Ashley Bardhan
Tesla heads South, SpaceX names Endurance, Elon Musk looks for hires.
A not-boring company
A radical tunnel-based transit concept proves it's not "boring"
Mike Brown and Ashley Bardhan
Like Elon Musk, mass transit systems researcher Xiaofan Zhang is hoping to alleviate traffic with tunnels.
Musk Reads
Tesla's Q3 2021 production numbers will shock you
Ashley Bardhan
Tesla finally delivers, SpaceX departs the ISS, Elon Musk sends Bezos his condolences.
I've had it with these rockets on this plane
Virgin Orbit: What it was like to witness latest launch
Mike Brown and Ashley Bardhan
Virgin Orbit plans to open up space using a unique method.
Musk Reads
Despite government concerns, Tesla has expanded Full Self-Driving
Ashley Bardhan
Tesla unleashes the Button; SpaceX has toilet troubles; Elon Musk is “semi-separated.”
Never before seen
Exclusive: Elon Musk documentary clip explains his early years
Ashley Bardhan
Looks like SpaceX hasn't always had it so easy.
Are you not inspired?
Inspiration4 has the same glaring problem as Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic
Ashley Bardhan
The future of spaceflight is here — are you in it?
Musk Reads
No unions, big problem: Why Biden might leave Tesla behind
Ashley Bardhan
Inspiration4 gets ready for takeoff; Tesla gets left out; Elon Musk loves tea.
Musk Reads
SpaceX’s groundbreaking Inspiration4 hits Netflix (and soon, space)
Ashley Bardhan
Inspiration4 gears for launch; Tesla updates Autopilot; Defacto Technoking Musk prefers to stay out of politics.
Soaring, flying
Inspiration4: Why it’s going to fly higher than the ISS
Ashley Bardhan and Mike Brown
In the latest installment of our Inspiration4 preview series, we speak to two astronauts flying on the mission.
Musk Reads
SpaceX resupplies the ISS while NASA reaches toward Mars
Ashley Bardhan
SpaceX flies again; Tesla improves A.I.; Elon Musk gets a spirited defense.
Not like other Dragons
Inspiration4: 'More challenging' than those Bezos and Branson flights
Mike Brown and Ashley Bardhan
In the third part of our Inspiration4 preview series, we present a look at the Crew Dragon capsule that will send the crew into orbit.
Musk Reads
SpaceX: Why Blue Origin’s brain drain is good news for Elon Musk
Ashley Bardhan
Tesla celebrates A.I. Day; SpaceX waits for the moon; Musk calls for universal basic income.
Netflix and Launch
Inspiration4: How Netflix and SpaceX are about to open up spaceflight
Mike Brown and Ashley Bardhan
Inspiration4 is preparing for liftoff.
Musk Reads
Starship will be "crushingly cost-effective" — until it gets to Mars
Ashley Bardhan
SpaceX gets ready for Mars; Tesla’s in hot water; Musk hates hydrogen.
It's Electric
How Formula E will help EVs reach a "tipping point"
Mike Brown and Ashley Bardhan
Formula E is charging the way to more efficient electric cars, and it could help automakers reach a "tipping point".
Musk Reads
Starship could solve what Musk calls an "insanely hard problem"
Ashley Bardhan
SpaceX prepares to launch; Tesla stays quiet for now; and Musk comes to an agreement with Texas.
Batter-y Up
Cybertruck delay: How Tesla's biggest problem is industry-wide
Mike Brown and Ashley Bardhan
A cell-starved Tesla is fighting to bring its most ambitious cars to life.
Musk Reads
SpaceX: Elon Musk reveals a major Starlink coverage update
Ashley Bardhan
Starlink enters its next phase; Tesla settles; Neuralink raises $200 million.