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Merkz
Posted - 06 February 2018 21:05
so did I

that was well cool
Buck
Posted - 06 February 2018 21:46
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Loved the simultaneous booster landings
Tom Magnum
Posted - 06 February 2018 22:22
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That was bloody brilliant.
Spodric
Posted - 06 February 2018 23:09
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Wow

Really special

V exciting. Dawn of serious private sector space exploration
win & tonic
Posted - 06 February 2018 23:12
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It all looked rather CGI to me
blindtom
Posted - 07 February 2018 07:57
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Shame about the last booster not completing its landing successfully, but still an amazing first flight. Means big things for on orbit activities and future Moon/Mars ambitions.
Tee Pottt
Posted - 07 February 2018 08:10
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Just watched it, very impressive.

a bit flash to try and land the third booster on an ocean platform, but 2 out of 3 ..........
Misshoolie
Posted - 07 February 2018 08:21
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This man is so clearly a wrong un who will find a way to privatise oxygen given the chance.

Still, oooh look at the pretty lights and big bangs
Tee Pottt
Posted - 07 February 2018 08:45
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Why so clearly a 'wrong un'?

Genuine question as he seems Ok to me.
Misshoolie
Posted - 07 February 2018 09:14
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Oh come on it's like he modelled his life on a Bond baddie
shatner's_bassoon
Posted - 07 February 2018 09:15
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He's from the future and has come back to save mankind from itself.
January Sails
Posted - 07 February 2018 09:49
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What happened to the main part of the rocket that didn't make it back?

Am I right thinking that Mr. Musk has now added a Tesla to the assorted space junk that endangers other flights and space stations?
shatner's_bassoon
Posted - 07 February 2018 09:51
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I think the Tesla is in an orbit around the sun, not earth
Zero Gravitas
Posted - 07 February 2018 09:53
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No sailo you aren't, the tesla is on its way to Mars.
Posted - 07 February 2018 09:54
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It was his first tesla and has a dummy spaceman in it and is playing Starman on repeat.

It's absolutely nuts.
pancake humper
Posted - 07 February 2018 09:59
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It doesn't quite have the class of the voyager golden record, but the man is undoubtedly a marketing genius. Obviously with the real achievements to back it up too.
January Sails
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:02
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So it will be orbiting Mars when we eventually try getting there? I'll laugh if his space rover flight gets taken out by his own car.
Zero Gravitas
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:03
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I also liked the "Don't Panic" on the tesla screen.

His drone ships are named after Iain M Banks ship names as well.

Frankly I don't care if he's a master criminal, he's better than the kittens show running the world at the moment.
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:03
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Here is the latest photo of it from a nearby satellite

blindtom
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:03
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He's obviously not a rocket scientist himself, but what he does have is vision and the ability to hire the best and throw money at it. Not enough people out there like him.
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:04
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Tee Pottt
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:05
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I think he looks as if he is having fun.
volenti_nfi
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:06
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It's actually going to go past Mars:
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/961083704230674438
camenbert
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:32
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he has his issues - there are some serious H&S issues at his tesla factory which basically come from cutting corners in the rush to be first out there, but I am broadly supportive of him because he is putting things into mainstream

eg uninformed idiot
"electric cars are slow and for hippies
Vrrrrrrroooooom! Here's my Tesla

Space travel is too expensive!
Vrrrrrrrommm! re-usable rockets

In thirty years time, we won't all be driving round in luxury expensive electric cars, but then the first petrol cars were luxury items for the few. If you can put them out there and get them used and seen to be desirable, it does a lot for electric cars that push factors don't.
January Sails
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:37
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Cam to do that you actually need to manufacturing them in proper bulk so people can buy them but he seems to be struggling with that part.
camenbert
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:44
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well, you certainly don't for spaceships.
I'm not sure you need to with his cars. I'd be interested to see how he compares with Ferrari, Koeniggsegg etc. He doesn't need to sell a car to everyone who wants one, he needs to sell enough that people will want them. Then the big boys will step in at a lower price-point
pancake humper
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:51
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Tesla delivered 100k cars in 2017, thats more than 10 times what Ferrari ship. There's something like half a million orders in for the Model 3 too.

I doubt they'll ever make truly cheap cars but they're definitely targeting a much larger market than the supercar brands.
Chambers
Posted - 07 February 2018 10:56
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Henry Ford just cranked them out. He created a market and soon eveyone wanted a Model-T.
January Sails
Posted - 07 February 2018 11:20
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Tesla has tried to make a more mainstream model with wider appeal but as the order list attests they aren't keeping up with the demand. That runs the risk of people who want something similar to a Model 3 walking away if someone else starts producing one that is delivered on time.
camenbert
Posted - 07 February 2018 11:24
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Henry Ford wasn't even the first car maker in the US - Tesla isn't the electric ford. Ford could be the electric Ford now that tesla has proven the concept. The market Henry Made was for a cheap petrol car, not a car of an in itself.
camenbert
Posted - 07 February 2018 11:28
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so Sails, he can sell as many as he makes, and every time he increases capacity, he can still sell as many as he makes. I'm not seeing the flaw in his delivery plan.

If someone else does make a competitor, it's probably to his advantage as it improves the supply chain and the market.
pancake humper
Posted - 07 February 2018 11:36
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Yes, they want viable competitors. More competitors means more electric car infrastructure, which remains their biggest issue by far.
n0rthernmonkey
Posted - 07 February 2018 11:39
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Man provides for a huge leap forward in affordable space exploration. Gets compared to a Bond villain. ffs.
BREXIT!!
Posted - 07 February 2018 12:46
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I DO NOT LIKE HIM AND HIS ELECTRIC CARS CLIMATE CHANGE IS A LIE!!
Misshoolie
Posted - 07 February 2018 13:09
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It's literally the plot of moonraker
January Sails
Posted - 07 February 2018 13:48
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Or consistent failure to hit your own production targets results in investors losing faith and the whole thing comes crashing down.
camenbert
Posted - 07 February 2018 13:53
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any actual sign of this?
pancake humper
Posted - 07 February 2018 13:55
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I mean yes, a business that fundamentally fails in the objective of making and selling products could definitely collapse. That is definitely the basic principle of how companies work.

I guess they'll probably try and avoid that outcome?
BREXIT!!
Posted - 07 February 2018 14:00
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"Or consistent failure to hit your own production targets results in investors losing faith and the whole thing comes crashing down"

ELECTRIC CARS ARE JUST A BIG TRICK - PUT ABOUT BY THE SOCIALIST WATERMELONS WHO WANT YOU TO BELIEVE IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE LIE - JUST LIKE HIS FAKE ROCKETS!!
January Sails
Posted - 07 February 2018 14:02
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No Cam but I'm surprised how every time he misses his targets it's not the company's fault and that it needs more investment and then the investors open their wallets again.
volenti_nfi
Posted - 07 February 2018 14:27
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Tesla cash burn is ridiculously high ATM. USD 1.4 Billion in Q3 according to this:
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/04/tesla-model-3-production-snarls-have-street-worrie d-about-cash-burn.html. Bloomberg reckons the company will run out of money in August this year at present rate.