Febrero 21, 2018

Private Space Flight Blasts Off With Falcon Heavy

10 Febrero 2018, 07:46 | Benedicto Grullon

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We don't expect Ford or Toyota to be launching vehicles into space anytime soon.

In more recent days, Elon Musk and his space company - SpaceX - set off their rocket Falcon Heavy.

After the January 31 Falcon 9 launch with the SES-16/GovSat-1 communications satellite, SpaceX was not planning on recovering the rocket's booster.

But SpaceX founder Elon Musk believes that his super heavy rocket-the Spacex Falcon Heavy-can avoid the problems faced by the Soviets.

With developments in past decades, the American aerospace industry has established a sound infrastructure, which provides a foundation for private companies like SpaceX to deliver achievements within a short period of time. Usually test flights carry nothing of value, like concrete blocks. It all starts with a couple of Russian astronauts enjoying some quiet time on the space station when the obnoxious Starman drives by in his Tesla Roadster, top down and music blasting from its speakers. "That seemed extremely boring", Musk wrote in an Instagram post in December. "Of course, anything boring is awful".

The tax credit implications McCaffery referred to concern the $2,500 to $7,500 federal credit for electric-vehicle purchases that starts phasing out when a auto maker hits 200,000 vehicles sold domestically, a number Tesla is expected to hit this year. The company finished the fourth quarter with about $3.4 billion, and it's planning slightly more than $3.4 billion in capital expenditures this year after spending that much in 2017. This was just $277 million in the fourth quarter - the lowest in more than a year - after two straight quarters of more than $1 billion.

As AdWeek points out, Tesla has a reputation for shunning traditional advertising.

Shares of Tesla tumbled more than 5% in trading Friday, continuing a week that has been marked by slumps for the electric vehicle maker. A mannequin dressed in a "real deal" SpaceX spacesuit _ dubbed "Starman" by Musk _ is strapped in behind the car's wheel.

Shares of the company were barely changed in extended trading.

If the stock hits $288.40 - 2.9% below where shares were trading Friday afternoon - Tesla will be considered to be in a bear market.

The move by Musk is similar to how brands played off the popularity of the US space program in the 1960s, notes Adamson. For example, if Tesla announced a production goal that it knows is impossible to meet, that could be considered lying to investors.

The new observation of the Roadster, obtained by a robotically controlled telescope at the Tenagra Observatory in Arizona (a participating observatory in the Virtual Telescope Porject), shows the auto moving across the night sky.

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