Febrero 19, 2018

SpaceX engine production and rocket capacity

10 Febrero 2018, 03:10 | Benedicto Grullon

GETTY SPACEXSpaceX launch SpaceX and Tesla are both owned by billionaire Elon Musk

Elon Musk with a Falcon Heavy rocket and Tesla

And SpaceX, for a limited time, was able to provide a live video feed of the Tesla floating through space.

The financial report for 2017 came during the fourth quarter. Elon Musk once described the cost difference at a briefing I attended in 2011 this way: Imagine if every time you flew on an airplane, the airline threw away the airplane, how much do you think the flight would cost?

If there's one saying that Tesla CEO Elon Musk must be familiar with, it's "shoot for the stars".

The Roadster convertible has officially been recognized as a celestial object by NASA and has been added to the official list of satellite the Air Force Space Command.

Excluding special items, the company lost $3.04 per share compared with the $3.12 loss expected by analysts, Reuters said.

Trump was vague, however, with details, financing or a calendar for sending men to the moon or the Red Planet. Musk said previously a Mars-ready BFR would have 40 cabins, with between two and six people in each.

The question now is what's next for SpaceX and the space industry following the launch of Musk's Tesla roadster into space aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket? That means their launches resulted in a lot of rocket boosters and main fuel tanks either burning up in the atmosphere or sitting on the bottom of the ocean (some are recovered).

The roadster, which carries a plaque inscribed with the names of more than 6,000 SpaceX employees, could instead end up in perpetual Earth orbit.

The proposal must still be approved by Tesla's shareholders, who are scheduled to vote in late March. In the case of the moon flyby, that's not as important.

Musk's Tesla Red Roadster, complete with a spacesuit-clad dummy driver and 'Don't Panic' dashboard sticker, is now in orbit.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launching
GETTYSpaceX launch The Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched for the first time yesterday

"The data point everyone wants, we didn't get", Spak wrote, which was the current Model 3 production rate.

"It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable", Musk said.

By Tesla standards, the fourth quarter results and the discussion packaged along with them were relatively typical.

The company had decided to concentrate on this vehicle so that the rest of the hard work can be put on the backburner.

What's all this mean for the space industry and policy makers?

CEO PAY. This will be Musk's first earning call since last month's announcement of a proposed all-or-nothing pay package for him. For example, "Don't panic" is paying tribute to the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".

If Tesla doesn't meet those goals, Musk won't get paid. He's the world's 40th richest person, worth $21.4 billion, according to Bloomberg. "I mean that seems achievable", Musk said. The reloading potential allows SpaceX to keep the cost down.

Tesla has lofty targets, including building a plant in China and launching a small SUV in 2020.

Tesla also achieved record production of its Model S and Model X vehicles.

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