Tesla maintains Model 3 targets despite talk of further problems at factory

Musk space car is in deep trouble

Musk space car is in deep trouble

Falcon Heavy cleared the launch pad without blowing up - a feat Musk had said would be enough to deem the mission a win - and continued on to deliver Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster with a space-suit wearing mannequin at the wheel toward an Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun.

"Best crew in the world!"

Though widely acclaimed, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has taken some flak over the launch, with one particularly po-faced Guardian piece calling it a waste of resources.

The celebratory moment was captured on smartphone video by Shannon Lydic, a server at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, a restaurant near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that this frequented by SpaceX employees. (On test launches, however, aerospace companies traditionally fly concrete blocks, since the rockets might explode.) Others bemoaned the choice during a time of increasing economic disparity between the rich and the poor.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk confirmed the new, more distant route for his rocketing Tesla Roadster, which was launched aboard the company's Falcon Heavy from Florida.

Unfortunately, the traditionalists at NASA - and their beltway bandit allies - don't share this view and have feared this moment since the day the Falcon Heavy program was announced seven years ago.


If we hear more from SpaceX or NASA, we'll update this post. She has been modeling for more than 50 years.

Anand said Tesla's appeal to millennials is rooted in the company's ability to create a narrative that includes renewable energy, space exploration, self-driving vehicles, and other developments that could produce wide-ranging benefits for the human race. "I think we may be able to exceed the specs that we announced past year which would be exciting", he added.

SpaceX - and the space community in general - is notoriously loose with deadlines. The plan worked: provide early government seed money into the private space market, let companies compete, lower costs and allow the government to develop new technologies that will expand our reach - and save taxpayer money.

"It can launch payloads straight to Pluto and beyond...it can launch giant satellites", Musk said Tuesday. SpaceX, despite some hiccups along the way, has transformed the ridiculous into the routine, these days casually returning Falcon 9 rockets to terra firma.

The government should be focusing on their unique, longer-term goals and partnering with the private sector to help incentivize the success of this commercial USA enterprise.

Elon Musk's vehicle is headed off into very deep space after being strapped to the top of a rocket.

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