Newt on SpaceX Launch: 'Tremendous Step' for American Leadership in Space

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During a conference call with analysts Wednesday, Tesla and CEO Elon Musk received congratulations on Tuesday's successful launch by Musk's SpaceX of the Falcon Heavy rocket carrying an early version of Tesla's planned new "Roadster" into space.

Musk's Tesla electric vehicle and energy storage company lost $675.4m in the three months ending December 31, the company announced on Thursday, February 8, compared with a loss of $121m for the same period previous year. Musk's euphoria was undiminished as he shifted gears on Wednesday to Tesla, pointing to a silver lining for the high-flying carmaker that capped a year of big losses and production headaches for its critical Model 3 sedan.

While one of Elon Musk's companies is celebrating after launching the world's most powerful rocket into space, another company is fighting for liftoff back on Earth. However, the rocket worked too well this time, pushing the vehicle beyond Mars' orbit, into the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Part of Tesla's goal is to build a system that's robust and more generally useful. "Those titanium grid fins [on the Falcon side boosters] are super expensive and the production is very slow - we need them back".

But late on Tuesday (local time), Mr Musk confirmed the final firing of the rocket's upper stage put his auto on a more distant trajectory than anticipated.

Before dashing off to the red planet, Mr Musk said he would want to try out this spaceship in orbit around Earth - possibly in three to four years with the supersize rocket - and then the moon. The Chinese factory will only produce Model 3 and Model Y to meet the local demand and that of China's neighboring countries, Elon Musk has said.

As Tesla continues to face headwinds on the ramp-up of its Model 3 vehicle, the automaker has seen a continued increase in used vehicles purchased.

Newt on SpaceX Launch: 'Tremendous Step' for American Leadership in Space
Newt on SpaceX Launch: 'Tremendous Step' for American Leadership in Space

Of course, there was far more to the quarterly report than this important update on Model 3.

But a second was also hidden on a tiny disk created to store data for billions of years. Our atmosphere protects us from this, but the Tesla will be fully exposed, and according to molecular expert William Carroll will not last a year in the tough conditions.

"He appears to be more eager to sell hats and flamethrowers rather than meeting previously stated production targets for Tesla vehicles", Thibault wrote in a note to investors.

Some Tesla customers, however, are not happy about the delay.

Musk has had no trouble accessing the market in the past, and his new proposed pay package would help ensure he stays around to hit Tesla's aggressive growth targets. Tesla fans will certainly hope that it gets it done in three months instead of six. The proposal must still be approved by Tesla's shareholders, who are scheduled to vote in late March.

"I think the new architecture, the BFR architecture, is the way to go", he said. Tesla ended the fourth quarter with $3.4 billion in cash; its capital expenditures were $3.4 billion in 2017 and it said they will likely grow slightly this year as the company adds more stores, service centers and fast-charging Supercharger stations.

In an Instagram post, Musk explained test flights often include mass simulators involving concrete or steel blocks.

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