Elon Musk Ventures - SpaceX Puts Crew Dragon to ISS, Tesla Recovering from Pandemic and Riots

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How could humanity exist without Twitter during the dark ages before 2010 beyond me.
All we need is for Musk to tweet back in Trumpian style something like "Lot of people are saying Laurence & Andrew Paul Wachowskis last two Matrix films were terrible, seem to have struck lucky on the first one. SAD!"

Both dead naming them and shitting on their achievements in the same tweet.
 
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Tesla is now allowed to operate Fremont factory at 100% capacity and since last week was only preparation for gradual reopening (which takes a full week) and even Alameda police search concluded that Tesla did NOT go beyond allowed basic operations, Evil Elon argument fails, not that the media is bothering to discuss these facts. In other words: there were no arrests as everything was to the letter of county law and health regulations.


But Musk is gearing toward Crew Dragon Demo launch next Wednesday and latest Starlink launch (that was postponed from Sunday due to a tropical storm, pushed that mission too close to the NASA one) will comes after the human mission. The Dragon capsule is ready to be mounted onto a fresh Falcon 9 for final checks as Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrive to the Cape.
 
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BigBone putting in work on this thread.

Wesshaw1985 spamming his usual worthless conspiracy garbage, of course.

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So what do you guys think of Elon pushing hard for economy reopening, and still Tweeting uncontrollably?

  • Is he totally in the wrong and we need to keep everything closed till vaccine (2021, 2022? never) and just STFU, count your billions silently and let professionals handle this thing?
  • Is controlled, industrial production reopening a good first step, followed by other lifts while social distancing still applied, especially for the elderly?
  • should everyone return to their business and let GDP producing populace produce GDP rather than defaulting on rents, mortgages, loans, healthy food, children's or own education, insurance, leasing and other stuff?
Can you even choose between ppl.'s right to work and earn money, and the elderly's right to be protected by the system, when both seemingly cannot happen at the same time during Covid?

If you look into the opening and how Tesla has handled it, then I think every sane person can safely say that it's a good thing.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2020/05/14/why-tesla-reopening-is-safer-than-you-think-it-is/
 

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If you look into the opening and how Tesla has handled it, then I think every sane person can safely say that it's a good thing.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2020/05/14/why-tesla-reopening-is-safer-than-you-think-it-is/
Yeah an actual, sane read, but fuck me mate, easy with them likes! :lol: I came here and saw 20 of them, there's so much happiness I can handle!

BigBone putting in work on this thread.

Wesshaw1985 spamming his usual worthless conspiracy garbage, of course.

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I may un-Elonify this as expand into an all-EV/Space thread?
 
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Yeah an actual, sane read, but fuck me mate, easy with them likes! :lol: I came here and saw 20 of them, there's so much happiness I can handle!

I may un-Elonify this as expand into an all-EV/Space thread?

Sorry :lol:

Just assume I like every post. This my favorite thread on here that retains some level of sanity on this forum. I get sucked into the bullshit politics and corona which is like politics 2.0.

I've been following the whole Tesla factory vs Alameda County very closely and I hate how they have politicized it too. California and NY are just going through a turbulent time and it's pissing a lot of people off.

But yes this can easily be an All EV/Space thread. I'm just happy to see us going into space again with launches on US soil. I honestly don't know what Obama was thinking eliminating NASA's space program. But I guess all things that happen are meant to be, it's great to see SpaceX and their competitors vying to become the pioneer in space exploration and tourism. We can all dream that somehow in our lifetime we will all be able to go into space.
 

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Epic static fire 'bout an hour ago, skip to 1 PM local time:



Looks like this was a giant one under heavy load, possibly the last planned before a small hop, but it appears there was a valve rupture due to detonation and fuel got fire near Raptor, so it's likely damaged beyond repair. Engine skirt looks a little worn too. Elon should update us soon as damage info comes in.

Hey, at least its still in one piece. :lol: And that's why they are testing.
 

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So SN4 is intact but in a stalemate: survived static fire test but unintended burn apparently cut valve control wires and it can't fully de-tank. If tru, there's so much SpaceX can do about it: can't go near and manually open valves as pressures of heated methane must be extremely high (and SN4 holding it like a champ), and can't open them remotely... Perhaps shoots some holes in it? :lol: Wait, no, that's not a joke, but possibly a solution, either way, while not its own fault, SN4 looks to be done, just days before intended hop test. A pity. Hope nobody gets hurt while they try to figure out what to do with it.

In other, extremely good news for Tesla: EU may just exempt EVs from VAT entirely, which could mean serious price drop for the consumers. This is part of the EU's green recovery plan and unlike America, they look to push through 100% to eliminate ICE cars and go for zero emission. Still, Giga Berlin is about 15 months away from opening (besides Covid, factory ground soil is too loose and may need serious groundwork), so at least till late 2021 Tesla will need to ship its cars from elsewhere, probably Fremont. But good news indeed for EVs!

Tesla is raising the price of the fully autonomous (future) self-driving package to I believe $8k. He reckons ur Tesla dropping you off and doing robo-taxi work before picking you back up could make u serious money, so he thinks self-driving SW is worth $100k. There's a chance of a Tesla fleet not owned just hired on the go by anyone, which would also mean big bucks for Tesla tho we're still years away.
 
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Four days till Crew Dragon launch! All system are tested and ready for launch!










In the meantime, SN4 is being repaired (no info if it will be used again or replaced by SN5) and new flame trench is being built for better pressure dissipation. Tesla dropped suit vs. Alameda and look to work keep factory Covid-free (some car factories already reported employees with the virus, eventually Fremont will have to deal with it).
 

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T-minus 3 days, tho weather looks pretty bad for the 27th. The reserve dates are the 30th and June 1 I believe. Those SpaceX suits look... quite okay.

 
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@BigBone There's some trending news about Virgin Galatic / Richard Bransons rocket & space flight.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52802520

Will Whitehorn is president of the trade body UKSpace. He also initiated early design work on an air-launched rocket system when working for Sir Richard in the late 2000s.

"Everyone's attention right now is on the astronauts launching this week on a SpaceX rocket, but from an industrial perspective [Virgin Orbit] is just as significant," he told BBC News.



Now everything I've read about VG to date suggests thats its big on PR and low on doing anything, in essence a bit of a joke. Wondered if you had any comment to make and if this has any relevant/where this sits vis a vis SpaceX.
 

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@BigBone There's some trending news about Virgin Galatic / Richard Bransons rocket & space flight.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52802520

Will Whitehorn is president of the trade body UKSpace. He also initiated early design work on an air-launched rocket system when working for Sir Richard in the late 2000s.

"Everyone's attention right now is on the astronauts launching this week on a SpaceX rocket, but from an industrial perspective [Virgin Orbit] is just as significant," he told BBC News.


Now everything I've read about VG to date suggests thats its big on PR and low on doing anything, in essence a bit of a joke. Wondered if you had any comment to make and if this has any relevant/where this sits vis a vis SpaceX.
Thx for the link! Oh yeah, there's a lot of PR around Virgin Galactic, only fitting for a media darling / larger than life boss figure that is Sir Richie Rich. But I believe he's dead serious about space and been investing heavy resources into space tourism and small sat launches. It's just that space is hard. Very, very hard, and besides Elon being intelligent enough to put far more intelligent ppl. into key SpaceX positions, it took somewhat luck and US monetary assistance to break out with their Falcon 1 then 9. Virgin needs such a luck / breakthrough.

But even at SpaceX's vertical integration, testing-testing-testing philosophy with small, incremental improvements, crewed launch still got delayed by some 3-5 years. Look at triillionaire Bezos' Blue Origin: with infinitely more budget over any other private space companies, they're yet to launch any successful mission beyond testing, so it's a filthy expensive and risky venture and somewhat telling that Saturn V is still the most advanced super-heavy rocket to date and Soyuz is so far the best space capsule, both being over 50 year designs. But those used giant nations' best engineers and infinite resources to be built.

Rocket Lab's Electron is very promising: it's a small rocket with short turnaround time and they are looking to make it reusable, catching a booster out of thin air via helicopter. Peter Beck is cool AF and like Musk he's personally involved in key design and contract decisions, and such geekery is necessary it seems. Beck is actually winning small sat contracts away from SpaceX with price and launch cadence, tho SpaceX is countering that with Starlink ride-sharing on the cheap. Space industry would definitely benefit from more competition.





 
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When do you start your CHB live feed, @SwollenGoat?
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If Im at home when it goes up Ill let yall know what I see....................and hear as the usual is window shaking loud.........

Usually they catch me and the doggies unaware as its kinda just the normal round here............

The friggin sonic booms when they bring the shit BACK is what makes folks jump.............
 
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BREAKING NEWS! (weall, literally): Elon Musk and GF Grimes have given in to strict California laws and decided to change their baby's ILLEGAL name from X Æ A-12 to a perfectly lawful and much better sounding X Æ A-Xii. Reports says gov. Gavin Newsom was about to issue a warrant to arrest the couple for breaking the law and put the baby up for adoption (the Wachowski sisters were interested according to TMZ sources).

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/grimes-musk-rename-baby-comply-062110375.html

Grimes And Musk Rename Baby To Comply With California Law

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