Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. A man both good and great.
Should mention that the battery cells used for this are 200 Wh/kg vs 250 for Model S. No short term supply constraint.
Solar power w batteries will be the primary (not exclusive) means of sustainable energy production solarcity.com/pressreleases/…
View of Earth from upper stage rear view camera at 8,000 miles pic.twitter.com/V4tdMUA48X
[PHOTO] Falcon 9 and SES-8 liftoff from SpaceX's launch pad at Cape Canaveral pic.twitter.com/fucwgYH0s5
Restart was good, apogee raised to 80k km (50k miles). Yes!!!
Reached parking orbit. Now coasting towards equator, where the upper stage will, if all goes well, restart to raise apogee
Live video feed of launch at spacex.com/webcast
About an hour away from launch. I'd like to thank @SES_Satellites
for taking a chance on @SpaceX
. We've given it our all.
An Amazon drone just flew away with my dog.
German govt reviews Tesla Model S fires. All due to high speed impacts, no injuries. Concludes: no defects, no recall teslamotors.com/about/press/re…
All known rocket anomalies resolved. Will spend another day rechecking to be sure. Launch attempt tmrw eve w Wed as backup.
The gas generator is a small rocket engine that powers the turbopump, which produces 7000 horsepower & weighs 160 lbs
Engines are cycling cleanly w ground pneumatics. Replaced gas generator on engine 9 (center) as a precautionary measure.
Abort was caused by oxygen in ground side TEA-TEB. Upper stage on separate internal circuit, so doesn't face same risk.
Rocket engines are healthy, but cleaning turbopump gas generators will take another day. Aiming for Mon eve launch.
We called manual abort. Better to be paranoid and wrong. Bringing rocket down to borescope engines ...
If launch aborts, we will bring the rocket down for engine inspection, so probably a few days before next attempt
Increasing helium spin start pressure. Probably <50% chance of passing all aborts, but worth a try. Countdown resuming ...
Launch aborted by autosequence due to slower than expected thrust ramp. Seems ok on closer inspection. Cycling countdown.
Live stream of launch at spacex.com/webcast
Model S Owner drives 3121 miles solo from Canada to Mexico reddit.com/r/IAmA/comment…
Good description of the launch by @WIRED
Don't actually mean to knock Honda -- their cars are solid -- but the park outside (or yr house might burn down) advice was awesome
...but only if you like your house "Honda recalls Fit for fire risk, says park it outside usatoday.com/story/money/ca…
Falcon 9 launch window opens tmrw at 5:39pm EST. Watch LIVE at spacex.com/webcast
. Happy #Spacegiving
This is what happens when your car is not a #Tesla
This will never happen with a TS
Ford issues 4th and 5th recalls for 2013 Escapes spontaneously catching fire. Not in the mainstream media. @elonmusk detroitnews.com/article/201311…
Saw pressure fluctuations on Falcon boost stage liquid oxygen tank. Want to be super careful, so pushing launch to Thurs.
Falcon 9 targeted to launch SES-8 for @SES_Satellites
tmrw. 1st SpaceX GEO transfer mission. spacex.com/webcast pic.twitter.com/COKp7zatXh
At Disney World w kids for traditional prelaunch visit (first good flight was after riding Space Mountain)
Launch can be viewed live from Cape causeways or via SpaceX.com
webcast around 5:30 local time on Monday
Will be toughest mission to date. Requires coast + upper stage restart + going to 80,000 km altitude (~1/4 way to moon).
Headed to Cape Canaveral tomorrow for first @SpaceX
geostationary satellite launch.
Tesla Model S Consumer Reports customer satisfaction survey highest of any car on road at 99/100 insideevs.com/tesla-model-s-…
: Excellent comments on this @elonmusk
thing via @YouTube
Tesla is also extending the Model S warranty to cover any fire damage even if due solely to a driver accident
If NHTSA identifies an improvement that would materially improve safety, it will be implemented at no cost to all cars.
On Friday last week, Tesla VP of Regulatory Affairs, Jim Chen, invited NHTSA senior staff to conduct a review of Model S
What makes this incredibly unjust is that the Model S to date has the best safety record of any car on the road (no injuries or deaths ever)
Why does a Tesla fire w no injury get more media headlines than 100,000 gas car fires that kill 100s of people per year?
SuperDraco rocket engine fired at full thrust w a printed Inconel chamber. Used for Dragon escape & landing pic.twitter.com/HjWEayLlBN
In other news, George Clooney reports that his iPhone 1 had a bug back in '07
Model S owner blogs about TN accident teslamotors.com/blog/model-s-o…
Thanks Woz! "@stevewoz
: Here to pick up my new car! (at @TeslaMotors
w/ 2 others)"
East Coast Supercharger network should be complete in a few months.
Tesla West Coast Supercharger network now energized. Travel from Vancouver to Tijuana in styel! teslamotors.com/about/press/re…