Tesla posts Q4 2017 earnings beat, Model 3 production on track

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It's also provided a relatively cheap global promotion for the Tesla Roadster, all things considered.

A Falcon Heavy launch costs about $90m while a Delta IV launch costs about $350, but can only carryabout a third weight as much into space.

It can carry up to 64 tonnes - the equivalent of five double decker buses.

Antonov Airlines, a division of Antonov State Enterprise (Kyiv), has taken part in preparations for the launch of a super-powerful Falcon Heavy rocket from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida (the United States), Ukraine's Embassy in the United States has reported. The Falcon Heavy's first flight is finally over, and despite a fudged landing in the ocean, the rocket has shown its prowess and is likely ready to begin missions for customers.

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The billionaire, who also owns Tesla, used his own auto as the test payload - with David Bowie's Space Oddity playing on lift off and a mannequin spaceman in the driver's seat. On the dashboard were the words "Don't Panic", a nod to Douglas Adams' book, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. "Following launch, Falcon Heavy's second stage will attempt to place the Roadster into a precessing Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun", the company had stated in a release.

SpaceX has been working on the Falcon Heavy rocket for years and they needed to do a demonstration launch anyway.

The flyby would not be particularly close, since the Falcon Heavy's upper stage is not created to perform any further orbital corrections.

Starman and the auto will continue their slow outward movement, and will eventually cross the orbit of Mars and then enter the asteroid belt, where it seems likely it's going to get nailed by one of the many, many rocks there.

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As of now, the Tesla Roadster has embarked on a six-months or so journey that will take it "on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit".

"If we can send a Roadster to the asteroid belt, we can probably solve Model 3 production". And for Musk, and Space X, it's a major statement of intent. "What I find unusual about this flight is normally I feel superstressed out the day before", he told reporters in a press briefing on Monday. However, the market for the Heavy is smaller than what Musk envisioned when he announced development of the rocket in 2011.

In the meantime, with the Heavy demo out of the way, Musk said SpaceX is putting its commercial crew effort for NASA front and center. "You can just put it on and jump in a vacuum chamber".

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