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Elon Musk bids Starman farewell in a final Instagram snap

Elon Musk bids Starman farewell in a final Instagram snap

And, most importantly, the names of more than 6,000 SpaceX employees, etched on a plaque on the attachment fitting between the Falcon Heavy upper stage and the Tesla.

Elon Musk has no problem delivering a Telsa to Marvin Martian, but on earth, he and his Tesla team has a hard time to ramp up the Model 3 production. Tesla ultimately wants to automate as much of its assembly lines as possible.

The Falcon Heavy was designed with the intention of bringing people to the moon or even Mars.

Of course, the mission for Falcon Heavy wasn't to promote a vehicle, but including a Roadster with Starman, and streaming the view from space certainly helped the Tesla brand. "We think that if Elon Musk, if SpaceX, and can do what they did yesterday in space, they're gonna be able to produce the Model 3", Wood said.




UBS analyst Colin Langan maintained a sell rating on Tesla and price target of 190. Looking back at 2017, the vehicle company reeled off its biggest milestones: record deliveries of its Model S and X, the arrival of its first Model 3, an updated Tesla Roadster (one now headed toward Mars after being launched inside a SpaceX rocket), a 500-mile range semi-truck, and the world's largest battery in Australia. CRAIG BAILEY, FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK The Falcon Heavy lifts off from Kennedy Space Center.

Two of the Heavy Falcon's reusable boosters successfully touched back down to their launchpads.

Beyond economic benefits, the Falcon Heavy launch, complete with side boosters that safely landed, showcased technology that could one day help USA and allied troops — especially at a time when there are frictions with countries like Russian Federation and China, which possess the capabilities of jamming communications and, potentially, much worse. Now The Tesla is currently in orbit while playing David Bowie's legendary track about space travel.

The company reported a whopping $675.4 million net loss for the final quarter of 2017 and a $1.96 billion deficit for the year, the most ever on both counts. Exceeding the forecast provided Tesla an adjusted net loss that was slightly better than expected. The report also notes the Roadster on board the rocket is Musk's own auto. "It's about the cool-car thesis", he said.


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