Elon Musk Talks Seattle Satellites For Mars, Teases Mannequin X Autonomy Options
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk held a press convention at the moment at SpaceX HQ (by way of Bloomberg) to debate quite a few his firm’s upcoming initiatives, together with a brand new engineering workplace in Seattle, in addition to subsequent-era autonomous driving options for Tesla, and the progress of SpaceX’s reusable rocket program, in mild of a close to-profitable recapture of the stage 1 rocket throughout this week’s Dragon launch.
Musk principally retread previous territory, speaking concerning the new satellite tv for pc engineering facility in Seattle (which is definitely devoted to satellite tv for pc improvement, along with truly being a satellite tv for pc workplace, yuk yuk) and the way it will pave the best way for Musk’s final objective of colonizing Mars inside his lifetime. The formidable CEO has mentioned Mars colonization up to now, first discussing it as a viable choice for preserving the way forward for humanity again in October. He’s additionally promised extra lately to disclose extra particulars of his colonization plan this yr, of which SpaceX’s satellite tv for pc plans act as one small half.
Different subjects up for dialogue on the occasion included Tesla’s gross sales objectives: The electrical automotive-maker needs to ship one hundred,000 automobiles per yr, which is a steep embrace from its 33,000 delivery complete for all of 2014. That was restricted by its capability to supply sufficient automobiles to satisfy demand, nevertheless, and Musk stated that plans to ship the SUV format Mannequin X within the third quarter of this yr, as beforehand introduced.
The Mannequin X gained’t simply be information as a result of it should supply the comfort elements of a bigger car, however as a result of will probably be totally different in different regards from what’s come earlier than. Musk stated that it’ll function “an entire bunch of issues […] that haven’t been revealed,” based on Bloomberg, and that it’ll have autonomous driving options which are “a step past” what we’ve already seen from the corporate in that space. Musk has beforehand said that Tesla will lead the market in autonomous driving, providing one thing akin to “autopilot” for its automobiles earlier than anybody else does so in shopper fashions.
The SpaceX CEO additionally mentioned the current touchdown try for the primary stage rocket that helped propel Dragon to its fifth resupply mission for the Worldwide Area Station. The rocket almost succeeded in touching down for a touchdown aboard a SpaceX autonomous seafaring spaceport barge, however ran out of hydraulic fluid and landed arduous as an alternative, damaging the platform. Musk says that in round three weeks time, they’ll have a “respectable probability” to tug it off with out incident.
I truthfully simply paused after re-studying that final paragraph and thought “I can’t consider I’m dwelling in a time the place I’m capable of write that sentence, and never in a fictional context.” That’s all.