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Tesla Semi aims to manufacture 100000 electric trucks per year, say Elon Musk

Tesla Semi aims to manufacture 100000 electric trucks per year, say Elon Musk

The day after Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk blasted his Tesla Roadster into space, his electric car company's mounting losses brought him back to Earth again. It was down nearly 2 percent in early trading Thursday.

This was no flaky publicity stunt.

He said forces like radiation can slowly bump the roadster toward a different course, or leftover gas in the second-stage rocket could give it another heave. And who knows what those watchers that are out there, beyond the rings of Saturn and keeping an eye on us, are thinking.

Musk's main deed is that he turned quite a routine procedure into a manifestation of the new world. Tesla has never made a full-year profit since it went public in 2010. Tesla reported a quarterly loss of $771 million on $3.3 billion in revenue.

Yet that hasn't phased investors.

SpaceX CEO said after the launch that the company already has several commercial customers lined up and should start to compete for larger military deals soon.

Of course, these issues don't affect my sense of excitement and wonder at watching the amazing launch. That is if radiation doesn't turn it slowly to shreds. In space, no-one can hear you sing. Tesla is making the more expensive Model 3s with a long-range battery first.

Tesla is now riding a production "s-curve".

In 1957, the Russians fired a tiny satellite into orbit, and America panicked.

"I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future", he said in December.

"And there are things we can do, where we can build sub-systems and then transport sub-systems to Fremont". It's colossal motivation for innovators from all over the world, a solution of global tasks, which is certainly positive. "We're going to productize the factory".

Musk reaffirmed his position that the Model Y would be created with efficiency and rapid production in mind, and even simpler to manufacture than the Model 3.

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Overall, Musk is optimistic about the potential of using The Boring Co.'s machines and tunnels as a way to help increase the pace of Tesla's manufacturing. No doubt, they will arrive in style. Other 'flight-proven' booster launches included a reused Falcon 9 booster launched and brought back to Earth from supply mission to the ISS in December, and a live used rocket flight and landing for the cameras at the end of January.

It was a risk.

Until then, the Roadster has a lot of traveling to do. The debris could be drawn by the gravity of Mars, asteroids or even swept away with the solar wind.

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"I haven't seen that big a crowd in Titusville in a long time", said Todd Halvorson, who has written about the space industry since the late 1990s and is the former publisher of Florida Today.

Musk suggested Tesla's fate may be among the stars as well.

On the other hand, the rationale for flying such a silly payload as a "mass simulator" was that the launch was too risky to fly anything more serious.

McDowell, half jokingly, predicts astronomers won't have to worry about it at all.

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