Elon Musk’s Tesla, Starman fly past Mars 2 years after SpaceX launch

  • In February 2018, SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster owned by the company’s founder, Elon Musk, into deep space.
  • The electric vehicle, which has a spacesuit-clad “Starman” dummy in the driver’s seat, just made its first flyby of Mars.
  • To Starman, Mars would have appeared to be about one-tenth the size of the moon as seen from Earth, the astronomer Jonathan McDowell said.
  • The vehicle and its unlikely passenger, launched on the upper stage of a Falcon Heavy rocket, may travel for millions of years before crashing, most likely back into Earth.
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An electric car that Elon Musk rocketed into space more than two years ago just flew past Mars for the first time.

SpaceX, the rocket company Musk founded, launched his old Tesla Roadster aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket in February 2018 with a spacesuit-wearing dummy named “Starman” at the wheel.

The car

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More Silicon, Less Cobalt Is Musk’s Recipe for Cheaper Batteries

(Bloomberg Businessweek) — At his first Battery Day event, Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk said a lower-priced car will come in the next three years.



a car parked in a parking lot: Tesla vehicle at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.


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Tesla vehicle at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.



a car parked in a parking lot: Tesla vehicle at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.


© Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Tesla vehicle at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.

Reducing—specifically halving—manufacturing costs of lithium-ion batteries was the overarching theme of the event. That reduction will enable a cheaper model—a “dream from the very beginning,” Musk said. Tesla aims to eventually produce 20 million of these fully autonomous vehicles per year, but he didn’t give a clear time frame for achieving this goal. The battery innovations include the following:



a car parked in a parking lot: Tesla vehicles at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.


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Tesla vehicles at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.

1. More Silicon, Less Cobalt

Musk focused on the two materials used in a battery’s electrodes (the anode and the cathode,

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Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’: All of Elon Musk’s announcements and highlights

  • Tesla’s delayed shareholder meeting and “Battery Day” kicked off on Tuesday afternoon outside the company’s Fremont, California, factory.
  • Following a short formal portion of the meeting, CEO Elon Musk gave a review of the company’s progress over the past year with heavy emphasis on software and manufacturing. 
  • Musk touted new battery improvements that could make manufacturing cheaper and provide more power.
  • He also announced a yet-to-be-named future Tesla car that will be priced at $25,000 and a $140,000 “Plaid” version of its Model S.
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Elon Musk and other Tesla executives held an unusual outdoor version of the company’s annual shareholder meeting and a “Battery Day” presentation on Tuesday afternoon in Fremont, California.

Among the touted advancements in power technology and manufacturing, Musk announced a yet-to-be-named $25,000 Tesla car was in the works thanks to the cost savings in battery production that will touch

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Tesla’s value drops $50 billion as Musk’s promised cheaper battery three years away

(Reuters) – Investors slashed $50 billion from Tesla Inc’s TSLA.O market value on Tuesday despite CEO Elon Musk’s promise to cut electric vehicle costs so radically that a $25,000 car that drives itself will be possible, but not for at least three years.

Tesla’s market cap dropped $20 billion in just two hours after trading closed Tuesday, as Musk and other Tesla executives presented their new battery and manufacturing strategies. Shares closed down 5.6% and dropped another 6.9% after hours.

“Nothing Musk discussed about batteries is a done deal,” said Roth Capital Partners analyst Craig Irwin. “There was nothing tangible.”

Investors had expected two significant announcements at Musk’s oft-touted “Battery Day”: The development of a “million mile” battery good for 10 years or more, and a specific cost reduction target — expressed in dollars per kilowatt-hour — that would finally drop the price of an electric vehicle below that of

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Tesla Battery Day event: what to expect from Elon Musk’s latest big announcement

Tesla’s Battery Day is upon us. The September 22nd event in Palo Alto, California, “will blow your mind,” CEO Elon Musk promised in a recent earnings call. “It blows my mind, and I know it!” Musk also hinted that we should expect “many exciting things” at the event.

What sort of things? Musk has left a trail of breadcrumbs over the years in the form of tweets, public comments, patents, and research papers published by his team of battery scientists, hinting at what kinds of battery breakthroughs Tesla may unveil.

Tesla is already the industry leader when it comes to squeezing range out of lithium-ion batteries in electric cars, so it will be interesting to see what other advances get showcased on Battery Day. The company originally planned to hold the event

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