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SpaceX option package for new Tesla Roadster will include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly …
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Marques Brownlee 9 Jun 18
Replying to @elonmusk
No takebacks, Elon...
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David Jenkins 9 Jun 18
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I reckon it’s adapted cold gas thrusters used in upper stage rocket guidance, using plain old compressed air.
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Elon Musk 9 Jun 18
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19 years ago, when my 1st company got bought, I had to decide between buying a house in Palo Alto or a McLaren F1 (best car ever imo). Was no contest. I bought F1 & a small condo that was much cheaper than the car. New Tesla Roadster will exceed all gas sports cars in every way…
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Elon Musk 9 Jun 18
Replying to @djenkins6
Using the config you describe, plus an electric pump to replenish air in COPV, when car power draw drops below max pack power output, makes sense. But we are going to go a lot further.
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Elon Musk 9 Jun 18
Replying to @elonmusk
More background: I arrived in North America at 17 w $2000, a backpack & a suitcase full of books. Paid my own way thru college. Dropped out of Stanford Eng/Phys grad school w $110k in college debt. Created Internet startup w bro & Greg Khouri (love bro & loved Greg, may he RIP)
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Elon Musk 9 Jun 18
Replying to @elonmusk
At Zip2, I wrote entire V1 of software for drawing vector maps & calculating point to point directions anywhere in US (first ever company to do so), as well as white pages & business listings w reviews (an early Yelp). Also wrote V1 of classifieds, autotrading & real estate apps.
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Elon Musk 9 Jun 18
Replying to @FredericLambert
That’s quite a blast from the past! After my Zip2 experience w patents, I felt that patents (particularly software) inhibited innovation, instead of fostering it. I aspired to file zero patents after that. In 2014, we open-sourced all Tesla patents
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Elon Musk 9 Jun 18
Replying to @FredericLambert
In early 90s, I wrote a multitasker for PCs that spoofed the CPU & CD-ROM to act in parallel, so could read video continuously while player sprite moved smoothly. Required C++, assembly & direct flipping of CPU registers. That company’s name was Rocket Science. Fate loves irony.
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Elon Musk 9 Jun 18
20 years of intense programming on extremely weak CPUs with nothing for memory & a straw for bandwidth tends to burn itself onto your 🧠 like a branding iron. Can still remember trying to squeeze fractions of a millisecond out of the /?€}%$& fetch_joystick_state function.
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Elon Musk 9 Jun 18
Replying to @elonmusk
Zip2 also built a newspaper publishing platform that brought hundreds of regional & city papers online for the first time, and made major functionality advancements to the NY Times, Boston Globe & Knight-Ridder websites. NYT, KR & Hearst were all major investors in Zip2.
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Elon Musk 9 Jun 18
Replying to @elonmusk
This is why I’m not impressed when reporters who were literally in junior high while I was in newsrooms all round the world say that if I only knew how newsrooms really worked, then I’d know everything’s fine & no need for a media credibility rating system like Pravduh 🤔
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Bart Jehoel 10 Jun 18
Replying to @elonmusk @djenkins6
Actually, so this doesn't imply any carbonhydrates being used for propulsion on a roadster right? Because, imo that would be a disappointment on any Tesla.
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Elon Musk 10 Jun 18
Replying to @MKBHD
You have my word, Marques. Next gen Roadster will be absolutely out of this world. For those who love to drive, there is no finer car in history and we don’t think there will be another.
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Marques Brownlee 10 Jun 18
Replying to @elonmusk
Absolutely sick. Never been so pumped for a delivery in my life. Also hey, if you ever get a "free" day or just want to rant about tech to a camera, hit me up anytime, would love to have you on the channel 😎
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Elon Musk 10 Jun 18
Replying to @bartjehoel @djenkins6
Correct, pure electric. Wish orbital rockets could be so too, but there’s no escaping Newton’s Third Law. SpaceX is already developing high efficiency CO2 capture with H2O to form liquid CH4 (methane) & O2. Critical for propellant production at Mars Base Alpha.
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Elon Musk 10 Jun 18
Replying to @MKBHD
Will do
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Elon Musk 10 Jun 18
A lot of people whose judgment I respect have suggested this. Sounds like a good idea. Will do so after Model 3 production reaches 5k/week steady.
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Joe Rogan 10 Jun 18
Elon, anytime you’re ready you’ve got an open invitation.
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Elon Musk 10 Jun 18
Thanks! Have heard universally great things about your podcasts.
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