SpaceX has also been upgrading many facilities at and around the launch site, including readying their new nearby landing zone for supporting future Return-To-Launch-Site (RTLS) landings at Vandenberg.
It is also possible to see the central engine changing its direction.
Let's start with Wednesday's financials.
"2018 will be a transformative year for Tesla, with a high level of operational scaling", CEO Elon Musk said in an earnings press release. No worries. There are plenty of car safety features that are available, affordably, for ALL cars, not just new ones. You can see why everyone took them as a gut punch.
"If we can send a Roadster to the asteroid belt, we can probably solve Model 3 production".
This recovery massively reduces the launch cost for both exploration and scientific discovery. The core was unloaded and sent back to SpaceX HQ at in Hawthorne to be inspected and refurbished. The rocket boosters on this test flight had a controlled and breathtakingly simultaneous landing onto the launch pad.
His expectations for Model Y, which hasn't yet been unveiled, are enormous.
Musk was forced to scale back expectations in July of last year, to just 20,000 Model 3 vehicles by last December. "The images of the car - and its spooky faceless driver - with the Earth as a backdrop are compelling".
NASA has just released an ephemeris (celestial coordinates) for the electric car, allowing astronomers to track and photograph the Tesla as it recedes into deep space. According to Musk, "The center core - obviously it didn't land on the drone ship. This trend is likely to continue", Gingrich wrote. If microorganisms were found there we may never know whether they actually came from Earth in the first place.
What do you make of a US tech billionaire with a troubled childhood in white South Africa who wants to save the entire human race?
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And there's a lesson in that. Fittingly, David Bowie's song "Starman" played in the background.
"As an engineer I would process that data and then give it to a geologist", O'Black said. But since it's speeding away into space, a month from now, you'd need a much larger scope, of at least 16 inches. In October, the Boring Company won permission from the US government to dig a 10-mile test tunnel under Maryland.
That's the point with people like Musk.
Musk described himself as "cautiously optimistic", which suggests Tesla is still a bit nervous about its new goals.
Tesla says it has a plan, in particular a new automated battery assembly line.
SHIFTING TARGETS: Tesla delivered 103,181 vehicles last year, up 35 percent over 2016 and ahead of its targets. "No further delays in Model 3 production anticipated should be taken positively", said CFRA Research's Efraim Levy.
The ATLAS telescope spotted the Tesla Roadster in flight during its routine observations. If the market cap falls short, he doesn't get a dime. On Tuesday, after one of Mr Musk's companies blasted a sports car into space and another reported record losses, his bored alter-ego put out a single tweet. Astronomers will eventually be able to figure out its a man made object, however, by observing its "orbit and behavior and brightness".