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  1. VolkerP

    SpaceX Falcon 9 FT launch - Iridium Next 11-20 - SLC-4E

    If spaces are allowed, you could go with " X" in Alaska :D
  2. VolkerP

    SpaceX Falcon 9 FT launch - Iridium Next 11-20 - SLC-4E

    They pulled all the strings they had in this one. congrats!
  3. VolkerP

    SpaceX vs. Everyone - ULA, NG, Boeing, Lockheed, etc.

    I am quite sure that the way how things panned out recently has lead to many meetings held behind closed doors inside ULA. No organization is always single-minded. Now is the time to raise their voice for those who demanded changes, but had to succumb under the hierarchy for the last years. Now...
  4. VolkerP

    SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - Inmarsat 5 F4 - LC-39A

    stage separation was just short of 10.000 km/h. I never saw a F9 first stage go so fast before.
  5. VolkerP

    Falcon Heavy - General Discussion

    no superchargers there...
  6. VolkerP

    SECOND stage recovery speculation

    Independent of Grendals post, I drew this old video up in a second browser tab before reading on in this thread. :D So up to the 1:26 mark, SpaceX has delivered. The second stage does a deorbit burn. We have to see a powered landing of the Dragon capsule yet, and there is no information on the...
  7. VolkerP

    Interesting personal reactions - SpaceX vs ULA

    While I can see your point, remember that ULA launches military missions and does everything possible to prevent SpaceX to do the same. I have no doubt that SpaceX is willing launch spy satellites as soon as the govt allows them to do sp. And we will have no webcast or onboard gopro footage on...
  8. VolkerP

    Tesla Gigafactory

    Any news how it is going at the GF1? I would be interested to learn monthly or quarterly cell production volumes.
  9. VolkerP

    Heroic Driver Sacrifices His Tesla To Save Unconscious Man In Runaway Volkswagen

    I saw it all over the news front pages today in Munich. The driver's a hero there.
  10. VolkerP

    Elon Musk doing AMA at 3pm PST

    I missed the AMA but enough folks on this forum to discuss the following question: Living on Mars will be hard, terraforming it even harder. It has only 0.5% of Earth's atmospheric pressure and no magnetic field to protect from cosmic rays. Increasing atmospheric density is hard to come by...
  11. VolkerP

    SpaceX Return to Fight and what was the anomaly

    The frozen oxygen and carbon overwrap reaction sounds plausible to me. I wonder why this didn't blow up the first time since SpaceX started to use superchilled LOX. Was there a change in fueling procedure?
  12. VolkerP

    Blue Origin - Booster Reuse - New Shepard

    Maybe the rocket names give a hint on the mission profiles? New Shepard - ballistic flight to the boundary of space, like Alan B. Shepard's flight New Glenn - Earth orbit, like John Glenn's flight New Armstrong - to the Moon, like Armstrong's Apollo 11 mission
  13. VolkerP

    The coolest thing about Falcon Heavy... I CAN'T WAIT!! :D

    I am sure they did. It might be necessary to launch a FH under conditions where the middle core cannot be retrieved: Severe weather in the landing zone, preventing the drone ship to operate. A demanding mission where the core takes excessive damage during reentry burn and needs heavy...
  14. VolkerP

    SpaceX Falcon 9 FT launch - CRS 9 - SLC-40

    The first one is sold. The rest you can find here http://spacex.com/falcon9/preowned/ ;)
  15. VolkerP

    Falcon Heavy - General Discussion

    I understand that the key to increased payload mass is the amount of fuel left in the center core at the moment of booster separation. And how to reach this without propellant cross feed. If FH requires a modified center core, SpaceX could increase its fuel capacity right from the start. The...
  16. VolkerP

    SpaceX Falcon 9 FT launch - SES 9 - SLC-40

    The Costa Concordia is being dismantled in the port of Genua (Genova), Italy. Image at GPS 44.396195, 8.929718
  17. VolkerP

    Days of Hybrids numbered?

    Here is a link to the 2012 study: McKinsey: Battery technology charges ahead I recalled it from the discussion of this current Bloomberg New Energy Finance study: Electric vehicles to be 35% of global new car sales by 2040
  18. VolkerP

    Days of Hybrids numbered?

    An interesting thought struck me during the last days, discussing battery breakthroughs and oil prices. A McKinsey study from 2012 featured a nice graph for the economic viability of different drive train technologies. While some years have passed, I think the fundamental idea is still valid...
  19. VolkerP

    SpaceX Falcon 9 FT launch - SES 9 - SLC-40

    Jeff has tugboats? :tongue:
  20. VolkerP

    SpaceX Falcon 9 FT launch - SES 9 - SLC-40

    I got up for this. It is 12:40AM here :mad:
  21. VolkerP

    Moderator scaling back

    Robert, all the best for your new venture! Volker
  22. VolkerP

    Tesla to drop the 85kWh battery packs from the line

    They discouraged upgrading your existing model S to a 90 at the announcement. too minor a step, they said. Some owners here in Germany inquired nonetheless and got a quote of 29k Euros. The 85 battery is returned for which you would get 2k - scrap value, basically. No wonder no one took up on...
  23. VolkerP

    Tesla Meeting with the Federal Trade Commission (Request for Comment)

    open to everybody on earth - great! got #381 What to say as a non US resident?
  24. VolkerP

    When is Lutz going to shut up?

    I'd like to ask for a chance to demonstrate that I actually can destroy money... large piles of money... :tongue: - - - Updated - - - This sort of blasphemy was called a Fisker Karma. Didn't do too well...
  25. VolkerP

    When is Lutz going to shut up?

    Bob Lutz' knowledge of the car industry is only excelled by his knowledge of bankruptcy.
  26. VolkerP

    Do you plan to reserve a Model 3?

    Very likely to put down a reservation. Keeping some powder dry when March comes. I initiated a time sharing Model S project back in 2013 which runs really well. A successor for Model X is in the making. So I'm in the boat "need another electric" but it's time for an EV all of my own (and my...
  27. VolkerP

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    Hell no, the best for Tesla would be to drive battery tech all by themselves as fast as they can go! With their production volume in 2020, even small improvements scale up to big savings. No other competitor can parallel that.
  28. VolkerP

    SpaceX Falcon 9 FT launch - SES 9 - SLC-40

    I read somewhere that every Falcon launch carries surplus fuel. It is needed in case of an "engine out" event in the first stage. The remaining engines need to burn longer to deliver the payload with correct orbit parameters. The rocket would be a loss. If no such event occurs, the fuel can...
  29. VolkerP

    Interesting Timeline for the Gigafactory

    Unsold inventory is bad for quarter results. But I bet they could sell all the 100kWh powerpacks they could make.
  30. VolkerP

    SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Jason 3 - Vandenberg

    I read somewhere that many Delta Clipper engineers now work at BlueOrigin. That Jeff company. I think the Delta Clipper experimental craft was well ahead of its time. No one had the guts to go on with that concept inside NASA. The successful vertical landings of Falcon 9 and BlueOrigin are an...
  31. VolkerP

    SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Jason 3 - Vandenberg

    Gathering all the kids in front of NASA.TV webcast. It is 7:30pm here and the should be in bed by now...
  32. VolkerP

    It's a Good Thing that GM unveiled the Bolt nearly 3 months before Model 3 unveiling!

    I might have fallen for circular referencing here. :redface: One article is from forum member Zach Shahan Why Is GM Only Planning 30,000 Chevy Bolts Per Year? - Gas 2 but he lacks a source, too. I would welcome any higher production numbers, 30.000 is a drop in the ocean for the U.S. market...
  33. VolkerP

    It's a Good Thing that GM unveiled the Bolt nearly 3 months before Model 3 unveiling!

    To make a Bolt you start with Boblutz and remove the buz. But GM announced to make only 30 thousand of them a year.
  34. VolkerP

    Update: Model X has a single charger, but only 48A capable

    We don't know what spurred Tesla's decision to go with 48A, product design or technical limitations. swiss based BRUSA has a compact water cooled 22kW charger in the market since 2013 which would be suitable for the 3 phase on board charger required in Europe.
  35. VolkerP

    Volkswagen Is Ordered to Recall Nearly 500,000 Vehicles Over Emissions Software

    EPA says 10000 cars affected in U.S: Notice of Violation I don't get it. Instead of coming out and cleaning up this mess all at once, VW waits for others to drag the full truth bit by bit into the light. This undermines the credibility of any step VW can honestly do to repair the damage. They...
  36. VolkerP

    Tesla Gigafactory Investor Thread

    What plant could be easier to power with intermittent solar power than a battery factory?
  37. VolkerP

    Comments from Renault-Nissan CEO

    Asking an Auto CEO on the subject of "clean diesel" is like tasking the frogs to drain the swamp.
  38. VolkerP

    Has VW (and others?) pushed forward the tipping point for EVs by trashing diesels?!

    The EPA should mandate VW to offer following options to every affected customer a) fix the emission control system in the car, pay compensation for lower fuel efficiency, poor acceleration, higher emission tax classification, reduced resale value, and traumatic owner experience :tongue: b) swap...
  39. VolkerP

    Model X reveal impact on TSLA

    Whenever I pop my head into a Model X thread - well any Model X thread - it is about 2nd row folding flat. Sheesh, people. :cursing:
  40. VolkerP

    Potential Impact of VW Diesel Cheating on EV Sales in the U.S. And Europe

    Hopefully, some folks will do exactly this. Watch for emission test laboratories that refuse to accept investigations because "we're overbooked all of a sudden."
  41. VolkerP

    German bill requires CCS and L2 plugs at every new fast charge point.

    Ricardo Reyes paid a visit to the IAA. He mentioned that a lot of fighting is going on behind the curtains...
  42. VolkerP

    EU Market Situation and Outlook

    I won't be dragged in a discussion of fast charging standards here. It's just that a German ministry is refusing to subsidize charging spots if CHAdeMO is rolled out with the first spot. If German politics are to support electric mobility with tax payer's money, the expectation is to NOT...
  43. VolkerP

    Aqueous Saltwater Battery

    Great. Please sell it to my utility. I would rent out some space in my basement to them, though.
  44. VolkerP

    EU Market Situation and Outlook

    No this is a different programme. It is - complicated. The SLAM programme is run by the office of economic affairs (BMWi) headed by Sigmar Gabriel, SPD BMWi - startet SLAM It offers incentives for buying and installing fast chargers that adhere to the conditions: a CCS plug is mandatory, the...
  45. VolkerP

    Tesla Gigafactory

    I devoured the latest posts talking about square feet and cubic feet, but all of a sudden there is talk about eating things with eight feet?! :tongue:
  46. VolkerP

    EU Market Situation and Outlook

    June in Germany is 224. All time record month! There were 6 cars wrecked in a truck crash, hours before reaching the service center. :crying:
  47. VolkerP

    SpaceX and...Alcantara?!?!

    If they choose the Russians, they will need these thousands of miles of ocean just to its east. Just sayin' :tongue:
  48. VolkerP

    Volkswagen E-Golf

    Probably the Designwerk portable Fast DC charger MDC22. Input is 22kW three phase AC via CEE or type 2 plug. CCS or CHAdeMO plugs on the DC side. There is an internal water coolant circuit in that box. Designwerk GmbH - Schnellladegerät MDC22 A few desperate owners of BMW i3 and eGolf turned...
  49. VolkerP

    Shared robo cars will destroy car industry as we know it

    The prediction is somewhat in line with Tony Seba: A drastically reduced number of automated shared cars will do the same amount of transportation as today's individually owned cars that are parked >95% of the time. Cities will do away with parking lots, highways will allow only autonomously...
  50. VolkerP

    Tesla Gigafactory Investor Thread

    50% larger means, they must add one floor.

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