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And the purpose of blasting a Roadster into Geosynchronous orbit is....

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Hornedfrog1, Feb 6, 2018.

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  1. Hornedfrog1

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  2. ThisIsTrue

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    Massive -- and brilliant -- publicity. Musk showcased the car, the rocket, the space suit, and the ability of SpaceX to do what they said to a MASSIVE audience. Even if (as usual) it took longer than he wanted.
     
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    "Purpose?"

    Are you kidding?

    Just another example of how much smarter Elon is than the average person. He tends to hate advertising--it's a huge expense which he would much rather spend on making his products better.

    What an perfect example of massive, free, "advertising" for both Tesla and SpaceX, and so much more cool than sending a few tons of concrete into space which was the normal SOP for a test launch . . . .
     
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    You need to simulate cargo with mass. Most missions use dead weight. Sure they could have put up a satellite, but who is paying for a satellite that has a reasonable chance of being destroyed? Also space x is demoing their ability to fly through the van Allen radiation belt.
     
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    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Not to mention how this has sparked the imagination of kids everywhere ... it's amazing.
     
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    It's not in geosynchronous, that would be irresponsible. It's slated to go on a solar orbit between Earth and Mars
     
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    I just grabbed this off the live feed.
    star3.png
    You could just call this "art", too, and that's a fine answer for me.
     
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    Not only does this confirm to the world the link between Tesla and SpaceX it garnered a $Billion of free publicity.

    How many other people are capable of launching their really cool electric sports car into a orbit around the sun, stopping by Mars on the way.

    It also has a bunch of scientific sensors to gather data that can be used when they begin to send people to colonize Mars.

    Going through the Van Allen Radiation belt will send back tons of data. They need to know what they will be facing when they send people.
     
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    Screenshot 2018-02-06 14.19.20.jpg Here is one I just grabbed from the feed. The mainstream media is loving this. Yep..it is genius.
     
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    Elon quote from post launch press conference:
    "Silly / fun things are important..."


    Some people working at Space-X get to tell their friends they did this with a silly smirk on their face.
    Seems like an employee morale booster to have some fun in an otherwise totally serious industry.
     
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    To put some joy into a world that has little. To capture the imagination of people everywhere. And as my father used to say: Why does a dog lick its privates? Because he can.
     
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    o_O
     
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    Ferrari spent $476 million on Formula One racing in 2016.

    Elon is better at marketing than Ferrari.

    But I can't help but wonder if the Roadster is the one that broke in Malibu and is being banished from the Kingdom... ;)
     
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    What would you want the aliens to find, a V8 featuring 100-year-old combustion technology and a tank of fossilized dinosaurs?

    What if the aliens were dinosaurs? Awwwkwaaard...

    Electric car, a towel and some Asimov. We've put our best face forward here. I like our timeline again.
     
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    "And the purpose of blasting a Roadster into Geosynchronous orbit is...."

    ... to avoid repeating the last test payload, which was a giant wheel of cheese.

    What, did you want them to send up a boring block of concrete as a payload test mass?
     
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    Next they should launch a Model X, with the falcon wings opened of course!
     
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  17. ggr

    ggr Roadster R80 537, SigS P85 29

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    No, this is an original Roadster 2.5, circa 2009/2010. (@TEG could tell us for sure). It isn't a newly announced one.
     
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    Thanks.


    For wrecking my punchline!!! :D
     
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  19. TEG

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    It is actually a 2010 2.0 that had updates to make it look like a 2.5 ( what some called a 2.25 )
     
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    It's not geosynchronous. It's a deep space orbit around the sun that will take it to the asteroid belt
     

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