Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

Boring Company

ecarfan

Well-Known Member
Moderator
Sep 21, 2013
19,504
14,525
West Vancouver, British Columbia
My understanding is that it will be an audio livestream at

I’m excited to hear what Elon is going to say. I’m sure he has something significant to announce. He has recently tweeted that he hopes to start tunneling for an LA to SF Hyperloop in 2019 as well as the Hyperloop to BFR launch platforms idea, but I suspect he will talk about much more than that.

The other Hyperloop ventures don’t seem to have announced much lately.
 
  • Informative
Reactions: Chuq

Grendal

SpaceX Moderator
Moderator
Jan 31, 2012
6,170
7,995
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Must be the long day (4am wake up call, mad day, and now at the airport), but I read that as “We already know he wants to use them to shuttle SpaceX BFRs.”
Imagine my face...

BFR is a 9 meter diameter rocket. The Boring Company tunnel is also 9 meters. So the rocket would make a nice plug but it isn't swooshing down the tunnel. :)
 
  • Funny
Reactions: e-FTW

ecarfan

Well-Known Member
Moderator
Sep 21, 2013
19,504
14,525
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Hilarious! Elon has a wicked sense of humor. It is surprising how slow tunnel boring machines are. But the challenges involved in making them go faster are significant. Elon’s presentation last night discussed what they are, including the speed and efficiency of “muck removal” and “segment erection” (lining the tunnel to seal it and for structural support). I was amazed that they could use a Model 3 motor and a few battery packs to run the train that removes the muck, and that their tunnel boring machine will be electric.

B105FD40-ED5B-4A3E-BA2A-386AA3E781BB.jpeg
 
  • Like
Reactions: Grendal

ecarfan

Well-Known Member
Moderator
Sep 21, 2013
19,504
14,525
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Thanks for those links! What an interesting story; Steve Davis, rocket scientist and inertial navigation and guidance system expert also is the part owner of some frozen yogurt stores and is now heading up The Boring Company. He’s going from steering rockets going hundreds of miles an hour to running tunneling machines moving at tiny fractions of a inch per minute. I would love to meet him and talk about why he decided to make that switch.
Steve Davis - I get serious flashes that I know the guy from somewhere. I have no clue why.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Grendal

dhanson865

Active Member
Feb 16, 2013
4,879
10,023
Knoxville, Tennessee
I'm trying to figure out what a "life-sized Egyptian Pantheon" made of Boring Bricks would look like. Especially in my backyard. Google searches aren't helping me. Enlightenment anyone?


Look at that cinder block looking brick between the two on stage in the video. Imagine the detail vs overall size imitations with pieces that large. It'll be a leggo style set in heavy bricks instead of plastic.

I'm guessing they'll scale it to the ratio that makes the great Pyramid of gyza ~6 feet tall instead of 455 feet tall (1:75 scale). Or maybe the smallest completed historical unit would be ~6 feet tall and do all of them at 1:50 scale (you'd need a ladder to finish the pyramid)

Either way it wouldn't be 1:1 scale so "life-sized" I'm taking to mean finished objects about the height of a human.
 
Look at that cinder block looking brick between the two on stage in the video. Imagine the detail vs overall size imitations with pieces that large. It'll be a leggo style set in heavy bricks instead of plastic.

I'm guessing they'll scale it to the ratio that makes the great Pyramid of gyza ~6 feet tall instead of 455 feet tall (1:75 scale). Or maybe the smallest completed historical unit would be ~6 feet tall and do all of them at 1:50 scale (you'd need a ladder to finish the pyramid)

So is The Great Pyramid of Giza = The Egyptian Pantheon? Trying to figure out why Elon said "The Egyptian Pantheon", as I'm not familiar with that name/structure; but I'm not an Egyptian scholar.
 

dhanson865

Active Member
Feb 16, 2013
4,879
10,023
Knoxville, Tennessee
So is The Great Pyramid of Giza = The Egyptian Pantheon? Trying to figure out why Elon said "The Egyptian Pantheon", as I'm not familiar with that name/structure; but I'm not an Egyptian scholar.

He discussed it, mentioned that the "pantheon" was the pyramid + Spinx + other great Egyptian structures. I'm at work so I can't watch the video to find out what they specified. I do remember it trailed off with an implication that it was more than 3.
 

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

Well-Known Member
Jul 12, 2012
11,198
9,074
Maine
He discussed it, mentioned that the "pantheon" was the pyramid + Spinx + other great Egyptian structures. I'm at work so I can't watch the video to find out what they specified. I do remember it trailed off with an implication that it was more than 3.

pan·the·on/ˈpanTHēˌän,ˈpanTHēən/
noun

all the gods of a people or religion collectively.

So, I really think he used the wrong word.
 

dhanson865

Active Member
Feb 16, 2013
4,879
10,023
Knoxville, Tennessee
pan·the·on/ˈpanTHēˌän,ˈpanTHēən/
noun

all the gods of a people or religion collectively.

So, I really think he used the wrong word.

It's a group, he might be taking creative license to use the term for buildings and not gods but I think he knows it originally means gods. He was saying it with inflection but minus the "air quotes". I'm pretty sure it wasn't a fumble (that and they reused the term more than once).
 

Products we're discussing on TMC...

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top