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Factory Tour Complete, Drone Pics!

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by wk057, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. wk057

    wk057 Senior Tinkerer

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    #1 wk057, Mar 3, 2015
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    So.... NDAs.... errrr

    Well anyway, launched my Phantom 2 from across the street and took some awesome shots.

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    And if anyone remembers the banner that was sent over in January... we talked them into helping us find it.... and um.... talked them into taking a pic. :p

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    Definitely awesome overall. I recommend the tour to any owners who can make the trip.

    Place is huge. I actually didn't realize I had climbed that far when I got the full view. (Was trying to stay lower because I recently had a flyaway issue.)

    I'll edit with more pics and a video later. Unfortunately my view screen wasn't clear and I missed a flyover of the test track.

    Edit: Few more pics:
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    Edit: I'll note that I didn't do any lens correction on the pics, in case that wasn't obvious. If anyone tries to later, they're with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition.

    Next up: Gigafactory construction drone pics :)
     
  2. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Great pics! I'll bet some Tesla employees have those printed and hung by their desks.

    Thanks for finding the banner. :)
     
  3. Pilot_51

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    Awesome shots! Makes me want a drone even more.

    I see what they mean about running out of parking. Also I think I can tell how much of the factory they aren't using yet.
     
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    Incredible shots. I am seriously impressed. Your shots really give a great idea as to how darn BIG that factory is!
     
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    Wow, amazing shots. Well done.
     
  6. wk057

    wk057 Senior Tinkerer

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    Added some more pics. Will probably have to wait a bit on the video since I don't have any of my editing tools installed on this laptop.
     
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    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    Are those containers lined up at the right hand side?
     
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    great pictures, 95 footballs fields
     
  9. Paul Carter

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    Amazing! Well done and I have some great wallpapers for putting on my computer at work tomorrow.
     
  10. wk057

    wk057 Senior Tinkerer

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    I think they're trailers, but not sure. Didn't actually go that far over to get a look at them.
     
  11. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    Wonderful images! Did you ask permission? Are there regulations as to where you can fly and what you can photograph - i.e. could it be considered industrial espionage in some sense?
     
  12. ecarfan

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    It appears to me that the drone used to take those photos and video did not fly over Tesla's property. Obviously it did fly over someone's property.
     
  13. Phil K

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    Great captures and spectacular views. How high up did the drone go for the shots?
     
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    WK: Thanks. Good shots. Looking forward in seeing the video. Need to get my Phantom and GoPro Back in the air.


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    RubberToe Supporting the greater good

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    Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, YES!!!
     
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    Factory porn....oughta be a law....:wink:
     
  17. wk057

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    It's been pretty widely accepted, with case law to back it, that flight over private property is legal as long as it isn't for spying or surveillance and isn't in special/restricted air space. In my case, as a hobbyist, I was just trying to get some awesome pictures. :)

    Not that I'd ever want to have to pull the a*****e card on this ever, especially if someone told me to not fly over their property, but, as long as I don't launch from someone's property who has told me otherwise it's perfectly fine to fly over whatever without seeking permission first safely and in-sight regardless of private property or whatever. There are some guidelines for UAV flight, but none of them include such provisions regarding property.

    I won't say exactly how high (since I'm sure lectures would follow), but I was well under the altitude provisions for the local airports in San Francisco and San Jose, and Fremont is > 5 miles from each so didn't require notification to them. I always take a peek at air traffic before flying, too, just to be safe, and there was nothing anywhere near my low altitude flight at the time. I've got hundreds of hours in on the Phantom 2, and hundreds more in on self-piloted ultralight craft... so, I know what I'm doing. :)
     
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    Was expecting to see some solar panels on the roof.

    Ive done the tour, and still am amazed at how large this place is.
     
  19. Jaff

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    Great pics, thanks!

    Wonder when Tesla will get some solar panels on the rooftops?
     
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    They must be waiting for solar city to reply to their mail.
     

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