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Gigafactory Drone Pics

Discussion in 'TSLA Investor Discussions' started by wk057, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. wk057

    wk057 Senior Tinkerer

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    #1 wk057, Mar 7, 2015
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    Just got done a long drive from San Francisco -> Gigafactory -> Las Vegas (not in my Model S, unfortunately).

    Figured I'd post the pics I snapped of the Gigafactory up before I hit the hay.

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    In good faith I did my best to keep my little drone out of what appeared to be the construction area itself to prevent any potential objections.

    Unfortunately the weather was not on my side. I was battling a 20-30 MPH headwind heading from my launch spot towards the site, so it took most of my battery to reach the area. Then the winds slowed a bit once I got near (so not a great tail wind as expected for return), which meant I had super limited close-by time before I needed to head back. I didn't quite make it to the far side. On the return trip at about 700ft from my launch location a gust from the direction of the factory kicked my drone air speed up to nearly 60 MPH (full throttle return plus the new tail wind), and I had some trouble making a safe landing after the winds picked up again. I did a slow and steady spiral down to stay out of my backwash on decent at ~0.5m/sec and managed a safe landing at about 15% battery remaining.

    Long story short, the wind picked up again faster than before to the point where I didn't consider a second flight safe. I hung around for a little while to see if it would give a bit, but it didn't, so, I didn't do a second or third flight as planned.

    I did get some pretty cool shots from the first run, though, as you can see. I just didn't get to cover everything as I would have liked.

    Enjoy. :)
     
  2. RobStark

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    linky no worky
     
  3. wk057

    wk057 Senior Tinkerer

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    Yeah, not sure what happened with my attachments. Self hosted them to fix.
     
  4. dennis

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    Awesome pics!
     
  5. Auzie

    Auzie Tree Hugger Member

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    #5 Auzie, Mar 7, 2015
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    Great photos, thanks for posting.

    I assume GF will have electricity from solar. I am curious about water supply and discharges, how is that handled. I do not see water tanks or treatment plant. Also, are they laying a fiber to the premises for IT or something else?
     
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    Spectacular! One can really see how what is built now is just the "pilot plant" which is still tiny compared to the whole prepared pad for the eventual full building! Wow!

    BTW, thanks for attempting to stay legit with your flight plan. It's not what "we" can get away with, but what it reasonable to Tesla that counts. Our community rep is at stake in the long run.
     
  7. bluenation

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    very great pics, thanks OP

    but i cant help but get deja vu from the winds affecting your batt life so much ;)
     
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    Great pics! I need a quad...
     
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    FANTASTIC PICS!! One of em is my new desktop background ;)
     
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    Awesome captures! Thank you for taking us there.
     
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    It's seriously huge!! Good share!! :wink:
     
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    hello

    Which of these images corresponds more to the currently deployed technology?

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    Greetings from Germany

    KaJu74
     
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    First corresponds more, but neither is really correct (pilot plant is 1/5 the size of the full plant)
     
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    Which day of the week were these gigafactory pic(s) taken? If not Sunday, any idea why the parking lot was nearly empty?
     
  15. dhanson865

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    nice pics, hope you can get more later.
     
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    "I was battling a 20-30 MPH headwind heading from my launch spot towards the site"

    Wow Nice work. Are you doing the wifi remote that came with the Quadcopter. I read somewhere it interfered with the GPS. All my flights have been video.
     
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    Thank you for sharing these great photos.
    What exciting times.
    Go, go Tesla!
    ~Larry
     
  18. gg_got_a_tesla

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    Wait, so, this GF thingie is not vaporware intended to mislead investors?! :p

    Great stuff really. Thanks, @wk057.

    That terrain - seemingly completely devoid of vegetation - can pass off for Mars!
     
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    Actually if you listen to some of the FUDsters they characterized the initial grading of the site as "bulldozers doing circles in the desert for publicity", so this is obviously just cranes playing with an erector set in the desert for publicity as well.
     
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    Based on what he wrote I'd say he took them yesterday - i.e., Saturday.
     

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