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Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:55 am
by Bombay Racing Green
SpaceX successfully launched a Gen 1 Tesla Roadster (as a test payload) on it’s mission to Mars yesterday. Nice to see a little bit of Hethel hardware is in space. Fly Lotus!

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:25 am
by vincereynard
With Bowie on a loop and "DON'T PANIC" on the visual display.

What will Aliens make of that?

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:27 pm
by JonB
Gotta say, the boy has some class.

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:35 pm
by john.p.clegg
Let's just hope he's got his tracking right.....

John :wink:

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:12 pm
by billwill
If you want to watch this incredible rocket launch, its on the second video on:
http://www.spacex.com/webcast

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:45 pm
by mbell
billwill wrote:If you want to watch this incredible rocket launch, its on the second video on:
http://www.spacex.com/webcast


I find the landing more amazing. The two "booster's" coming down and landing side by side at almost the exact same time nearly took my breath away. Looked liked something out of a film not real life!

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:38 pm
by john.p.clegg
Correct,it was....

John :wink:

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:47 am
by pcarew
This is probably old news for most of you, but I hadn't fully grasped the closeness between Tesla and Lotus (particularly the Roadster) until I read this:
https://www.tesla.com/en_IE/blog/lotus-position

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:26 am
by elanfan1
I wonder what state the car might be in after sometime in space. Will the extreme cold wreck it, cosmic radiation doubtless would have an effect. Probably be amazing if it was recovered a few centuries later if it didn't fall apart.

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:32 am
by rgh0
It a Lotus - it falls apart parked in a garage after a few years. In space how long will it last :lol:

cheers
Rohan

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:58 pm
by Bud English
Paint micro blisters won't be a problem. Not much moisture out there.

There is the oil or grease question for the suspension lube. :lol:

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:18 pm
by JonB
I think it is unlikely to be a complete car:

  • Lithium batteries not safe in a vacuum?
  • Suspension position looks correct despite the car not standing on the ground
  • Etc, really....

My bet is it may be Elon's old car but with much of the mechanics stripped out. Anyone who thinks they are going to snag it in 200 years and take it for a spin on Mars is going to be disappointed. It's a shell, basically.

Still, what a PR coup.

@Rohan: it's a battery powered Elise (more or less), which as far as I remember is very reliable. Well, mine was anyway!

Interesting factoid: Richard Rackham, who designed the Elise chassis, said in a documentary about the making of the Elise that he is a descendant of John "Calico Jack" Rackham, a famous pirate whose claim to fame is that he designed (and flew) the Jolly Roger.

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:07 pm
by nmauduit
JonB wrote:Interesting factoid: Richard Rackham, who designed the Elise chassis, said in a documentary about the making of the Elise that he is a descendant of John "Calico Jack" Rackham, a famous pirate whose claim to fame is that he designed (and flew) the Jolly Roger.


will there be an underwater version ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Rackham%27s_Treasure
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Red Rackham's Treasure
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Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:13 pm
by Davidb
Craigslist advt 2055:

"Tesla/Lotus sports car, true mileage unknown, one owner, batteries not included, buyer collects, sure to be a classic in the future".

Re: Lotus in space.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:11 am
by billwill
Not mileage unknown, its now done ten-of-millions of miles.