Is Elon Musk Serious About Building A Flying Tesla?
Sunday January 13, 2019. 12:34 PM , from Slashdot
An anonymous reader quotes Inc:
It's inevitable, really. Musk's two largest companies, Tesla Motors and SpaceX, make electric cars and rockets.... Musk tweeted about a 'SpaceX option package' for the next Tesla Roadster in June of last year. The upgrade was described as including about '10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly...'
Musk then hinted even more strongly at the possibility of a flying Tesla this week when he retweeted a GIF of a flying DeLorean from 'Back to the Future,' saying: 'The new Roadster will actually do something like this.' He then went on to describe how small SpaceX air thrusters will be used to essentially turn a Tesla Roadster into a hovercraft or perhaps... something with an even higher vertical range.
Two years ago Musk insisted flying cars
were noisy and annoyed the people on the ground -- although you could argue this shows he'd been thinking about the mechanics of flying cars, and when it's an appropriate time to use rocket thrusters.
Inc's headline? 'Elon Musk Has Plans For a Tesla / SpaceX Flying Car (And He's Serious. Probably.'
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