Tesla Earnings Q1 2021

Tesla had $438 Million in GAAP net income and over $1 billion in non-GAAP net income. Tesla almost reached its Q4 revenue 2020 with the traditionally weak first quarter. Tesla grew its gross margin despite not having the higher-margin Model S and Model X. Model 3 was the best-selling premium sedan in the world. The …

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Orbital Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Demo By 2025

DARPA is funding a nuclear thermal orbital flight demonstration by 2025. The Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program is to demonstrate a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system on orbit. NTP uses a nuclear reactor to heat propellant to extreme temperatures before expelling the hot propellant through a nozzle to produce thrust. Compared to …

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Feasability of Deploying Over 10 Terawatts of Space Based Solar

Zachary Manchester of Carnegie Mellon University has received a phase 1 NASA NIAC grant and will study how to create mechanical metamaterials to design lightweight deployable structures with unprecedented expansion ratios of 150x or more. A structure could be launched inside a single Falcon Heavy rocket fairing and then be deployed autonomously to a final …

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TAE Technologies Targets Commercial Nuclear Fusion by 2030

TAE has produced a stable plasma at 50,000,000°C within a compact reactor and repeated this over hundreds of testing cycles. They have had over 25,000 fully integrated fusion reactor core experiments. The experiments were optimized with machine learning from a collaboration with Google. The current goal is a commercial fusion power plant by 2030. They …

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