Drone Flyover Of Tesla’s New Gigafactory

An Early Look At A Building That Could Change The World

When completed, this 5.5M sq. ft building outside Sparks Nevada will produce batteries for Tesla cars, allowing production of affordable electric cars.

Elon Musk intends for this building to propel humanity forward to sustainable transportation, by bringing the entire lithium-ion battery manufacturing process under one roof.  Battery production would start in 2017, and be up to full scale production by 2020.

Not only will it be the biggest lithium-ion producing factory on earth, but bigger than all existing Li-ion battery facilities in the world combined!

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The entire building will be completely powered by renewable energy via rooftop solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal energy.  The factory is perfectly aligned with true North to maximize solar efficiency, and allow GPS placement of the internal production centers inside the building.

The roof should be completed by Feb 2016.  Solar panels will be installed later, but the white covering will keep the roof cool, and optimize solar panel efficiency.

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The Gigafactory’s electrical infrastructure reportedly cost approximately $300,000.

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The foundation alone cost an estimated $16 million, and just the steel and concrete for the buildings mezzanine cost nearly $13 million.

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Thanks to Tech Insider and Tesla’s gigafactory for this article!

Tesla’s Next Generation Drone Design

Tackles Battery Life Issues & Eliminates Gimbal

Check out this drone design from Tesla.  

The designer is 21-year old Frasier Leid from South Africa, who is inspired by Tesla advances in battery technology.

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The design offers 2 main advantages over today’s typical multirotor / quadcopter :

  • Battery:  10,000 mAh Tesla Powercell to support flight time of around 60 minutes, and recharge in 20 minutes.
  • Stability:  Dual-prop design would eliminate need for a Gimbal camera stabalizer.  Increased flight stability would come from ability to switch between vertical configuration (for slow camera shots) or horizontal configuration (for faster, agile shots).

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2 Other Interesting Features:

Docking stand incorporating wireless charging (classic Tesla)

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30 Megapixel Camera with 4k video recording

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Overall, very interesting design, but will it work?  We’ll be on the lookout for more about this!

Article & images thanks to Behance (Click to Read More)