By Tom Miles article Tesla will be able to make rockets bigger and stronger than the first generation Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rocket, according to engineers from the company’s research and development team.
The company is reportedly working on the next-generation engines that are expected to use two new technologies developed by aerospace engineer Michael Taylor.
These are the first of what are being described as the new Advanced Super Heavy-Duty Heavy-Lifting (ASHHL) engines, which are said to be capable of lifting up to 1,100kg (2,100lb) and producing up to 4,000kg of thrust at a pressure of 500 atmospheres.
“They’re the best-performing engines we’ve ever seen,” said Dr Taylor, who has also worked at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Lockheed Martin.
“These engines are the best performing engine we’ve seen to date, and that’s not a surprise to anyone.”
If we are to do anything with this technology we need to be doing with a great deal of patience, but they are really good engines.
“I think we have a great chance of doing something really interesting with this.”
These new engines are not the first super-heavy-duty engines developed for the Tesla Model S, and are not likely to be the last.
But Taylor said the new engines could potentially offer a new level of performance, with an average thrust of up to 400,000lb-ft (270,000lbs) at full thrust.
The first generation engines, first introduced in 2013, had an average power of 200,000W (110,000kW), while the next generation engines were boosted to 300,000w (170,000KW) with an additional boost in thrust.
Dr Taylor said he was pleased to have been invited to give talks on these new engines and to see how they would perform at the test site in McGregor, Texas, where they will be used to test the engine’s performance at pressures of 1,500 atmospheres and 1,800 atmospheres respectively.
“To get to that point of making them that powerful, it’s not going to be possible without the right amount of tweaking and refinement,” he said.
“The big difference is that we’ve got the ability to make the power that is really, really, very difficult to do with the engines that we have today.”
In terms of getting to that power, the engines are very similar, but we’ve developed this technology that is going to enable us to make these engines much, much larger and more powerful.
“We have the ability now to make them bigger and lighter and to do that we need a lot of patience and we’ve had a lot more than that, but the fact that they’re working is a huge step in the right direction.”
It is a very exciting development, because we are going to get to the point where these are really powerful engines and we are really close to making them.
“The new engines were developed by engineers at the company in partnership with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, which is building the engine that will power the new Model S.
The new super-powerful engines are likely to allow the company to push beyond its goal of making the next model of Tesla vehicles super-fast.Dr Timo Löffler, senior engineer at the Tesla Research and Development Lab, said the company was planning to have more than 50 of these engines operational in the next few years.”
At this point in time, the super-Heavy-Duties are very much under development and the company has an incredible amount of work to do to get these super-light and super-strong engines into production,” he told the ABC.”
But we have to make sure that they work for us and that they get used on the Tesla fleet.
“For example, they’re used in the Supercharger station and in the new Superchargers, but these are not really the supercharger stations that are used by the superfast cars, these are the supercharging stations that will be driving them around.”
The super-strength engines are capable of using a much higher temperature of the propellant, with temperatures in excess of 1.2 millionC, making them more than 100 times hotter than the typical engine in the industry.
Dr Löfler said they would be used on all future Tesla vehicles to make it as safe as possible for the driver.
“This is going be a huge advance in the powertrain, it will be a massive advancement in safety, it would be very, very disruptive,” he added.
“There’s no reason for people to be driving their cars right now if they can’t get their powertrain to work as safely as it can.”
Tesla said it was aiming to have all the engines in production by 2020, but that it was not yet able to meet its targets for achieving its target of 30% of the vehicles being delivered by the end of 2021.