Tesla Gigafactory Fly Over September – Video

SEP 9 2015 BY MARK KANE 32

Tesla Gigafactory - Drone fly over - September 2015

Tesla Gigafactory – Drone fly over – September 2015

Wondering about recent progress at the Tesla Gigafactory?

Here we have the latest fly over video recorded in September.

Construction progresses and part of the wall in Tesla’s red-white colors is already up.

In about six-months, Tesla hopes to begin some battery production at the site (probably battery pack assembly for Tesla’s Energy branch).

Via Youtuber Black66:

“Flying the Quadcopter around the Tesla Gigafactory. Flew about 1200 meters out over the Gigafactory. A Coyote walked right up to me at the end.”

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no comment

i wonder if the guy lured the coyote, the thing seemed awfully wary to have approached that close without some enticement. after all, the guy is a drone operator, which automatically causes me to categorize the guy as being “stupid”; since i find drones to be stupid, obnoxious and, on too many occasions, creating unnecessary dangers to others.

Brian

I don’t know if that’s fair to said in such a broad statement. They have a use and showing a huge building like this is definitely one of them.
Now the idiots who fly them over a tennis tournament is a whole different story.

no comment

…along with the idiots who fly drones over wildfire zones that interfere with firefighting aircraft, or the idiots who fly drones over peoples’ back yards, the list of idiocy when it comes to drones goes on and on…

kubel

Troll elsewhere.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“…which automatically causes me to categorize the guy as being ‘stupid’; since i find drones to be stupid, obnoxious…”

On the other hand, describing the posts made by “no comment” on InsideEVs as stupid and obnoxious isn’t a case of either stereotyping or prejudice, but rather the result of experience and perception.

Hoppy

Maybe the guy should use a kite to fly over

Koenigsegg

Lol at the end

Driverguy01

Google map has been refreshed with new pics and as it sits, the gigafactory is about the smallest building in the suroundings.
Right now the building has a footing of about 800,000 sq.ft.

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Tesla+Gigafactory/@39.5369675,-119.4399899,1731m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x80991f944b13f071:0x2e843120dd66a090!6m1!1e1?hl=fr

Speculawyer

Sure, but that is only a small fraction of the eventual size of the Gigafactory. The current structure is only about 1/6th of the eventual structure size.

I sure hope they know what they are doing. This is a massive undertaking.

no comment

i like the idea that elon musk is willing to think big and bet bold; from that perspective, i hope that it works out; but i too wonder about this undertaking.

sven

It doesn’t seem like they can expand the building much further in the back as there is hilly terrain pretty close behind the structure, and they have already put walls on the front of the structure. Does anyone know in which direction the unbuilt 5/6ths of the Gigafactory will be tacked on?

Scott Franco

The other five 6ths is in space. The two will be connected by space elevator.

no comment

the wide-angle lens used in the camera distorts the perspective but if they are applying the facade, that would suggest that the building envelope structure is built out. from what i can see in this video in comparison to other videos, that does appear to be the case. my guess is that this is going to end up being a complex of buildings as seen in some earlier renderings.

Pushmi-Pullyu

No.

Pushmi-Pullyu

sven said:

“…they have already put walls on the front of the structure. Does anyone know in which direction the unbuilt 5/6ths of the Gigafactory will be tacked on?”

I don’t think where they are currently building walls is any indication of which direction they won’t expand at a later date. Given the plan is to get this first section of the Gigafactory up and running, producing batteries by early next year, they have to wrap walls around all four sides. Obviously at least two of those sides will be built onto.

Those walls may not be concrete. They may be thin sheet metal walls, intended to be removed later.

jeffhre

“Those walls may not be concrete. They may be thin sheet metal walls, intended to be removed later.”

Wow, and I thought they would build the pilot phase with highly calibrated equipment, in a clean room type cell production environment, with no walls and just exposed to the desert. Buy was I wrong!

Bonaire

They need two things to reach the original size “plan”. First, they need to get some more cash to finish the building. that cash has to come from heavy Model 3 sales with profit – or come from more stock selling. Next, they need Model 3 to reach 200,000+ per year to put pressure on the need for what the full size GF cell production could fulfill. Then they need low fall-off of Model S and Model X sales once Model 3 comes out. Then they need reality behind the energy storage business to know just how many units will be sold per annum. Then they need to fulfill the assembly of partners in-house who are willing to work at the prices necessary to deliver cheaper cells with higher density.

Seems easy…

Pushmi-Pullyu

Bonaire said:

“…they need to get some more cash to finish the building. that cash has to come from heavy Model 3 sales with profit – or come from more stock selling. Next, they need Model 3 to reach 200,000+ per year to put pressure on the need for what the full size GF cell production could fulfill.”

Hmmm, you’ve got the cart before the horse there. The Gigafactory needs to get to full output to enable Tesla to make 200,000 BEVs a year.

This will be funded largely by Tesla borrowing money; the very high price of its stock makes borrowing easy and cheap. This will almost certainly be supplemented with more new stock offerings, but probably rather small ones, like the recent 2% stock dilution.

Other sources of income for building the Gigafactory (aside from selling Tesla cars) are Panasonic’s contribution to the project, and income from sales of PowerPack units (not so much from PowerWall units).

Jerome

With PV having become so cheap as to be competitive with fossil fuels for grid power generation in no-subsidy Texas, it is now time to recognize that distributed generation and distributed storage will expand as fast as the market can supply the product. Onward, Mr. Musk, Onward!

viatierra

Liar, liar pants on fire.

I’ve looked at your link and virtually EVERY building is smaller. There are a handful of similar sized buildings and nothing significantly larger.

You smell.

kdawg

Is that address correct? LOL

“Electric Avenue
Sparks, NV 89434”

Martin B.

Nice to see some progress!

This place will need some trees at the end!

PVH

With the music and the desert it has a little something of a Lawrence of Arabia film…:-)

Nelson

I hope the plan included some form of water containment and collection method. Looks like a very dry location.

NPNS! SBF!
Volt#671

Anon

Wilie Coyote just wanted the drone, so he could catch some Road Runners. 😉

no comment

when the coyote saw that the drone didn’t have an “acme” brand label, it lost interest and bolted. coyote dude, acme stuff sucks; haven’t you figured that out by now?

Scott Franco

I am waiting for the 2001 music 🙂

Mister G

GO TESLA GO

jelly

much worry, small giga, such scary.

Kosh

Looks like they will save a small fortune on landscaping…..

SolarStorm

BTW, I like to thank Black66 for taking and sharing the video. Nice to see the progress.

I didn’t appreciate the harsh comments at the top of this list!

no comment

as a general rule, i think that drone need to be regulated, including licensing requirements for drone operators, for some of the reasons suggested above.