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I don't think the SpaceX delay will affect TSLA. Space launches always have delays. NASA was always delaying launches. I'm sure the Russians delay launches. It's in the nature of the beast. Even if (heaven forbid!) the mission failed, I don't think TSLA would be affected. Apparently they had a one-second launch window. It would have been surprising if they had been able to make that.
I do expect TSLA to continue to be a wild roller-coaster ride. Some time after the S is in full production, I expect it to climb, but I expect that climb to be superimposed over the same wild fluctuations as we see now, with general market forces, or the selling of shares by some big fund, or some bit of news, or nothing at all causing it to go way up and down. But up overall with the success of the S and then the X and then Bluestar (which I suppose they'll end up releasing as the Model B -- for all their engineering genius, they lack imagination in the selection of model names).
One second launch window! Wow.
So was Guitar Center. Bain provided them with a leveraged buyout to go back to private from public, which was in some ways a scam by the majority stockholders who wanted to cash out after jacking up their stock's price through a form of manipulation. They ended up with a $650M loan. The company still owes the full principal, many years later, and from what I've heard, they've also accumulated another $1.3B in debt.
If anything, the data acquisition and the timely error trap of the excess pressure in Merlin engine 5 and quick discovery of the root cause (faulty check valve) makes me more confident about Tesla. Certainly SpaceX technology is finding its way into Tesla, through conduit known as Elon Musk.
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