From one rocket ship to another, “Verify go for launch!” Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Oct. 26, 2022 Artemis 1 Cape Canaveral, FL -- Approximately 1.8-million years ago, the first human with thought gazed at the night sky and imagined what was up there. Since then, the desire to understand the space above has enticed explorers, scientists, and engineers the world over to push the envelope of understanding “what is really up there.” In 1957, the first artificial satellite circled the earth which sparked a frenzy of engineering activity leading to a famous speech on May 25th, 1961, by the 35th President of the United States: Before the decade had come to a close, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Verify go for launch. 10, 9, Ignition sequence start, 6, 5, 4, 3, Go for main engine start. We have main engine start. 2, 1. All Engines running, booster ignition, 0, we have liftoff... Artemis 1 Ready on Pad 39B at Dawn Artemis 1 is NASA’s name for a test of its latest deep space exploration system. It includes the Orion space capsule, the Space Launch System (SLS) – aka. rocket, and the ground control systems at the Kennedy Space Center. The SLS can produce 8.8 million pounds of thrust, the most powerful rocket ever built. It is even more powerful than the 7.5 million pounds of thrust Saturn V which took men to the moon for the first and last time almost 50 years ago. The first liftoff will take the Orion capsule to the Moon and use its gravitational force to propel Orion 40,000 miles beyond, the farthest away any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. The mission will end with the unmanned Orion capsule returning safely to Earth just off the coast of San Diego, CA with an initial deorbit speed of ~ 25,000 mph, the fastest deorbit speed of any soon to be manned capsule in history. At peak, the heat shield will be subjected to temperatures of approximately 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit. With future manned Artemis missions going back to the Moon, Mars is now in NASA’s cross hairs. Porsche – Like Artemis 1, Porsche was built upon innovative engineering and force of spirit. Prior to incorporation, Ferdinand Porsche, the company founder, was involved in advanced automotive engineering from the very start. In 1898, he designed a vehicle powered by an electric motor. A year later, he engineered the first electric wheel hub motor. The Taycan and Crew Anticipation building. To that end, the state of the art, all-electric Taycan embodies the innovative engineering that took men to the moon and allows us to drive one of the most desired sports cars on the planet. In this instance, Porsche asked if I was willing to drive a Taycan down to Cape Canaveral for a video crew to film their state of the art all-electric with the state-of-the-art Artemis launching as a backdrop. Who could say no to that? The Drive When tasked to drive the Taycan down to the Cape for the initial launch window early on the morning of 29 August, I endeavored to go “further.” Few will go to the lengths to achieve a vehicles potential and to that end, straight line route planning along US highways and State routes was in the cards... After picking up a RWD Taycan w/ 20” aero alloys and Performance tires from Porsche’s North America HQ in Atlanta, I drove to the Electrify America (EA) DCFCer in Forsyth, GA. From there, the EA in Cocoa, FL just over 400 miles away was a stretch goal. To make a long story short, the Taycan made it there on a single charge and it made it back on a single charge. And that is all I have to say about that. Launch Day The experience of a NASA launch along the Eastern coast of Florida is something you must see to believe. Cruising up and down Highway 1, there were hundreds of thousands of people with lawn chairs parked wherever they could find a spot and camped to get a look at Artemis 1 as it would go up. Porsche prearranged a location for the Taycan and the video production team to setup and record the event. As the launch window opened, it was only a matter of time with everyone literally on the edge of their seats. There were enough radios surrounding us that you could hear the launch delay details in real time. And then it happened. There was an audible “Oh No” from the crowd and a mass exodus began back to vehicles with highway 1 jammed just moments later. The first attempt of the Artemis 1 mission was scrubbed due to a hydrogen leak… Two hours later with traffic cleared, it was time to head home. Artemis 1 in the distance awaiting its trip back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) with the Taycan ready for its own long drive back to Atlanta. A second launch attempt in early September was scrubbed due to a suspected faulty temperature sensor inside one of the rocket's core stage engines. A third window was closed thanks to Hurricane Ian. The fourth window begins at 12:07 AM EST on Nov. 14 so stay tuned. A mandatory 30-minute stop at the Kennedy Space Visitor Center was in order. 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS For the 2022 MY, a new Taycan GTS trim was introduced. The standard AWD sedans single-speed front motor and rear motor with two-speed rear transmission provides a combined 590 hp propelling the sports car to 60 in just 3.5 seconds. The GTS incorporates the larger 93.4 kWh Battery with the same 800-volt architecture allowing charging rates up to 270 kW and the ability to charge from 5 to 80% in just 19-minutes! Personal experience here. Inside the GTS, the multi-screen dash carrys over but the driver and passenger seats are 18-way powered w/ memory functions and “GTS” logos on the front and rear headrests. The door sill guards, and interior trim is brushed black aluminum and the accent package is black. Roof lining and steering-wheel are also covered in Race-Tex. The latest infotainment now includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Auto climate, and the Porsche Charging Planner. All of this plus a glass panoramic roof and more is standard. A Variable Light Control roof is optional. 2022 Porsche Taycan Notice Google Maps on the central display wirelessly! Outside, the GTS includes the Sport Design front fascia and side skirts w/ GTS logos. The standard 20" Aero alloys feature an exclusive satin-black finish, and the rear light strip features the Porsche logo in black. Finally, the LED-Matrix-Design headlights are tinted in black, and the exterior mirror cap-bottoms are painted in body color. Underpinning the GTS are larger 390 mm front rotors (vs 360 mm on the Taycan 4S). Adaptive Air Suspension with Smart Lift and Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and Sport Chrono Package including the GT Multifunction Steering Wheel and Mode Dial are also standard. Optionally available performance equipment includes Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Rear-Axle Steering, and 21" alloys in satin black. Why bring up this new performance oriented AWD trim when highlighting the Taycan at a NASA Rocket launch? This new trim not only provides better performance than the 4S, but it also provides more range than the std. 225-mile rated range RWD Taycan with an EPA rated 246 miles! Pricing for the GTS sedan starts at $134,100 w/ D&H adding $1,450 USD.