The eccentric billionaire and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, wanted to do things differently - so the payload was comprised of a Tesla Roadster, with a mannequin dressed in an astronaut suit sitting in the driver's seat.
At the beginning of this year, however, the entrepreneur expressed the company's interest in the Indian market one more time. However, the futuristic design is what Musk is now most "fired up" about.
Last week Tesla reported its first quarterly profit in two years, with wider margins and positive cash flow.
Similarly, in May, Musk had made apparent the challenges Tesla was facing when it came to executing the company's plans for India. He stated that the brand was completely missing vast geographic areas in some cases and needed to look beyond just the major metro cities in North America, Eastern Europe, China and Japan.
Season over for Rafael Nadal
Without Nadal , the Serb will be the clear favourite at the ATP Finals , for which the draw will be made later on Monday. It was the 22-year-old's first Masters Series title and the win will see him rise to number 11 in the rankings.
US securities investigators have subpoenaed information from Tesla about production forecasts for the Model 3 electric vehicle that were made past year, the company acknowledged in a regulatory filing Friday.
The news follows the SEC's settlement with Tesla and Musk in September for Musk's statements on Twitter about plans to take the company private.
"When we started the Model 3 production ramp, we were transparent about how hard it would be", the company said in a statement.
In 2015, Musk hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. When it first began manufacturing the Model 3 in the summer of 2017, Musk tweeted that it could be making 20,000 cars a month in December. The company could manufacture it limited quantities.