Does a 16-hour flight sound like an excruciating experience for you? Elon Musk has found a solution in the craziest idea possible, claiming at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) that the SpaceX Mars rocket can also be used to carry around passengers around the world. Best of all, the entire distance traveled will come to an hour.
Concept Video Shows How Passengers Will Be Boarding a Ferry That Takes Them to the Floating Platform in New York for Hyper-Speed Travel
The rockets are referred to as BFRs, with the first stage of traveling through these rockets involving them flying down for landing and reuse, similar to what the Falcon 9 booster does now.
According to the video, it would take around 30 minutes for passengers to travel from New York to Shanghai, a trip which currently takes around 15 hours to complete, assuming that there are no layovers taking place. So how are these rockets able to reach from one point to the other in quick succession?
A speed of 18,000 miles per hour (or 27,000 kilometers an hour) that’s how; Musk says that you would be able to travel anywhere irrespective of how far the location is in an hour. Unfortunately, it is also the cost per trip that you will have to take into consideration because you’re probably wondering that these trips could cost a a few thousand dollars right?
Musk does not believe so and states that SpaceX is quite confident in its cost-saving measures. The billionaire entrepreneur clarified these costs that a ticket on the BFR would cost the same as an economy airline seat.
Though the concept videos are very impressive, it should be noted that the BFR currently does not exist and extensive testing would have to be carried out before trips around the world are deemed safe for passengers. However, if Elon Musk convinces the right people, then we could potentially be saying goodbye to commercial flights in the near future.
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