Elon Musk wants us to use the SpaceX rockets to cover displacements between very distant cities, such as London and Dubai or Hong Kong and Singapore.
For years, Elon Musk and his SpaceX team pursued a single goal: to make reusable space rockets capable of taking off and landing on the Earth’s surface. That goal had an explanation: if space rockets are reused, the costs of missions are reduced and, consequently, the number of space missions carried out each year can be increased.
But now, the CEO of SpaceX wants to use all that technology for more than just bringing humans into outer space. Musk’s new goal is to transport people and goods to any point on the planet using only their rockets. And all in less than an hour.
SpaceX wants to use all that technology for more than just bringing humans into outer space.
According to Musk, this system would allow to cover routes like New York – Shanghai in only 39 minutes, whereas in airplane it takes almost 15 hours of travel for that displacement.
In the video made by the SpaceX team you can see how a group of people moves to a maritime takeoff platform, access the interior of the BFR (the new rocket SpaceX already develops to replace the rest of its fleet), climb up orbit and land 39 minutes later in Shanghai.
The rockets used in this concept are the BFR (Big Fucking Rocket, which means “Fucking Big Rocket”). These are the same rockets that Musk and his SpaceX team develop to cover future trips between planet Earth and Mars (something they hope to achieve in 2024). They will reach up to 27,000 km / h of speed.
The biggest problem that Musk and his team will have to solve is reliability and safety. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 have successfully landed and taken off on numerous occasions, but have also suffered explosions and landing problems. Fortunately, the US company still has six years left to perfect their systems and convince society that their travel is a real alternative to traditional means of transportation.