Elon Musk's SpaceX rockets could blast us off to... Earth?


Shortly after revealing his latest plans to fly his SpaceX's upcoming rocket - codenamed Big Fucking Rocket (or BFR) - to Mars and the Moon, he suggested using the same system to create travel between different global cities.

Once the ship is built, Musk believes it can one day be used to transport people quickly around Earth.

"It's 2017, we should have a lunar base by now", Musk said to applause.

"The results are quite interesting", he said as a video showed a simulation of people boarding a rocket in NY that blasted off into space and then came back down to land in Shanghai.

Musk didn't expand on many details regarding logistics or passenger experience, but released an accompanying video visualising a journey from NY to Shanghai. The man has broken deadlines before, but his company is making the most exciting progress into space in decades, so we'll bet on BFR to get it done.

Total flight time by spaceship: 39 minutes at a speed of about 18,000 miles per hour (27,000 km/h). This would put any destination on Earth within an hour of flight. He explained that passengers on the craft could make "most long-distance trips" in just 30 minutes and go "anywhere on Earth in under an hour" for roughly the same price as an economy airline ticket.

UEFA Europa League wrap 28 September 2017
The Frenchman has still shown his importance with crucial goals and a good performance against BATE could earn him a bigger role. Dragun was booked for something we aren't quite sure of, and Giroud stroked home the penalty for his 100th Arsenal goal.

Considering Musk wants to colonize Mars and the moon privately, does that mean Spacex - and not Weyland-Yutani - is "the company?" A rocket will be used to shoot passengers into space and then the spacecraft will land on a drone-ship present in the sea.

Any fliers who get nervous whilst flying would also get a much calmer journey as it would be "smooth as silk [and] no turbulence" after it left the atmosphere.

He said the 48m BFR would carry about 100 people in 40 cabins.

"If we're building this thing to go to the moon and Mars, why not go other places as well?" he said. The goal is to have two cargo ships travel to Mars by 2022, with two cargo ships and two crewed ships following in 2024.

The company says it hopes to build and send the structure to the Mars in about 10 years.

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