Space X Unveils Method Of Travelling Between Any Two Cities In Less Than An Hour

Space X CEO Elon Musk has unveiled revolutionary plans for reducing travel times between destinations on Earth at a space industry conference.

Along with his plans to travel to Mars and the Moon, Musk also revealed that he intends to use the same rocket system to get passengers from place to place right here on Earth and says it can be used to get between any two destinations in less than an hour.

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In fact, most journeys would take less than 30 minutes.

Musk proposed using SpaceX’s forthcoming mega-rocket (codenamed “Big Fucking Rocket” or BFR for short) to propel a passenger spaceship into orbit around the Earth where it would encounter less resistance, increasing the potential speed and fuel efficiency.

The craft would then come back down and settle on a floating landing pad at its destination.

The craft and the rocket are both theoretical at the moment, but Musk said that he hopes to begin construction on the rocket in the next six to nine months.

Passengers can be seen boarding a futuristic boat, being ferried out into the open water and walking onto a craft on a floating platform in New York City before taking off.

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The passengers are then launched out of the Earth’s atmosphere and towards Shanghai.

The journey of over 7,000 miles takes no more than 39 minutes before the craft touches down on the water again.

The take-off and landing works in much the same way as Space X’s Falcon 5 rocket works now and would potentially make this the fastest method of transport ever created.

Other proposed routes include Hong Kong to Singapore in 22 minutes, London to Dubai or New York in 29 minutes, and Los Angeles to Toronto in 24 minutes.

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However, there is still a very long way to go before this could become a reality. While Musk used the fact that Space X had achieved 16 consecutive successful landings of the Falcon 5 rocket to enforce his new Earth-to Earth travel proposition, those were all unmanned. Landing a rocket with up to 200 lives on board safely presents a fresh set of problems.

Still, hopefully more will be revealed in Musk’s next speech and we can be another step closer to the world becoming even smaller than it already is.

Featured Image Credit: Space X

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