Yes, you could soon travel around Earth, in a rocket. Elon Musk proposed an adventurous new idea last week during a presentation in Australia. Here’s everything you need to know.
Elon Musk revealed plans to use a new interplanetary rocket system that his SpaceX is planning to begin building within the next six to nine months to colonize Mars. At the tail end of his presentation, Musk made a surprise announcement when he revealed that he plans to use that same rocket system for long-distance travel on Earth. The idea was showed off in a video (below), that demonstrated riders taking a boat out to a floating launching pad in a bay outside of New York City. The passengers then boarded the rocket, it lifted off within in about ten minutes, and 39 minutes and 7,000 miles later, the rocket touched down in Shanghai.
Los Angeles to Toronto in 24 Minutes
Hong Kong to Singapore in 22 Minutes
London to Dubai or NewYork in 29 Minutes
Musk said that the rocket would real a speed of 18,000 miles per hour, would cost around the price of an economy air fare ticket, and travelers could get to any corner of Earth in under an hour. These are some bold claims, but there are still a lot of unknowns. Musk did not specify how often these flights would occur, how flights would be regulated or secured, or when SpaceX would even begin testing flights with living passengers. The most obvious question would be what the take off, and landing would be like for the passengers on the flight. Sure, a rocket launch sounds like a good idea, but there are more than several risks involved, and both short and long term health effects would not be known.
Travel Anywhere On Earth In Under an Hour
Nonetheless, the future looks to be a wild ride. Obviously there are a lot of factors that need to be sorted out, built, tested, approved for travel, regulated, and well there will need to be human testers for this new mode of transportation. If this idea of rocket travel comes to life, it will be one giant step into the future.