Elon Musk Wants To Fly You Anywhere On Earth In Under An Hour

Right now, the quickest way to get from, say, New York to Siberia involves at least a few plane tickets and a lot of layovers. But if Elon Musk has his way, travelers won’t have to rely on airlines to get them to the other side of the world — they can just hop on a rocket ship and be there in the same time it takes to get a pizza delivered.

Speaking at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, Musk revealed his plan for a rocket ship dubbed “BFR” that he says could fly travelers anywhere in the world in under an hour. By all appearances, at 30 feet in diameter, this would be a big frickin’ rocket, indeed.

The way Musk sees it, if SpaceX — the aerospace company he founded — is going to colonize Mars, and make us a “multiplanet species,” they might as well improve life on this planet, too.

“If we are going to places like Mars, why not Earth?” Musk asked while onstage, saying that if BFR is a success, travelers could get from New York to Shanghai in 30 minutes.

The BFR would have a maximum speed of 27,000 km/h, and accommodate 40 cabins that could carry about 100 people at one time, Musk said. After his on-stage appearance, he added in an Instagram post that fares would cost about the same as an economy airfare.

“Fly to most places on Earth in under 30 mins and anywhere in under 60,” he wrote. “Cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft. Forgot to mention that.”

The BFR would also be able to make trips to the Moon and Mars, carry satellites into orbit, and ferry cargo and crew members to the International Space Station.

Although Musk originally to use a rocket called Red Dragon for unmanned missions to Mars, the new plan is land the first unmanned BFR on the planet in 2022 and then send crewed rocket ships out there in 2024.

Ride of the Week: Tesla Model X SUV

Elon Musk brings us another slice of the future with the unveiling of Tesla‘s long-awaited SUV, the Model X. Having been teased and delayed for years, the Model X does not disappoint with a range of next-gen features, most notably its heart-pounding acceleration (0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph), cargo capacity, and distinctive falcon wing doors, which can open with a mere 30cm of space on each side. The signature edition’s 90kWh battery allows for a range of 250 miles on a single charge and a tow capacity of 5,000 pounds. Inside, the cabin sports a 17-inch touchscreen control panel and a panoramic windscreen that extends to above the driver’s head, as well as the ability to be sealed with true HEPA filters that supposedly makes the interior as clean as a hospital. The Model X’s safety comes at no compromise, with automatic emergency braking, side-collision avoidance, forward-looking cameras, radar and 360-degree sonar. Stay tuned as more details surface on this newest, stunning offering from the Silicon Valley car firm, and watch the launch event below.

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