SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced a new plan for his company: to create flights which will you take you anywhere in the world within one hour.
Musk made the announcement at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, on September 28.
But how exactly does he plan to do this?
Well, it all has to with a rocket dubbed BFR…
How Elon Musk and SpaceX Plan to Revolutionize Travel
BFR is the working name for a new rocket that is being created by SpaceX. It’s the same rocket that will be transporting astronauts to Mars in 2020 if SpaceX’s vision goes according to plan.
But it will also have applications on our planet – specifically what Elon Musk has called the “Earth to Earth” transportation plan for the spacecraft.
The rocket is so fast that Musk says it can travel to most places on Earth in 30 minutes, and can travel anywhere on our planet in under 60 minutes.
Considering that the current longest non-stop flight in the world is 18 hours and 20 minutes (Qatar Airways’ Flight 921 from Auckland, New Zealand to Doha, Qatar), SpaceX’s plans will completely shake up air travel in ways many of us would have never expected in our lifetime.
However, there is one factor that is truly going to make this a massive development for international travel: the price.
The Most Notable Factor
Many of the developments in the commercial space travel industry, while astounding, will not be open to the average person anytime soon.
For example, space tourism into our stratosphere will likely be affordable for only the elite few for many years.
But the BFR’s Earth flights, it’s a whole different story.
“Cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft,” Elon Musk said in his post about the program on Instagram.
That’s right – to fly across the earth in less than an hour is only going to cost you what you’re currently paying for regular economy class international flights.
For a seat on a vessel that travels a maximum of 27000km per hour, that’s a pretty good deal…