SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has revealed plans to use rockets as a form of transport on earth, and he claims they will allow people to travel from “any city to any other city in under one hour”.
Musk revealed his vision for the new transport system at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, yesterday. He said the price for a ticket would rival that of an economy airline flight.
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 international cities.
The rocket would lift off from one city, and once outside the earth’s atmosphere it would split in half. The bottom half would become a spaceship headed to another planet, while the top half would come back down to earth, landing on a floating launchpad in the desired destination.
“If you build a ship that’s capable of going to Mars, what if you take the same ship and go from one place to another on Earth?” he asked an audience at the space travel conference.
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