Elon Musk promises 'anywhere in the world in one hour'

Expedition 52 Soyuz MS-04 Landing

Expedition 52 Soyuz MS-04 Landing

Speaking at the Astronaut Congress in Adelaide on Friday, tech billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced plans to land the first human on Mars in 2024.

Musk said the marginal cost per launch for the BFR would be cheaper than the cost for expendable orbital-class rockets, including SpaceX's now-retired Falcon 1, due to its full reusability.

We are well accustomed with the visionary ideas of Elon Musk. When revealing his "aspiration" for cargo missions to Mars in 2022, Musk said it wasn't a typo, adding that the BFR would also be able to go to the Moon. NY to Shanghai would take 39 minutes.

While the BFR's primary goal is to get to Mars and the Moon, Musk explored the possibility of being able to use the vehicle to get around the world really, really fast. Musk concludes his address once the video finishes, and asks 'if we are going to Mars, then why not Earth?'

"We can land the ship [BFR] on the moon and return without need for propellant production on the moon", Musk said. "So, we did that". In addition to that this mission would place power and mining infrastructure as well as life support for future missions. "And you can get to most long distance places in less than half an hour".

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

He said that the new BFR could carry a 40-carriage spaceship to Mars with two or three people occupying each carriage.

NASA and its international partners completed assembly of the International Space Station in the fall of 2011. NASA
NASA and its international partners completed assembly of the International Space Station in the fall of 2011. NASA

Musk said it'd be possible to have launch locations around the globe that weren't runways, but launch pads, for rockets.

"We looked at that and the results are quite interesting", Musk said, leaving us hanging.

"So once you are out of the atmosphere there's no atmosphere".

He was quoted saying, "All our resources will turn toward building BFR".

Musk reminded skeptical listeners that he's taken the company a long way since its founding in 2002.

We can expect to hear updates on the spaceship that Musk calls the Interplanetary Transport System, new missions and applications for SpaceX, and logistics details of funding the travel and surviving in a martian habitat. Compared to the Merlin engines SpaceX now uses for the Falcon 9 and Falcon heavy rockets, Raptor will generate over three times the thrust by using densified liquid methane instead of RP-1 kerosene, along with liquid oxygen, for fuel.

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