Anywhere on Earth in under an hour – SPACEX
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says he plans to replace his current rocket fleet and capsules with a next-generation spacecraft that could be used to travel to the Moon, Mars, or around the Earth — cutting most long-distance Earth flights to just half an hour.
Codenamed “BFR”, the in-development reusable spacecraft would be a Jack of all trades that would make SpaceX’s current fleet “redundant”, Mr Musk said.
“We want to have one system, one booster ship that replaces Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon,” he told approximately 3,000 people at the International Astronautical Conference in Adelaide.
The BFR would be able to transport satellites into orbit, as well as take crew and cargo to the International Space Station, the Moon and Mars.
Even beyond those uses, Mr Musk flagged it could also transport passengers for ‘Earth-to-Earth’ travel.
He said people could travel anywhere on Earth within an hour using the BFR, but the most common long-distance trips could be completed within half an hour.
In an Instagram post published after his speech, Mr Musk said: “cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft. Forgot to mention that.”
This week at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk will provide an update to his 2016 presentation regarding the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars.