Not to be outdone by Chinese engineers, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has come up with an even more insane method of ultra high-speed travel that could take you from New York to Shanghai faster than you can currently go from one Shanghai district to another during rush hour.
At a space industry conference last month, Musk ended his talk by introducing the idea of using rockets designed to travel to the Moon and Mars for long-distance travel here on Earth, which would allow people to go anywhere on the planet in less than an hour… oh, and for around the same price as an economy airline ticket.
In a SpaceX concept video, passengers are seen boarding a boat which takes them to a floating launchpad outside New York City where they climb into a spaceship, scheduled to take off at 7:00 am. The spaceship is carried into orbit by the company’s forthcoming Big Fucking Rocket (BFR) and from there it’s an easy descent into Shanghai, touching down on another floating launch pad at 7:39 am.
That’s more than 7,000 miles in less than 40 minutes. The video also includes other potential flight plans: Hong Kong to Singapore in 22 minutes, Los Angeles to Toronto in 24 minutes, Bangkok to Dubai in 27 minutes, and so on.
While both the rocket and the spaceship are currently theoretical, Musk said he hopes to get to work on the rocket in the next six to nine months.
And he’ll need to in order to stay ahead of Chinese engineers. In August, a Chinese company announced its intentions to develop a futuristic “flying train” capable of reaching 4,000 km/h that’s based on Musk’s “hyperloop” idea.
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