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Traveling from New York City to Shanghai in just under 40 minutes for the price of an plane ticket could be next, if Elon Musk has his way.
Musk, the SpaceX founder, revealed plans for his newest streamlined travel concept Thursday. It involves using a rocket system to send humans long distances and has the capability of traveling anywhere on Earth in under one hour. Some may figure traveling that way would cost a fortune. But Musk vows that it would be the price of an economy airline ticket.
Musk showed a demonstration of his newest idea to those in attendance at a space industry conference. According to The Verge, Musk is proposing using SpaceX’s mega-rocket that’s in the works — codenamed Big F****ing Rocket or BFR — to life a spaceship into orbit. The aircraft would re-enter the atmosphere and land on landing pads in bodies of waters close to major cities.
Musk didn’t say there were concrete plans for the project, as of yet, but The Verge said he hopes to start the rocket’s construction “in the next six to nine months.”
SpaceX released a jaw-dropping video demonstration of Earth-to-Earth travel late Thursday night. In the illustration, passengers in NYC board a boat and head toward a launch pad where the same rocket Musk wants to use to send humans to Mars by 2024 awaits.
Once on board the rocket, it blasts off and heads into orbit and travels at a maximum speed of nearly 17,000 mph before launching back toward Earth and safely landing on a launch pad in Shanghai just 39 minutes later.
The video concludes by saying the rocket travel is capable of sending passengers from Los Angeles to Toronto in 24 minutes and from London to NYC in just 29 minutes.
“Most long distance trips less than 30 minutes,” the video says. “Anywhere on Earth in under an hour.”
Watch the demonstration of the new type of travel in the video below: