SpaceX Plans To Make Global Commutes Take Less Than An Hour

Friday, 06 October 2017 - 10:13AM
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Friday, 06 October 2017 - 10:13AM
SpaceX Plans To Make Global Commutes Take Less Than An Hour
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Elon Musk's SpaceX has just reimagined global commuting with a proposed use of their Interplanetary Transport System's planned Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) that would make travel between any two cities on Earth possible in under an hour. According to The Verge, Musk plans to begin construction on the BFR, which he also plans to use to colonize Mars by 2024, in the next 6 to 9 months. Musk announced his plan at the end of his talk at the International Astronautical Conference (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia last Friday.

Musk's city-to-city plan includes floating landing and launch pads near major cities where commuters would board the BFR and embark upon commutes at top speeds of 18,000 MPH. "Most of what people consider long-distance trips could be completed in less than half an hour," Musk told the crowd at IAC. What's particularly Earth-shattering about Musk's announcement is that he plans to keep the cost of such travel within consumer budgets: the proposed trips wouldn't cost more an economy airline tickets, The Verge writes.

At this time, it's unknown whether or not SpaceX will be able to do anything about the infamously horrible traffic in greater Los Angeles or New York City's battered and beleaguered subway system. Optimists and technophiles might find some glimpse of hope that they won't be sitting in gridlock on the way to Burbank or sweating to death beneath Manhattan's sidewalks while their jet-setting colleagues are making it from New York to Tokyo in less time. 
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