Anywhere On Earth Under An Hour


In Brief

In to the future, we will be looking at traveling from-to anywhere in the world within minutes, New York-Shanghai around 39 minutes and Dubai-London in only 29 minutes. Welcome to Elon Musk’s futuristic proposal: use The SpaceX’s BFR to anywhere on the planet in under an hour. A rocket built for solar system expeditions could revolutionize the way we travel here on Earth.

Advance innovation in transportation through technology, such as self-driving cars and truck, has raised hopes for optimized logistics operational standards as well as the poor safety and security reputation that seems to come with the territory as a result of massive operations that take place around the globe. And so is man’s quest to explore and discover a new habitable planet. It’s is no longer merely science fiction to be seen only in movies. Which brings us to Elon Musk’s most perplexing proposal to-date, not at all suggesting his preceding pitches were normal by any standard. The multi-millionaire American-Canadian pioneer slash founder of a host of jaw dropping projects after his success with PayPal, from Tesla Motors to the Hyperloop, the supersonic electric aircraft concept with vertical-takeoff-and-landing capability, and recently, he’s set a new focus for SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), the topic of our discussion today. 106 meters in length and 9 meters in diameter, Elon Musk is taking man with means to Mars by 2022, and also to any city around the world in less than an hour.

BFR is SpaceX’s next-gen Falcon family rockets. A test launch is scheduled later this year with a go-live timetable by 2022. BFR has to make a trip to the moon prior to setting sails to Mars. According to, the BFR will be able to refuel in space and establish a base on the moon with no fuel production requirement there. The base will be named Moon Base Alpha after Space: 1999, a classic British science-fiction TV series. Thus, sending off to-Mars missions from 2022, on ward. The BFR concept, for that matter, is a smaller, more efficient, rocket than its predecessor, using significantly less energy and thus feasible engineering and funding requirements. In terms of cargo capacity, the BFR can handle up to 150 tons of freight (compared to just 30 tons of Falcon Heavy) and fully reusable. With more engines, the BFR is as stable as an airplane, capable of landing even with dysfunctional engines. Most importantly, the BFR does not need supporting legs to stand or land like conventional rockets, a contributing feature allowing the rocket to be fully reusable, over and over, with more than one trip to Mars in the same day.

The BFR can travel at speeds up to 18,000 km per hour. If Elon Musk’s proposal comes to life, BFR will officially become the vehicle behind the most important global-transport revolution we have ever seen. At the 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Australia, Musk announced that traveling from New York City to Shanghai will take around 39minutes while Dubai-London will be only 29minutes. Touching on the fee to board the rocket, considering a practical cost analysis and limited life expectancy compared to that of commercial planes, the price will probably be on the upside of 10 times the economy seat on a typical international commercial flight, according to Charles Miller, NexGen Space LLC president.

According to Elon Musk’s Timeline, SpaceX will need to be commissioned for cargo to Mars in the next five years, with passenger trips to follow shortly in 2024. The mission in 2022 will be to explore water, mineral resources and test life supporting ecosystems. Fuel production on Mars will be fossil fuel based. Later on in 2024, mines will be built, ironically, to produce and pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and warm Mars up to more habitable conditions for humans as well as provide power sources for BFRs (carbon reacts to water, which consists of oxygen and hydrogen, to produce oxygen and methane to power BFR). Thus, eyes wide open for a next-gen fossil fuel industry enthusiasts. For now, will $10,000 30-minute across-the-world rides be appealing enough for enough customers, remains to be seen.

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