Musk vi­sion: Delhi to Tokyo in 30 min­utes!

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - NEWS - Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Fu­tur­ist and in­ven­tor Elon Musk on Fri­day un­veiled am­bi­tious plans to send cargo ships to Mars in five years and use rock­ets to carry peo­ple be­tween Earth’s ma­jor cities in un­der half an hour.

The ves­sel would both take off and land ver­ti­cally, like a space rocket. A trip from Tokyo to Delhi would take 30 min­utes, and from Bangkok to Dubai 27 min­utes, ac­cord­ing to Musk’s cal­cu­la­tions.

“Once you are out of the at­mos­phere, it would be as smooth as silk, no tur­bu­lence, noth­ing,” he said. “There’s no weather... and you can get to most long-dis­tance places in less than half-an­hour. If we are build­ing this thing to go to the Moon and Mars, then why not go to other places on Earth as well.”

Musk showed off plans for a planned in­ter­plan­e­tary trans­port sys­tem, co­de­named BFR (Big F**king Rocket), which would also be able to bring satel­lites into or­bit and crews to Mars. At least two cargo ships would land on the Red Planet in 2022, with the key mis­sion of find­ing the best source of wa­ter — cur­rently mooted as a way to power rock­ets, he

said.

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