The rocket that will ‘take you anywhere on Earth in an hour’
ENTREPRENEUR Elon Musk claims to be close to creating a rocket which will be able to take humans anywhere on Earth within an hour.
The billionaire SpaceX boss unveiled details of the new craft as he also updated his plans for colonising Mars and creating a lunar base.
“I feel fairly confident we can build the ship and be ready for launch in five years,” he told the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, yesterday.
He said he also wants the craft to be carrying crews to Mars by 2024, two years after two cargo ships have placed power, mining and life-support systems on the planet. SpaceX currently has a fleet of three spacecraft. However the magnate said he wants them now to become obsolete.
Instead, he said his company is putting all of its resources into building the Interplanetary Transport System – codenamed the BFR, or “Big ******* Rocket”.
Yesterday the 46-year-old – who is also behind online payment system PayPal and electric car specialist Tesla – released a “concept video” of the spacecraft’s potential journey between New York and Shanghai. “BFR will take you anywhere on Earth in less than 60 mins,” he wrote on Twitter.
The video also claimed that “most long-distance trips” would take less than 30 minutes.
SpaceX said it plans to start building the first spaceship by the middle of 2018.
The ITS would be capable of carrying around 100 people spread out over 40 cabins, including common areas and an entertainment system.
Mr Musk also shared concept images of the spacecraft on Mars, next to a human settlement.
He said he wanted to make Mars “a nice place to be” with a sustainable human population of around one million. “I can’t think of anything more exciting than being out there among the stars,” he declared.
Mr Musk said his company could find the massive sums to finance its ambitions from current work launching satellites and servicing the International Space Station.
It adds to the list of Mr Musk’s other ambitious ventures.
These include Hyperloop, a system intended to carry humans through tubes in pressurised cabins at speeds of 600mph, and Neuralink, a startup company exploring how to connect the human brain to computers.
An artist’s impression of a SpaceX rocket landing on Mars and, above, the rocket next to a human colony on the planet, and, left, carrying out a mission in space Elon Musk outlines his ambition yesterday