ELON MUSK: “Rock­ets will fly peo­ple from city to city in min­utes!”

First News - - Front Page - by edi­tor in chief Nicky Cox

SOON we will be able to fly to any­where on Earth in un­der an hour.

That’s the claim of rocket and car busi­ness­man, Elon Musk. He made the prom­ise at an in­ter­na­tional as­tro­nom­i­cal event in Aus­tralia.

Musk said he would use the same rocket tech­nol­ogy that he is us­ing in his plans to send peo­ple to Mars.

He showed the au­di­ence a video of pas­sen­gers board­ing a boat in New York City, head­ing out to a rocket on a launch­pad in the wa­ter, then shoot­ing off into the at­mos­phere be­fore mak­ing their way back down to earth – this time in Shang­hai. The en­tire trip would take 39 min­utes, with the rocket trav­el­ling at max­i­mum speeds of 27,000km/h, or about 18,000mph, says Musk. And the cost? Just the price of an econ­omy seat on a nor­mal plane.

“Most of what peo­ple con­sider to be long-dis­tance trips could be com­pleted in less than half an hour,” Musk said.

A jour­ney from Lon­don to Dubai would take 29 min­utes. And, when you get there, you could get around the city in a fly­ing taxi. This week, sci­en­tists in Dubai com­pleted a test flight of the world’s first pi­lot­less fly­ing taxi. At just over 2m tall, the air­craft (above) looks like a cross be­tween a he­li­copter and a drone. Dubai’s crown prince, Sheikh Ham­dan bin Mo­hammed Al Mak­toum, watched the empty flight as the air­craft hov­ered at around 200m and flew for five min­utes along the city’s coast. Dubai says the fly­ing taxis will be in ser­vice within five years.

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