Fly from NY to London in 29 mins: Musk

SpaceX via AP- Associated Press

SpaceX via AP- Associated Press

Announced at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in the South Australian capital of Adelaide, Musk's plan includes a reusable spacecraft design called the "Big F-ing Rocket" (BFR), which was first unveiled during IAC 2016.

A key benefit of the design and technology is its ability to be reused.

US billionaire innovator Elon Musk has unveiled plans for a new rocket that would allow passengers to travel from one continent to another in about 30 minutes. The BFR will power a ship that will eventually be able to accommodate as many as 100 passengers spread throughout 40 cabins, while also offering common areas and entertainment accommodations to help make the multi-month trip to Mars more tolerable.

If you thought reaching Mars in the next five years with a rocket Musk hasn't built yet was lofty enough, as far as corporate expectations go, you'd be in for a surprise.

All of this is very exciting, but there is reason to be skeptical that Musk's timeline, especially as it pertains to Mars, is even possible.

Los Angeles to NY, or Los Angeles to Honolulu in 25 minutes.

Two more cargo missions would follow in 2024 to provide more construction materials, along with two crewed flights. And while more details are needed for life-support systems, "Kudos to Elon and SpaceX for keeping the focus on humans to Mars!" The space agency has handed much of its Earth-orbiting work to private industry, including SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Boeing.

The goal in this simulation is of course Mars planet, as Elon Musk aspires to. This first mission would orbit the red planet, rather than land.

Like Musk's BFR, CRRC's Super HSR is also mired in uncertainty. Its lift capability would be 150 tons, more than NASA's old moon rocket, the Saturn V.

It starts with building up a revenue stream using SpaceX's current fleet of reusable Falcon 9 rockets and Dragon spacecraft. He said the mega-rocket could be used to establish a lunar settlement, with spaceships being refueled in Earth orbit versus creating a vital fuel depot at Mars.

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