Today Elon Musk and Space X made history by successfully launching a Tesla Roadster into space aboard the biggest rocket to leave earth’s atmosphere since the Saturn V rocket that was used to carry astronauts to the moon.
A pretty impressive feat in itself but Musk insists that the technology his company is working on will benefit us in other ways as well here on earth.
He plans to use the next generation of rocket Space X are working on known as the BFR (the Big F****ing Rocket, that’s not a joke, in all seriousness that is actually what he called it) for not only space exploration, but also intercontinental travel here on earth. The rocket will be capable of carrying passengers from London to New York in 29 minutes, London to Sydney in 51 minutes or New York to Tokyo in 37 minutes. It will also be the biggest rocket ever made, but it’s primary use will be to carry payloads, and eventually humans, to Mars in order to colonise the red planet.
The BFR will leave earth’s atmosphere, hurtle through space at a top speed of 27,000 km per hour and land at its destination marking a new era of “air” travel that will make the world seem like an even smaller place. Travel will never have been so easy. That is to say, if you can stomach the idea.
Eventually the plan is to make it as normal as getting on a plane is nowadays and connect the world in ways it has never been connected before. For perpetual nomads, traveling professionals or gap year backpackers, intercontinental travel through space might just be the future.
Would you get on the BFR for your next trip if you could?
Photo courtesy of Space X