We have been witnessing extreme transformation in travelling mediums over past decades. From camels and horses to planes and helicopters, the distances have been cut short by ever evolving technology. Using aircrafts, we have been able to travel intercity within a few hours. Today we are able to cover a distance of 5500 km between London and New York in less than 6 hours. That’s really some mind blowing achievement, but is it going to be the best a man can achieve? Perhaps not, Elon Musk has some really different ideas here.
“People will soon be able to fly from city to city within minutes”, Elon Musk. So, the rocket and car entrepreneur has promised us another revolution in travelling technology at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia.
The London – Newyork journey will take around 29 minutes as mentioned in this promotional video.
Mr Musk came up with a unique ambition for building rockets that would fly people to Mars. The idea was just a prototype in 2016 but 12 month onwards, he came up with a lot of technical details.
During his presentation in 2017 IAC, he revealed his ambition of sending people to Mars in 2024. Elon Musk’s future ambitions revolve around using his next-generation vehicle BFR (Big Fucking Rocket) for traveling to Moon and Mars. If all goes perfectly, the BFR will later be used as a primary vehicle for launching satellites as well as travelling to different space stations.
SpaceX has already developed reliable rockets including Falcon 9 and Falcon heavy. However, Musk has made it clear that the future of SpaceX involves cutting the funds for Falcon series and investing heavily in development of its BFR. The route to progress is in refocussing all efforts on the development of BFR.
“So what we plan to do is to build ahead and have a stock of Falcon 9 and Dragon vehicles, so that customers can be comfortable if they want to use the old rocket, the old spacecraft – they can do that because we’ll have a bunch in stock.”
“But all of our resources will then turn to building BFR.”, Mr Musk said.
Along with his notable contributions to space technologies, he is founder of Tesla electric car company that specializes in renewable state-of-the-art technologies including high-capacity batteries.
He also shed some light on the reasons behind space technologies being expensive. He said, the technologies and rockets are expensive because they are mostly disposable. If we can get the rockets back to earth securely, and reuse them as is the case with airlines and helicopters, we can definitely make these more affordable for common person. Falcon series is partially reusable, and he aims to make BFR fully reusable.
We all know that Elon Musk is capable of achieving that as he holds the record for sixteen in a row successful landings of rockets back on earth. His numerous business customers will be listening closely to the company’s ambition of turning to the focus from Falcon to BFR.
Prof Alan Duffy is from the cente for astrophysics and supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He was a part of huge audience at IAC and is quite intrigued and fascinated by the concept given by Musk. He loves the big vision and efforts of Mr Musk towards space colonization.