Traveling to places by trains and airplanes is passé. If the efforts of Elon Musk and his SpaceX team are anything to go by soon you can travel to any part of the world in a rocket and that too in a matter of minutes.
From the age of bullock-carts and horse carriages, humans have progressively found new ways to travel fast to far off places. Today, humans are in the age of jets and bullet trains. However, we are now looking at the possibility of travelling between two cities in a rocket.
Tech Entrepreneur Elon Musk, who is also the brain behind the Hyperloop mode of transport, has proposed this initiative. His team at SpaceX has already started the process of developing a mega-rocket that could ferry passengers between any two cities across the earth in under an hour. Musk’s intrepid thinking as to why rockets should only be used to travel to the Moon or Mars, and not to other places on the earth led to this initiative.
The proposed ship would reach 18,000 mph speed at its peak. According to Musk’s calculation, a trip from New York to Shanghai would be completed in 39 minutes, Bangkok to Dubai would take 27 minutes, and Tokyo to Delhi just 30 minutes. Also, the cost per seat is said to be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft.
The reason why the time of travel would be so less is because once out of the atmosphere the ship wouldn’t face any friction or weather hindrances that are usually faced by airplanes. Smooth sailing indeed!
There are a lot of concerns with this proposed model. But, if successful, this rocket commute could be launched in five years.