Today at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia, Elon Musk unveiled his plans for the “Big F*cking Rocket” (BFR) which will be the means of turning humanity into a spacefaring civilization. He aims to cannibalize his fleet of Space X rockets and reentry capsules to create a fleet of BFR rockets capable of cutting the travel time between major cities on earth to less than an hour, and making possible the establishment of human colonies on the Moon and Mars.
His BFR rocket will use huge tanks of super-cooled liquid oxygen as the propulsive force. He plans to first build BFR rockets to cut travel time between major cities on Earth to under an hour. The flight time between New York and Shanghai, 7000 miles (11,265km) apart, would be 39 minutes.
Using revenue from his profitable satellite business, and future revenue from rocket travel between major cities, Musk aims to fund his more ambitious plans for colonies on the Moon and Mars. He set 2022 as the target date for his first BFR rockets to Mars.
What makes Musk’s vision of humanity becoming a spacefaring civilization remarkable is that it uses conventional rocket technologies to achieve his goals in less than a decade. Given his proven track record in building a profitable commercial space company from scratch, there’s little doubt that he can succeed in his goal.
Importantly, he stresses that his plans for BFR will make it possible for everyone to fly into space in short trips between major cities for the equivalent “a full fare economy in an aircraft”. This will revolutionize the aviation industry, and will certainly get the attention of Boeing, Airbus and other major aviation companies…Read More at