One Hour Or Less: Elon Musk's Ambitious Worldwide City-To-City Rocket Travel Proposal

September 29, 2017

This is a video imagining the worldwide rocket transportation system proposed by Elon Musk that could travel from any city to any other city in the world in less than an hour, with most major long-distance travel in the 30-40 minute range. It just, you know, requires to you sit on top of one of Space X's upcoming BFRs (Big F***ing Rockets) and briefly blast off into space at 27,000km/h (~16,800MPH). No big deal. Still, whatever you do, don't watch that Space X rocket explosion blooper reel prior to takeoff. No word what the potential cost of a ticket would be, but they better include a complementary beverage and a whale sedative. There's a reason why space programs have always been so selective, you know.

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Thanks to everyone who sent this. I'd name you all individually, but this was low-hanging fruit and I need you to work harder for me. For us.

  • Dani

    What about space radiation from cosmic rays? What is the exposure of a 30 min rocket flight compared to a 12 hour plane flight?

  • WronglyRabbit

    You guys remember when he predicted Tesla was going to be a profitable company? Yea...

  • Billy Rocka

    I can't afford the back of the plane let alone a seat upon a rocket with such promise...

  • GeneralDisorder

    I like how the SpaceX rockets ignore the fundamentals of rocketry. Namely that rockets get more efficient the faster they go (because they become lighter and thrust remains constant as fuel depletes).

    So they're wanting to basically waste the most efficient stages of the rocket burn by saving fuel for landing. Not to mention they're probably going to want to use liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen but they've already had plenty of prelaunch explosions from Kerosene and LOX. LH/LOX is far less stable.

    Granted, they can most likely build large solar farms on floating platforms to electrolyze the sea water and store the hydrogen and oxygen. Then they have to cryo-compress it and then use that to fuel the rockets. So... launching from sea platforms actually makes sense. Unfortunately nothing else about this idea does.

  • Jenness

    There are nutbags that protested the Concord saying that going that fast was destroying the air and ruining the planet.

    I can only imagine the protests that would occur if this happened. I mean every psycho will have some half-cocked theory to try and ruin it for us rich elites who absolutely do NEED to attend meetings in Scotland at noon then be back at home in Texas by dinner.

    Stop pissing on our cheerios you PLEBES!!!

  • Hazakabammer

    I'm already on Earth. It sucks. I want to go somewhere else, somewhere with less dummies.

  • infi_nitive

    FEWER dummies. Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • Hazakabammer

    Grammar changes, and language evolves. Whilst fewer is the correct word to use here, it isn't the commonly used one. Just as we no longer pronounce words such as what with the "hw" sound, even though it's correct. I've found that common language gets the point across more efficiently and with less misunderstanding. Ultimately I would suppose that the position of technical correction is one of language conservatism.

  • Perpetual Pizza

    Elon Musk is next Bond villain confirmed.

  • GeneralDisorder

    He's already attempting (and failing miserably) to build vacuum chambers that are thousands of miles long so he can... I guess splatter people inside. I don't know what the end goal is. It seems very super-villain to me. He's already milked a lot of taxpayer money for some hair-brained failure.

  • Meh

    Sure, and really rich people will become midgets after doing this 25 times. As fighter jet ejects shorten the pilot i wonder how fast this thing will really go at liftoff.

  • Munihausen

    *Sigh* I wish I had energy credits! It would be so cool! Shoooooom!

  • Draco Basileus

    Musk proposes this a mere two weeks after posting a highlight reel of all the times his vertical landing rockets blew up? Guy's got balls.

  • rhartness

    You know, I'm not a "greenie" type but the guy wanting to build this thing sure is. How does he justify all of that carbon?!

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Rocket fuel is hydrogen and oxygen... it makes steam.

  • Bling Nye

    Mostly. Looks like they're using RP-1 instead of hydrogen in the rocket engines they use.

  • Bling Nye

    Let's be real, this is just so they don't have to do in-flight food and beverage service.

  • WhiteEagle2

    Don't worry, if something goes wrong, you can jump out at 35k feet and 17,000 mph. You might want to scream, but there won't be enough oxygen to breath and even if there were, you'll probably pass out (die) anyways from the air speed.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    at 17000 mph I would be more concerned with the air acting like a cheese grater against my skin than passing out.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I think a 450 mph air speed is enough to remove flesh from bone.

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