"What if you take that same ship and go from one place to another on Earth?"
SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company hopes to launch a new generation of uncrewed rockets to Mars in 2022 followed by more rockets with crews in 2024. The redesigned Space X rocket will be reusable and hold about 100 people. Unfortunately, it is also the cost per trip that you will have to take into consideration because you're probably wondering that these trips could cost a a few thousand dollars right?
In a video demonstrating the tech, Space X envisions passengers traveling by ferry from New York to a launchpad in the ocean. From there, a BFR would launch to space at a maximum speed of 18,000 miles per hour finishing with a propulsive landing back on a pad.
"All our resources will turn toward building BFR", Musk said. And the Associated Press said of the Earth-to-Earth trips, "The technical and commercial feasibility of this new venture is yet to be determined". Thirty-nine minutes and 7,364 miles later, the ship arrives at its destination.
Many of SpaceX's other smaller rockets operate to transport satellites into orbit and make deliveries to the International Space Station. The passengers then board a rocket bound for Shanghai, over 7,000 miles away.
One year on, the SpaceX CEO's vision was no less ambitious - although the rocket has been scaled down to allow it to perform the other tasks the company has become known for.
Musk didn't provide any specific numbers on how SpaceX will finance these costly ambitions, but is confident that the company will find a way.