Instead of an airplane – missile. Elon Musk is once again making sensational statements



He’s going to use the same rocket for the Mars expeditions, and to fly on Earth.

To Mars and back

Australia hosted the international Astronautical Congress. The founder of the company SpaceX Elon Musk presented the draft of the new missile, which bears the code name for the BFR (Big Falcon Rocket). Her length is 109 m, it will be installed 31 engine, and the interior of the spacecraft will be able to accommodate up to 120 people – three in 40 cabins.

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The billionaire says that the new missile will deliver people and cargo to Mars, and will orbit the Earth heavier satellites. It is worth mentioning that the colonization of Mars and the construction there of a city with a population of one million people – one of the ideas extravagant businessman.

Musk Concluded very effectively. “If you can build a spacecraft to go to Mars, why not use the same vehicle for travel from one location on Earth to another?” he asked a question.

And he answered: “Today’s technologies allow us to use our assets to move between cities. At the speed of 27 thousand kilometers per hour flight from new York to Paris takes about 30 minutes. The price of flights will be comparable to the cost of a ticket on an airliner in economy class”.

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According to the calculations of the Mask, using its transport system can be reached from Hong Kong to Singapore for 22 minutes, from Los Angeles to Toronto a 24 – minute drive from Los Angeles to new York in 25 minutes. Even the longest flights within the earth’s “ball” will take no more than an hour, I’m sure Musk. Technical details of the project he did not elaborate, saying only that it will be the quickest form of transport ever invented by mankind.

Missiles, the company developed a Mask that can return from orbit and land on the platform, although this technology requires significant improvement. Now it is proposed to use them to fly on a ballistic trajectory from one point of Land to another. The aircraft will briefly go beyond the atmosphere then come back and vertically to sit on the platform.

The case remained for small – to build a passenger rocket.

Click to enlarge. Infographics: AiF/ Maria Klementieva

Genius or charlatan?

Elon Musk – is an ambiguous figure. Some consider him a genius, others a charlatan chief of the XXI century. Or at least a man who knows how to apply beautiful impossible ideas. In promotion of his company at the time NASA was involved, passing it technology and providing valuable human resources, but because it is obvious that behind the Mask are the interests of the aerospace industry in the USA and he plays some of the role assigned to it.

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And so that’s that, and to attract attention (and thus funding) it is possible. No exception and his recent statements.

“Musk downplays the technical challenges that he will face on the path of creating such transport systems, – said academician of the Russian Academy of cosmonautics named after Tsiolkovsky Alexander Zheleznyakov. – Talking about how to use the missile systems from one point of the globe to move to another, goes from the 1970s But none of these attempts were not successful. And to announce that this flight will be at a cost comparable to flying on a plane in economy class – this statement is more promotional in nature.”

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Other experts draw attention to the fact that there is hardly a people who desperately need to fly an hour from new York city to Shanghai. And you will not be able to do it in such a short period of time – the mere preparation for such flights will take a few hours. After all, the spaceport (from security reasons) to be in a deserted place and it is yet to be reached.

Finally, how many will be able without training to postpone the inevitable overload? After all the passengers have to experience all the delights of space travel! But any astronaut not be called comfortable, the feelings that accompanied the launch and its expansion beyond the atmosphere.



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