Elon Musk Unveils Plan for City-to-City Rocket Travel (Video)

“Anywhere on Earth in under an hour,” says SpaceX boss

Elon Musk

Going around the world in a day is so cliche to Elon Musk.

After sharing his updated plans to hit Mars and the Moon with the International Astronautical Congress on Thursday night, the Tesla and SpaceX head honcho unveiled a plan to shoot passengers “anywhere on Earth in under an hour” using rockets.

In a SpaceX video that breaks down the idea, commuters in New York City use SpaceX’s upcoming mega-rocket (nicknamed “Big F–king Rocket”) to enter the Earth’s orbit, separates into a smaller ship, and blast towards Shanghai. Total trip time: 39 minutes, after hitting speeds of 27,000 kilometers per hour (or nearly 17,000 miles per hour).

If Shanghai isn’t for you, the video demo says London to Dubai or New York City in 29 minutes, Los Angeles to Toronto in 24 minutes, or Hong Kong to Singapore in 22 minutes are all options as well.

Musk said he wants to start building BFR within the next six to nine months, which he plans on using to send humans to Mars by 2024.

Details on the project were scarce. Musk didn’t mention when the proposed rocket-around-the-world trips would first launch, or how many passengers can go. Later on his Instagram account, Musk said the “cost per seat should be about the same as a full fare economy in an aircraft. Forgot to mention that.”

Musk was mainly focused on the Red Planet while addressing the IAC in Australia. The entrepreneur said SpaceX is aiming to land two cargo ships on Mars in 2022 to leave supplies needed for human exploration.

“That’s not a typo — although it is aspirational,” said Musk on hitting Mars within five years.

For a look at Musk’s city-to-city rocket plan, check out the video below.