Elon Musk’s new fad or a real project in the works? On Monday, September 12, Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX, introduced some of the private space company’s most ambitious projects into the RTL microphone. And one of those slightly crazy projects is none other than a commercial rocket transport service: “This is really an opportunity for our Starship rocket. At the moment, we are concentrating on the Moon, on Mars, and also on flights from one point of the Earth to another.”
These intercontinental flights would make it possible to connect major cities, which are sometimes located at a distance of several thousand kilometers from each other, in just a few tens of minutes! Gwynne Shotwell cites the example of flying from Paris to New York in less than an hour, or even flying from Los Angeles to Shanghai in just 36 minutes.
The SpaceX boss estimates that it will take at least 5 years of preparation before launching this type of vehicle, and that many security measures will need to be put in place to get the green light from the authorities. Inevitably, in these difficult times for most of humanity, it is entirely legitimate to wonder how much a ticket to fly a rocket will cost. In response to this pointed question, Gwynn Shotwell declined to even name a price range, but there is a suspicion that you will have to drop a lot of big tickets to get from one continent to another in a few tens of minutes.