It’s been years since Elon Musk sold Paypal and went on a life-long mission of colonizing Mars and sending as many people to space as possible. Yet here we are, on the verge of unbelievable scientific discoveries that bring regular space travel closer with each passing year. With a staff of brilliant physicists, engineers, rocket-builders, and programmers, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is pouring his wild ideas into the world non-stop. This time he visited the 86th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, and shared some of his insane plans that will revolutionize space travel and help us build a city on Mars (as well as a lunar base!).
It seems that Elon Musk’s ambitions are growing more and more with each passing year – and rightfully so! Falcon 9, a rocket designed by SpaceX that’s been doing all the fancy propulsive landings over the past few years, is nothing compared to what we’re about to see in the nearest future. Behold the BFR, one rocket that will rule them all!
BFR (which stands for Big F*cking Rocket) is not an official nickname, but is still a name that best describes what this device actually is – a huge rocket that’s 350 feet tall with a capacity to deliver 150 tons of payload to Low Earth Orbit. Think that’s a lot? Poor little Falcon 9 can do only 15 tons at a time!
Not only can you fit a whole stack on Falcon 1 rockets into the BFR, you can also use it for transportation. That’s right, the enormous payload capacity is there for a reason – Musk wants his rockets to become ‘ferries’ that will take people from one city anywhere on Earth to another under one hour. In fact, he wants it to be under 30 minutes!
Elon Musk wants the BFR to replace all SpaceX vehicles and become an affordable (yes, you heard that right) means of transportation that will eventually replace air flights. He’s planning on doing that by incorporating reusability like with 747 that’s been used many times which allowed dropping the cost per flight.