Elon Musk has a GREAT idea…. why not use a space craft designed for going to mars for transporting people around Earth!
Actually, its a profoundly stupid idea on almost every level. Firstly even the best rockets have a lousy track record compared to rockets. If only one rocket in a hundred blows up its considered VERY good. Meanwhile if one plane in a million crashes, its considered a poor safety record.
Secondly rockets are mind blowingly expensive. You can get an estimate of a ticket on a rocket like this as somewhere between 100 000- 500 000 USD. Its difficult to see that ever being competitive with plane flight which will cost ~1000 USD. Elon Musk however doesnt seem to have a problem saying it will only cost about the same as a plane ticket.
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