Wow, Elon Musk dreams big. And yea, thats a BIG rocket. 100 people to mars?! Amazing. We at Fly-To Corp. would like to offer our services (domains) to him for the low price of 2 million dollars. Hey, we have launch fee’s back ordered and vinnie don’t take no checks, see?
To quote the article: “The slimmed-down rocket would be nine meters, or about 30 feet, in diameter instead of the 12-meter behemoth he described last year. It would still be more powerful than the Saturn 5 rocket that took NASA astronauts to the moon. Mr. Musk called it B.F.R. (The “B” stands for “big”; the “R” is for “rocket.”) The B.F.R. would be able to lift 150 metric tons to low-Earth orbit, Mr. Musk said.”
He still has not figgured out how to pay for all this, but he has released some engineering details. (I love the quote : “The mood at the conference was almost as giddy as a rock concert or the launch of a new Apple product, with people lining up for Mr. Musk’s presentation a couple of hours in advance.”)
Giddy. Ha, how often do you hear that word? Seriously though, these space faring billionaires ARE becoming the new rock stars in a way..
B.F.R , ha! Must be playing too much doom now that its been ported to the switch.
In all seriousness though, 100 people? I would love to see plans for that Earth-Mars transport. I can see a team-up with Bigelo Aerospace and their inflatable habitat modules. (Already being tested on the ISS). They are being proposed for the 2021 lunar habitat. Personally i think we should also contract with Bigelo for these habitats as they are much safer. When a micrometeorite hits metal, it fragments and forms a non sealing hole. An inflatable habitat is mostly self-sealing (rubber) and can be repaired much like a standard tire. It is more flexible then alloy based pressure vessels, takes less room to launch and all in all more durable then current designs. I would bet on inflatables as being a game changer here, in terms of safety, production and launch costs. Buy Stock in Bigelo, I say.