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Want to go to dinner in New York after work? It is the promise of SpaceX which ensures that in a few years, it will be enough to jump in a rocket to go to the United States in 30 minutes from Paris.
Posted on 09-15-2022 by Esther Buitekant
‘It’s definitely a possibility for our Starship rocket.’
It takes an average of 8H20 to reach New York from Paris. The American aircraft manufacturer Boom Supersonic promises to cut this time in half. But SpaceX, the group founded by Elon Musk – the boss of Tesla – wants to go even faster. Invited to speak at the microphone of Europe 1 on Monday, the president of SpaceX Gwynne Shotwell said that within five years, it would be possible to reach New York from the French capital in 30 minutes. ‘It really is a possibility for our Starship rocket. For the moment, we are concentrating on the Moon, Mars but also on flights from one point to another on the Earth, ”she explains. With a speed of 27,000 km/h, Starship could thus make it possible to reach Zurich from Sydney in 50 minutes or Shanghai from Los Angeles in only 36 minutes.
The price of the ticket remains a mystery
Obviously, the rocket will not be able to take off from Roissy or Orly, so SpaceX is initially considering having them take off from platforms located at sea. shots and landing on dry land, ”says the president of SpaceX. The latter refused to mention the cost of such a trip, which one imagines colossal and reserved for a handful of privileged people only. In terms of comfort, Elon Musk’s company wants to do ‘everything to make these flights as smooth as possible’. Nothing stops the boss of Tesla for whom the future seems to be definitely written in the air.