Very High Roller
When asked about the company’s other intention for the spacecraft formerly known as the Big Falcon Rocket — transporting people from one part of Earth to another in under an hour — he responded with an unexpected analogy, comparing a trip aboard the powerful rocket to a ride on Disney’s Space Mountain roller coaster.
Better Hold It
Musk’s series of tweets reveals that SpaceX plans to fit about 1,000 passengers on Starship for Earth-to-Earth trips — that number will drop to 100 for Mars-bound excursions. Everyone will have “coach” seat, and they better use the restroom and grab a snack before boarding because the rocket won’t have toilets or a food galley.
“Most flights would only be 15 to 20 mins,” Musk wrote. “It’s basically an ICBM traveling at Mach 25 that lands,” a reference to intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Mr. Musk’s Wild Ride
The Disney shout-out came after a Twitter user asked Musk if Starship passengers would be allowed to walk around while in flight.
“That would be unwise,” Musk replied. “Probably needs a restraint mechanism like Disney’s Space Mountain roller coaster. Would feel similar to Space Mountain in a lot of ways, but you’d exit on another continent.”
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