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Elon Musk Compares Rocket Rides to Disney Roller Coaster

June 27th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Advanced Transport
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Very High Roller

On Wednesday, Elon Musk took to Twitter to answer users’ questions about Starship, the massive rocket SpaceX plans to use to deliver humans to Mars.

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.”

READ MORE: Elon Musk says flying passengers round the world in his Big Falcon Rocket would feel a lot like Disney’s Space Mountain [Business Insider]

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