So while we were all mesmerized by the announcement by Robert Francis O’Roadtrip that he was having his teeth cleaned and running for President, another story was bubbling to the surface — three billionaires are trying to win your long distance travel business. Billionaires in space!
How would you like to be able to get from New York to Shanghai in THIRTY-NINE minutes?
Yes, you’d like that wouldn’t you. All aboard.
Billionaires in space, Big Red Car?
Yes, dear reader, we have three billionaires vying for the brass ring in space travel. Right now. Right here.
1. Elon Musk is working through his company SpaceX to take you along for the ride.
2. Sir Richard Branson wants you to fly with Virgin Galactic.
3. Jeff Bezos is working on it with his Blue Origin space company.
All of these companies (except Blue Origin) have launched vehicles that have made it into space. Elon Musk sent a Tesla (which he paid for) on a trip to Mars in February 2019. The Tesla Starman is flying at 44,500 MPH as it circles Mars and returns toward the sun. It makes a lap every 557 days.
Hey, did you know Mars is 140,000,000 miles from Earth? That is a long haul, y’all.
Bezos is funding his Blue Origin with $1,000,000,000 a year which he generates by slipping a bit of Amazon stock into the market.
Here is a pic of Sir Richard’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. The subassembly in the middle is flown to 50,000 feet in altitude and released. Then, a rocket engine ignites and you are flying into space.
If you want a seat on it to go space-sploring it will cost you $250,000 to be one of six passengers with the two pilots. The carrier aircraft is called White Knight II while the spacecraft is SpaceShipTwo.
Is there a market, Big Red Car?
OK, first the market is only the long haul market. In 2018, more than 150,000,000 passenger miles were incurred on flights that lasted more than ten hours.
Already, Musk — who seems to be leading the pack — has spacecraft designs that can hold more than 100 persons.
How much would you be willing to pay for the following performance?
New York to London in 29 minutes, normally seven hours.
New York to Los Angeles in 25 minutes.
New York to Shanghai in 39 minutes, normally twelve hours.
London to Dubai in 29 minutes.
London to Sydney in 52 minutes, normally twenty-two hours.
Some of these flight times are shorter than Austin By God Texas to Houston on Southwest Airlines when they struggle to get the beverage service finished.
You could be in Shanghai in an hour if you lived in London and took a spacecraft. Normally it is almost twelve hours.
When, Big Red Car?
The illuminati project it will be a reality by 2030 — right when the earth expires from global warming or is it climate change?
Take it to the bank — 2030. All aboard.
So, dear reader, there you have it. While you were listening to Beto, billionaires were plotting how to use a space rocket to take you to Myrtle Beach. Is this a great world or what?