SpaceX’s BFR rocket could also fly human passengers anywhere on Earth in less than an hour.
SpaceX is getting closer to making its next big rocket a reality. The company has chosen to build its “BFR” rocket in the Port of Los Angeles, pending city approval.
Los Angeles’ mayor revealed the news during his “state of the city” speech on Monday. A final lease agreement for the proposed project will come before a city harbor commission on Thursday.
“SpaceX has called the Port of Los Angeles home to our west coast recovery operations since 2012 and we truly appreciate the City of Los Angeles’ continued partnership,” the company’s president Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement.
The BFR is part of SpaceX’s plan to send humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Last September, the company’s CEO Elon Musk unveiled the design for the next-generation rocket, which will eventually replace its current Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy models.
BFR is short for “Big Falcon Rocket” (or possibly “Big Fucking Rocket”) and as the name suggests the booster is enormous. It stands at 106 meters, making it 36 meters higher than the Falcon 9 or closer in size to the Apollo Moon mission rockets.
However, the BFR is designed to be fully reusable, which will help to dramatically lower the costs of each launch.
SpaceX has been promoting the BFR as a vehicle that’ll take humanity to Mars by 2024. But the rocket could also speed up long-distance travel on Earth too. Imagine getting from Los Angeles to New York in only 29 minutes. SpaceX claims the BFR could bring you anywhere on Earth in under an hour.
Musk has reportedly said the upcoming rocket will be ready for short-flights next year.