South Africa: South African inventor announces rocket travel plans

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African-born tycoon Elon Musk on Friday revealed plans to create rockets to transport people around the world.

The inventor, who regularly sends rockets into space, said the rockets will be capable of travelling anywhere on Earth in under an hour. He did not give a time-frame for production of the rockets.

Musk, who addressed the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia on Friday, said his SpaceX company which has launched 13 rockets so far this year, aims to complete 30 missions for customers next year.

The SpaceX rockets are designed for reuse making space travel much more affordable. Musk’s ultimate goal is to get a human mission to Mars.

The 46-year-old, who was raised in Pretoria, was previously co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com, which merged with Confinity and took the name PayPal.

He has also designed the Tesla electric cars which are now being sold worldwide. He has envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, which will transport commuters in underground sealed tubes. San Francisco, New York and Washington DC are studying the possibility.

He is estimated to be worth US$16.1 billion.
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29 september 2017 14:56:15




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