“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great - and that's what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It's about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can't think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.”

— ELON MUSK, CEO AND LEAD DESIGNER, SPACEX

BIG

FUCKING

ROCKET

TRAVEL

AROUND

EARTH

“With BFR, most of what people consider to be long distance trips would be completed in less than half an hour. In addition to vastly increased speed, one great thing about traveling in space is there is almost no friction. Once the ship leaves the atmosphere, there is no turbulence or weather. Consider how much time we currently spend traveling from one place to another. Now imagine most journeys taking less than 30 minutes, with access to anywhere in the world in an hour or less.”

TIME COMPARISONS

ROUTE

DISTANCE

COMMERCIAL AIRLINE

Los Angeles to New York

3,983km

5 hours, 25 minutes

Bangkok to Dubai

4,909km

6 hours, 25 minutes

Tokyo to Singapore

5,350km

7 hours, 10 minutes

London to New York

5,555km

7 hours, 55 minutes

New York to Paris

5,849km

7 hours, 20 minutes

Sydney to Singapore

6,288km

8 hours, 20 minutes

Los Angeles to London

8,781km

10 hours, 30 minutes

London to Hong Kong

9,648km

11 hours, 50 minutes

TIME VIA BFR

25 minutes

27 minutes

28 minutes

29 minutes

30 minutes

31 minutes

32 minutes

34 minutes

MISSION

TO

MARS

“BFR will enter the Mars atmosphere at 7.5 kilometers per second and decelerate aerodynamically. The vehicle’s heat shield is designed to withstand multiple entries, but given that the vehicle is coming into the Mars atmosphere so hot, we still expect to see some ablation of the heat shield (similar to wear and tear on a brake pad). The engineering videos below simulate the physics of Mars entry for BFR.”

“Our aspirational goal is to send our first cargo mission to Mars in 2022. The objectives for the first mission will be to confirm water resources and identify hazards along with putting in place initial power, mining, and life support infrastructure. A second mission, with both cargo and crew, is targeted for 2024, with primary objectives of building a propellant depot and preparing for future crew flights. The ships from these initial missions will also serve as the beginnings of our first Mars base, from which we can build a thriving city and eventually a self-sustaining civilization on Mars.”

On September 29th, 2017, SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk presented an updated vehicle design for what’s currently being referred to as BFR. A key challenge with the original vehicle design was figuring out how to pay for it. The updated design solves this problem by leveraging a slightly smaller vehicle that can service all greater Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars. This single system—one booster and one ship—will eventually replace Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon.  By creating a single system that can service a variety of markets, SpaceX can redirect resources from Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon to the BFR system—which is fundamental in making BFR affordable.

DEEP CYRO LIQUID OXYGEN TANK TESTING

Pressure tested to 2.3 atmospheres

Carbon fiber matrix

Volume 1000m

Holds 1200 tons of liquid oxygen

ENGINE TESTING

Over 1200 seconds of firing across 42 main engine tests

Longest test 100 seconds; 40 seconds typical for Mars landing

Test engine operates at up to 200 atmospheres

PERFECTING PROPULSIVE LANDING

18 successful Falcon 9 landings as of 10/15/2017

Very high reliability demonstrated with single engine landings

Precision landing will allow for return to launch mount, no landing lags needed

LAUNCH RATE

30

26

22

18

14

10

6

2

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

BFR OVERVIEW

By creating a single system that can service a variety of needs, we can redirect resources from Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon to this system-which is fundamental in making BFR affordable