Are firing ballistic rockets to the other side of the planet carrying plenty of cargo economical? If so, would it even be plausible. Please contribute.
Also, I don't think they have any capability to decelerate and land
None.Yeah, I wonder what percentage of the price of an ICBM you could save by loosening up requirements on the circular error probability.
I mean like using a ballistic, reusable rocket to get a really heavy cargo into a ballistic trajectory before reentering the atmosphere and slowing it down by a parachute.Also, I don't think they have any capability to decelerate and land, so your shipment would need to be really well packed!
Moving a few people very quickly is not rational. The people moved would have to be extremely valuable individuals to justify the expense. The high risks involved would keep valuable people away.Furthermore, could we carry people like that too? Like a ballistic humans carrier.
The answer to both questions has to be yes, but more viable than what? Slightly more viable than extraordinarily non-viable is still extremely non-viable.No, I mean like 700+ passengers moving across the planet at REALLY high speeds. Would that make the cost lower? Would that make it more popular and more economically viable?
That may be verging on feasible, but still the cost of the delivery system would be many times the value of the cargo delivered.
Well, the US sure had launched mail via cruise missiles:I believe that a system of 'rocket mail' was used in Austria or in Switzerland, in the 1920s or so, to send letters to villages that were difficult to reach by land. And, in 1810, Heinrich von Kleist proposed (I suspect that tongue in cheek...) a 'Bombenpost' service, with hollow shells and suitable howitzers...
Moving a few people very quickly is not rational. The people moved would have to be extremely valuable individuals to justify the expense. The high risks involved would keep valuable people away.
Concorde flights ended for exactly that reason. The Tupolev Tu-144 was likewise unsuccessful.
If SST airplanes are not commercially viable, then ballistic missiles certainly cannot be viable.
Musk is talking about Earth-to-Earth transport at that point.No, like earth to earth, not earth to mars and wasting like 1 million tons of fuel.