Why rocket travel takes a very long duration?

Why rocket travel takes a very long duration?

Many of the people believe that flying passengers may choose space instead of flying by air for getting the faraway destinations on Earth. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and investment banking company UBS are making enthusiastic predictions regarding this, involving the current report from UBS claiming that the space tourism market will be tripled to around USD 800 Bn in the coming years.

UBS is not providing the accurate date for point-to-point travel in spaceflight, in the report displays capable “long haul travel” beginning anywhere in the forecast period. The company believes the total revenue opportunity will be around USD 25 Bn, because of calculations from long-haul flights.

Despite the enthusiasm, it will take around 10 years for becoming reality. Whereas spaceflight for the long-distance flights can occur, Ella Atkins, a senior member of IEEE, claims that huge infrastructure is required and it requires the attitude towards safety to be examined critically before the market can blast off.

Atkins refers to the branch of famed 737 airplane type claims that “In 2030 we would have had to go through the same safety certification for rockets that is all in the news today, for the 737 Max” and was pulled after the crash in Ethiopia.

Atkins, Aerospace Engineer at the University of Michigan claims “What we’re talking about right now is having a rocket that passengers would still assume is safe, potentially up to the level they expect commercial travel to be safe”.


Aviation is the best way of travel as after the crash there is a huge investigation of the airplane type that had the crash. For instance, Boeing 737, airplanes are dragged from service and investigators examining everything from the pilot’s work to the software and hardware on aircraft, outlaying months or years in examining for causes issuing the report that the air authorities in the world will implement.

Atkins noticed that airplanes are the continuous modes of travel, whereas space is more exotic. The space shuttle, for instance, having two catastrophic failures in over 130 flights, an almost 1.6% failure rate. This is not the acceptable rate for commercial travelers on airplanes and Atkins claimed that safety requires surging spaceflight or travelers in accepting more risk.

“When we fly into space, the astronauts accept the risk. They are space explorers and they will do it, anyway. If you look at the record of the space shuttle, they expected to my understanding a 2% to 3% failure rate of the shuttle overall its missions, and they were close.”

Another main issue for point-to-point rocket travel is there is the need for total new facilities in cities improved for dealing with powering spacecraft that inclined to have exotic fuels producing the exhaust products.

Atkins claimed that “There is a possibility they will explode, so they will need to be more isolated”, noting that there are several cities with coastal presence having suitable land for facilities.

Space tourism may occur in a very short period, with Virgin Galactic running two flights up outside the boundary of what space was considered by the U.S. military. 

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