Vastavam web: Spacex is now collaborating with the US army to build a rocket that could transport weapons systems anywhere on the globe in merely 60 minutes. This comes days after Elon Musk’s SpaceX inked a USD 149 million contract with Pentagon to develop missile-tracking satellites. Addressing a virtual conference on Wednesday, head of the US Transportation Command General Stephen Lyons made the new deal public.
Gen Lyons added that SpaceX will now assess the technical challenges and costs of this ambitious project. In comparison, the proposed high-speed rocket SpaceX is planning to build will be able to travel at 7,500 mph, according to The Times. This essentially means that a journey from Florida in the US to Afghanistan could be covered in an hour with a payload the equivalent of what a C-17 Globemaster can carry. As per the US Air Force’s official website, a C-17 Globemaster can carry a payload of over 74,000 kilograms. A second company Exploration Architecture Corporation (XARC) will also be part of this project by Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build a high-speed rocket for the US army.