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    Default Earth Point to Point space transport

    SpaceX started this ball rolling with word that their BFR Booster and BFS Spaceship were being modded for Earth Point to Point (P2P) transportation. The plan is to have offshore or other safe area platforms and service at orbital speeds; NY to Sydney in about 30 minutes flight time.

    Construction of the first BFS Spaceship should begin in a few months at San Pedro, California. The first test hops and short flights (without the booster, it's capable of single stage to orbit) should begin 2019-2020 at their Brownsville spaceport.



    Now, the US Department of Commerce Office of Space Commerce is getting on board, and other companies are talking about P2P systems. This goes along with the first National Space Council meeting where the US Secretary of Transportation and others showed a high interest in P2P.

    Also; FAA has been working on rolling space traffic into the Air Traffic Control system for several years. SpaceX has been testing the hardware by flying it on their Dragon spaceship during ISS cargo runs.

    From the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation convention,

    Frank Slazer @FSlazer (Aerospace Industries Association)
    Great to hear: Jason Kim from Office of Space Commerce: The Missile Technology Control Regime limits some point to point and other new space systems; that needs to be fixed. We want to unshackle industry to innovate! #FAACST2018
    3:22 PM - Feb 8, 2018



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    Nuke Earth point to point delivery has been the function of most rockets built since 1950's.

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    This is cargo and passengers. The things habitat section is configurable; up to 100 for deep space trips like Mars, much more for P2P flights.

    It really is ginormous.
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    Technically, there is no landing phase for Ballistic Missiles, instead, it is called 'terminal descent'. Even the ballistic missile RVs of today are basically well-fused deadfall ordnance once separated from the warhead bus - the warhead bus is where all of the brains of the missile are, including cross range maneuvering, ECM, Chaff, Decoys)... the Arming of the Accellerometers and the above ground Radar Detonation triggers rendered landing program/systems extraneous; typical RV velocities are 9000-20000kph at burst height.
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