Watch: 'Like an aircraft' – SpaceX plans to fly passengers across the world in under an hour

Space exploration company SpaceX plans to fly passengers anywhere around the world in under an hour.

In a TED Talk last month, engineer and president Gwynne Shotwell explained how SpaceX's "BFR", or Big Falcon Rocket, could be used for Earth-to-Earth trips, Channel Nine reports.

The company is looking to create a series of floating launch pads, capable of launching and landing a BFR, in all major cities around the world.

The water surrounding the launch pads would give the rocket enough space and cooling to conduct multiple launches without damaging nearby cities.

Up to 100 passengers would take a boat out to a launch pad, board the rocket and land on another pad halfway across the world in under an hour.

The Earth-to-Earth trips would also come at a fraction of the cost of an airline ticket.

"If I can do this trip in a half hour, I can do dozens of these a day. A long-haul aircraft can only do one trip a day," Ms Shotwell said.

"So even if my rocket was slightly more expensive, I can run ten times what they're running in a day and really make the revenue that I need to out of that system."

Ms Shotwell expects BFRs to complete trips "within a decade".


Air NZ passengers with same wedding date as Meghan and Harry gifted airport lounge access

Air NZ will be celebrating the royal wedding by offering complementary airport lounge access to all customers who share the same wedding date as Harry and Meghan - May 19.

Customers with this  wedding anniversary need to present their marriage certificate dated May 19, to access any Air NZ operated lounge.

Air New Zealand Manager Global Lounges Ali Swarbrick says it's terrific to get behind the much-anticipated royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and share the excitement with customers.

"We look forward to rolling out the red carpet for customers travelling with us on Saturday and invite them to celebrate their own special day with us as we acknowledge the royal nuptials," Ms Swarbrick said.

"In addition to welcoming these special guests into our lounges, we'll be serving celebratory Kir Royale cocktails in the Auckland International, Sydney, Los Angeles, Wellington Domestic and Christchurch Domestic lounges and running a fun wedding cake competition."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are understood to have chosen elderflower flavour for their wedding cake.

So customers in the Auckland International, Sydney, Los Angeles, Wellington Domestic and Christchurch Domestic lounges will be able to sample elderflower wedding cake made by the kitchen staff in each of these lounges as part of an in-house challenge.

New footage released shows the huge construction process from start to finish.
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Vaping turns deadly as exploding pen launches projectile into Florida man's head

A Florida man was killed when an exploding vape pen launched a projectile into his head, in what's believed to be the first e-cigarette fatality in the United States.

An autopsy report confirmed the vape pen was responsible for the May 5 death of Tallmadge D’Elia, who was found by St Petersburg firefighters in the burning bedroom of his family home, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The explosion sent two pieces of the vape pen into his cranium, the report of the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner said.

The official cause of death was "projectile wound of head" and it was ruled an accident. 

Mr D'Ella also suffered "thermal injuries," or burns, on roughly 80 per cent of his body, the report said.

The vape pen was manufactured by Smok-E Mountain located in the Philippines.

In Idaho in January 2017, a man lost several teeth and suffered second-degree burns after a vape pen exploded in his face, the Tampa Bay Times said, citing NBC. 

And in 2016, a vape pen user in New York suffered third-degree burns after the pen exploded in his pants, NBC reported.

The Food and Drug Administration said the exact causes of vape pen explosions are not yet clear, but could stem from battery-related issues.

Scientific studies show vaping is healthier than smoking, the government says, and it will likely help current smokers to quit.
Source: 1 NEWS