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Elon Musk's SpaceX is building a rocket to deliver weapons anywhere in the world in around an hour for the US military SpaceX — and aerospace firm xArc — have signed a contract with the US forces A rocket could ship cargo from Florida to Afghanistan, for example, in an hour Such a journey by cargo plane presently takes around 15 hours to undertake SpaceX has landed reusable rockets before, but never with a full cargo payload The first experimental demos of the -principle are expected to begin next year

By Ian Randall For Mailonline

Published: 11:55 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 11:55 BST, 9 October 2020

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A cargo-delivery rocket that can deliver weapons and hardware to anywhere in the globe within an hour is being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX for the US military.

The system would allow materials to be transported the 7,500-odd miles from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the US-run Bagram airfield in Afghanistan in under an hour.

In contrast, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III — a military transport aircraft the US owns a 233-strong fleet of, that can fly at maximum of 590mph — would take 15 hours. 

The rocket will be able to carry an 80 ton payload, similar to that of a single C-17 — and proof-of-principle tests are expected to begin next year.

A cargo-delivery rocket that can deliver weapons and hardware to anywhere in the globe within an hour is being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX for the US military. Pictured, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launched into orbit carrying a payload of communications satellites

A cargo-delivery rocket that can deliver weapons and hardware to anywhere in the globe within an hour is being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX for the US military. Pictured, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launched into orbit carrying a payload of communications satellites

The system would allow materials to be transported the 7,652 miles from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the US-run Bagram airfield in Afghanistan in under an hour by rocket (yellow), as opposed to the 15 hours such a journey presently takes in a C-17 cargo plane (orange)

The system would allow materials to be transported the 7,652 miles from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the US-run Bagram airfield in Afghanistan in under an hour by rocket (yellow), as opposed to the 15 hours such a journey presently takes in a C-17 cargo plane (orange)

The collaboration — which will also include Texas aerospace firm xArc — was announced by US Transportation Command's General Stephen Lyons.

The first steps in the project will involve an assessment of the potential costs and challenges that will need to be overcome to deliver cargo globally in an hour.

'Think about the speed associated with that,' General Lyons said at the conference. 

'I can tell you SpaceX is moving very, very rapidly in this area. I’m really excited about the team that’s working with SpaceX.'

SpaceX has previously demonstrated the ability to vertically land and reuse the booster rockets for its Falcon 9 system onto drone ships

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