SpaceX wants to go New York to Shanghai in 40 minutes

8:02 AM ET Sat, 8 June 2019

The race to make point-to-point space travel a viable transportation method is heating up as companies like Blue Origin and SpaceX continue to move toward developing passenger rockets. A plane ride from New York City to Shanghai is about 15 hours - and it could be as long as 29 hours with connecting flights. But with point-to-point travel, SpaceX says it could get you there in less than an hour. But how realistic is this approach to long-haul travel?