The Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to build aeroplanes that won’t need a runway and will be able to take off and land vertically. That would make it quite easy for not just airports to be maintained easily, but also save on many other resources that are needed to maintain and facilitate runways all over the world. Besides, when he thinks of aeroplanes taking off and landing without needing a runway, he thinks of electric jets, not your normal fuel-driven aeroplanes.
During a brief Q&A session he was asked what is his “next great idea” after the Hyperloop mode of transportation in which people and cars will be able to travel more than the speed of sound. Not that the ideas of people travelling in electric jets and aeroplanes and aeroplanes taking off and landing vertically are unique and new. Already an electric aircraft has crossed the English Channel. And there is a Denver-based aircraft company that claims that within three years it may be able to show to the world aeroplanes that can take off and land vertically, without needing a runway.
What Elon Musk wants to achieve is, combine both the concepts, and build aeroplanes that will be powered by electricity and they won’t need runways to take off and land. Well, if you are Elon Musk and if you are flushed with cash, ideas are always aplenty. And people readily lap up whatever you say.