Thinking About Interstellar Business Travel?
This week has been ablaze with the news of Elon Musk’s rocket launching success. Setting aside the impressive launch and landing of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket, anyone can marvel at the fact that there is a car now floating in space. One can imagine most people with a driver's license would feel comfortable behind the wheel of a Tesla Roadster; it's a vehicle that doesn't take years of intensive training to pilot. While the science is far above our expertise, we know the vehicle’s orbit will be somewhere between Mars and Jupiter. This is the furthest a passenger car has traveled from our planet. But that doesn’t mean it will be the last. In preparation for the future, here are some tips on launching your business vehicle program in space.
1. Fair and Accurate Reimbursement
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy’s propulsion system relies on some heavy duty rocket fuel to break from gravity (not to mention 25,000 mile-per-hour speeds). The Tesla currently in space might be an electric car, but it wouldn’t be where it is now without some combination of rocket fuel and mind boggling science. When planning your interstellar business vehicle program, make sure to take into account the fuel required to achieve escape velocity, land safely, and travel. It might be a little more than the IRS standard mileage rate of 54.5 cents-per-mile.
There are some interstellar pilots we might all trust implicitly. Captain Steven Hiller, Joseph Cooper, Hoban Washburne, and Han Solo come to mind. But, if we’re being honest, not every driver is going to meet the expectations of the Kessel run, let alone safe flight through asteroid fields. To protect your drivers, their mission, and your company, you’ll want to make sure their records are clean. In the future, it may be something different, but for now you’d do that with continuous monitoring of motor vehicle records. And you wouldn’t dare let them travel without hyper-speed insurance.
3. Fleet vs. Personal Vehicle
This is a tricky one. A SpaceX Falcon is out of most people’s price range, but who knows what vehicle ownership will look like in an era of space travel? Before you jump to the decision of buying a star fleet for your company a couple years too early, just remember: you’re going to have to pay for more than those vehicles. All the maintenance, inevitable wear and tear, depreciation, your company will be bearing all of those costs.
If you’ve ever considered the Fermi Paradox, it’s likely that you’ve wondered what other worlds hold alien life. They could be terrifying, they could be fascinating, they could be terrifyingly, fantastically boring: the possibilities are endless. Regardless of what these planets hold, it’s safe to say attentions might wander, and productivity will suffer. Mobile workers tempted by the call of adventure are sure to spend a minute or two on their mission to stop and smell the… well, whatever the extraterrestrial version of roses may be. Plan ahead for these possibilities by securing data on their time spent traveling, time spent in meetings, planets visited and more. If you live through those light years traveled you may be able to figure out who your team’s top seller is and what the rest of the mobile workforce could be doing to pump those numbers up.
Are we getting ahead of ourselves, talking interstellar business vehicle programs? Maybe a little. But even as little as 10 years ago, who could have imagined seeing an actual car in space, playing David Bowie no less? Granted, the gravitational pull of other, bigger things is causing its movement. That doesn't mean we can't call it a success for man and automotive. And, while we aren’t currently equipped with the data to provide a proper assessment for your ideal interstellar business vehicle program, we can certainly help you by assessing your current one.
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Ben Reiland is a Content Writer at Runzheimer.More Content by Ben Reiland