Rocket-Powered E-Commerce: Exploring the Feasibility and Implications of Suborbital Package Delivery


  • Dr. A. Shaji George Independent Researcher, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Dr. T. Baskar Professor, Department of Physics, Shree Sathyam College of Engineering and Technology, Sankari Taluk, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Digvijay Pandey Department of Technical Education, IET, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow 226021, Uttar Pradesh, India



SuborbitaL, Reusable, Rocket, Payload, Precision, Landing, Point-to-Point, Logistics, Hypersonic, Infrastructure, Economics


Due to the exponential growth of e-commerce, businesses strive for ever-faster delivery to meet consumer demands. This endeavor has spawned novel transportation concepts such as delivery via suborbital rocket. This study investigates the viability and consequences of employing reusable rockets to accomplish worldwide parcel delivery in less than an hour. The technical specifications put forth by Chinese enterprises engaged in the development of this technology are examined. These specifications encompass payload capabilities, reusability, and the modeling of delivery time via suborbital trajectories. The findings suggest that a rocket system of this nature has the capability to transport payloads of up to 10 tons worldwide in less than an hour, with each rocket capable of being reused twenty times. However, weather disruptions and precise landings remain unresolved obstacles. Additional economic analysis reveals that market demand and cost-effectiveness are ambiguous. While rockets may be attractive for transporting high-priority payloads, they are currently unsuitable for the majority of e-commerce requirements. Additionally, the environmental effects of rocket emissions may limit the technology's viability as a sustainable transport option. In addition to these, social and regulatory concerns pertaining to aviation laws, accessibility, and public safety pose further obstacles. As a result of technical barriers and broader feasibility concerns, the potential for ultrafast delivery via suborbital rockets continues to be largely speculative. Considerable additional development and testing are required to ascertain whether this concept has the potential to transform into a scalable, cost-effective, and socially acceptable innovation, as opposed to merely remaining a novel idea. Viability of the business model, environmental sustainability, and regulatory sanction continue to be crucial concerns. Although there will be ongoing advancements in speed, genuine transformational change may necessitate innovations in various sectors, including technology, economy, and society. This preliminary assessment indicates that at present, the level of enthusiasm surrounding global delivery in less than an hour surpasses the practicality of near-term projections.




How to Cite

Dr. A. Shaji George, Dr. T. Baskar, & Digvijay Pandey. (2024). Rocket-Powered E-Commerce: Exploring the Feasibility and Implications of Suborbital Package Delivery. Partners Universal Innovative Research Publication, 2(2), 56–70.