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Fly from New York to China in 2 Hours by 2020



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Have you ever sat in your 19 floor beach-side mansion and thought to yourself: “If only I could fly to Bejing and back in one day, that would make it much easier to attend Francine’s ballet recital”? Well now for those with copious amounts of funding, it’s going to be made possible.

Set for release in 2020, Sub-orbital commuter flights will be jet setting the worlds top 0.01% across the globe at a blistering pace of 40,000 miles per hour. Compared to the current 500 mph of commercial airliners, the speed does however come at a great price – between $90,000 and $250,000 we’ve learned.

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson has indicated he’s looking into this business model to bring it to the public sector.

Aaron Pressman from Yahoo Finance commented on some issues with this technology development, showing it’s not quite ready for the general business man or woman:

“These [jets] can only take off and land in very special places like the spaceport that’s in New Mexico . That’s not going to help the 0.1% get from New York to London or Australia. So it’s going to take a while before these rockets become more like normal airplanes that can land at normal airports. [sic]” Yahoo

However, if this technology is worked on and improved, we could possibly see our grandchildren jet-setting across the globe in minimal time for current commercial airliner pricing.

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  • Wayne

    Meh! Teleportation is where it’s at.

    • Mayo

      I wish!

  • gadgety

    “…bring it to the public sector” Sure, G7 meets paid for by the general public. Too expensive for the corporate world because they have to answer to share holders. It’ll be slightly more feasible for world leaders in democracies, but it’ll be most easily used by dictators, since they answer to no one.

    So this is why Branson gave up on meat allegedly because it was environmentally wasteful. Perhaps the real reason was to give som environmental wiggle space to this spacecraft?

    BTW it’s not 40,000 mph, it’s 4,000. A rocket to the moon tops out at 25,000 mph. The space shuttle (which could land in normal airports) topped out at 17,000 mph, when in orbit around the spinning globe.

    • Wayne

      I also think 40 000 mph is a bit far fetched, the Saturn V third stage booster topped out at 25 000 mph in the vacuum of space and was a liquid fuelled rocket while this proposed ‘gadget’ is sub orbital and can’t be much more than a pulse jet. I don’t believe this story for a second. Maybe by the year 2070 it’ll be more believable.