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London to Sydney in just two hours ?

By T.K. Randall
October 4, 2011 · Comment icon 13 comments

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Michiel Mol and airline KLM are joining forces to develop a 13,750mph passenger spacecraft.
With plans to begin operations within 15 to 20 years, the flights would be so fast that they would facilitate travel around the world in less than two hours. "'I think there will [be] millions of people who would prefer to be in Sydney in a little more than one and a half hours rather than 24 hours," said Mol who likens the flights to those of Concorde before its retirement in 2003.
A Formula One motor racing tycoon has teamed up with an airline to develop a spaceship that could mean every city on the planet is just two hours away. Imagine Sydney and Tokyo becoming short-haul destinations as passengers jet on a spaceship travelling at 13,750 mph.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (13)




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Comment icon #4 Posted by DeMikeDe 13 years ago
The Force India corporation will have to compete like heck in offering the best aviation service against older becoming less efficient airline providers. I like to know the namesake "Force India" hinting the planes are manufactured in India, right in between London and Sydney, but they hadn't yet discussed plans to fly into North America (i.e. New York/Washington DC, Chicago, Denver or Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles/San Francisco). Perhaps not only the Dutch (KLM-Northwest whom that US-based branch involved in flights across the North Pacific and East Asia) but the Russians could get involv... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Robbie333 13 years ago
Ohhhh, the price of a ticket !!! $$$$$$$$$$$$$illion
Comment icon #6 Posted by Adella 13 years ago
Well, it still won't be as fast as a UFO! Soo...
Comment icon #7 Posted by Device 13 years ago
Ridiculous really. Theres more serious issues in the world than 'how fast can I get to Aussie'
Comment icon #8 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch 13 years ago
That's right device hinder progress. That way you can stay warm and cozy in the dark ages. I jest. But seriously we need to keep progressing our technology. I want to save the world too. But progress needs to run concurrent with that goal.
Comment icon #9 Posted by BrianPotter 13 years ago
The Force India corporation will have to compete like heck in offering the best aviation service against older becoming less efficient airline providers. I like to know the namesake "Force India" hinting the planes are manufactured in India, right in between London and Sydney, but they hadn't yet discussed plans to fly into North America (i.e. New York/Washington DC, Chicago, Denver or Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles/San Francisco). Perhaps not only the Dutch (KLM-Northwest whom that US-based branch involved in flights across the North Pacific and East Asia) but the Russians could get involv... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by ThePitOfReason 13 years ago
Going to need a large supply of puke bags.
Comment icon #11 Posted by tadpole16 13 years ago
that will be our modern ufo. first its this then its a more advanced one of these to take us to mars.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Ranyhyn 13 years ago
Ridiculous really. Theres more serious issues in the world than 'how fast can I get to Aussie' Progress is important. that will be our modern ufo. first its this then its a more advanced one of these to take us to mars. It really wouldn't, because an UFO is unidentified. You'd be hard pressed to create a commercial craft and still have it remain unidentified. Second, I assume you are referring to alien spacecraft, well, no. Because the speeds required to move the distances they supposedly move in a feasible amount of time, this craft is nowhere close to matching, and we don't know for certain ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Mike 215 13 years ago
IT will be a billion dollar failure because the cost of a ticket will be limited to billionaires. I am sure that a ticket will cost in the half a million dollar range. Look what happened to the Concorde. Charging tens of thousands for tickets was not enourgh to keep the fleet going so France and Britain had to pay large amounts of money to keep the planes flying. OF course there is the possibility that the corporations will pay for the tickdet for their chief executives.But that will last only a short time with teleconferencing becoming more popular in business there is no need to run around t... [More]


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