I’d love to go to the Australian outback someday. I’d ride around in a Kangaroo pouch, watch a rugby match, learn to surf, teach the locals how to play baseball, and take in a show at the Sydney Opera house. It would be epic. It’s also never going to happen. Australia is just too far away! You’d lose an entire day just travelling there one way. Thankfully, there soon may be a fix that would be a boon to the Aussie tourism industry: a SpaceLiner capable of making the trek from Europe in just 90 minutes!
As IFLS writes, “With current technology, the shortest journey from Europe to Sydney is around 30 hours. That’s more than an entire day devoted to traveling. However, German space agency DLR has added their own solution to our slow travel problem: the SpaceLiner. This yet-to-be-developed vehicle would zip over the globe faster than the speed of sound, achieving this feat by flying higher than the stratosphere. Packed with rocket engine technology, the SpaceLiner would travel from Europe to Australia in just 90 minutes. You could realistically pop over to Grandma’s for lunch and be back home for dinner.”
The key phrase from that paragraph was ‘yet-to-be-developed’. However, just like with Elon Musk’s Hyperloop that doesn’t mean that all hope should be lost. On the contrary. It just means that we should start getting excited now. After all, some things are worth waiting for. And the SpaceLiner would certainly be one such thing.
I, however, would probably be willing to wait a little bit longer than most. Until after they’ve worked out all of the kinks and all. For when it comes to sub orbital space flight you do want to be an early adopter.
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