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    Default NY to LA: 12 Min Flight

    NY to LA in TWELVE minutes: Hypersonic aircraft that flies at 20 times the speed of sound takes to skies


    An experimental unmanned aircraft that fly at 20 times the speed of sound is to undergo a crucial test flight on Thursday.

    The Falcon HTV-2 will be launched on a rocket into space then will glide back down to Earth at speeds of 13,000mph.

    The previous test flight lasted only nine minutes before being deliberately crashed as a safety measure due to technical difficulties....
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    I am insulted by your topic title and the format of your post. Do you think we're so disinterested in modern technological pursuits that you have to use eye-catching tabloid headlines, underlining and bold letters?

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    This is cool.

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    Yes.
    You might be onto something.

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    I heard about a very similar concept, maybe the same as far as I know, a couple years ago. There was a show on either the Discovery or History channel which had a few brief sentences on a conceptual craft that could basically be launched into space, skip across the surface of the atmosphere, and reenter at a high velocity, resulting in a ~12,000 mile trip that could be completed in under two hours.
    So much for my lust for a Ferrari...

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    That's what I had heard too (several years ago, in fact). I was wondering if this was simply the same thing. It's shaped pretty similar.
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    @You Is it safe to guess that we are more than a few decades away from this ability as a common man's luxury?

    @ all: I wonder, would there be any parties -financially or politically- that would have an incentive to suppress this technology? Who would benefit and who would lose out? What is the downside to this advancement? If this kind of rapid transit becomes accessible to all, what is the global impact? (My mind is exploding with questions, so I apologize if these all qualify as a separate thread.)
    "The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things." - Rainer Maria Rilke

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    + Virgin making the first commercial space craft.

    http://www.virgingalactic.com/

    However, none of this will probably come to fruition for another 40 years.

    DAMN IT.

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    Who would want to go from NY to LA in the first place. Hasn't anyone seen that documentary called californication?

    It's a bad idea people!
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