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2012-10-14 03:52:12 PM  
This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare

"This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here
am I sitting in my tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do

Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much (she knows!)
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear....

"I am floating round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do.?
 
2012-10-14 05:41:58 PM  
theamazingpage.com

/obscure?
 
2012-10-14 05:50:43 PM  

calbert: [theamazingpage.com image 600x250]

/obscure?


Zlad, obscure in fark? lol
 
2012-10-14 05:50:55 PM  
Hit it, Baby-D.
 
2012-10-14 05:52:44 PM  
FTFA: gradually accelerating to so-called hypersonic speeds of up to Mach 8 - about 9,800km/h (6,100 mph).
If a small piece of ice crystal hit that at those speeds it would be adios amigo.
What is it made of?
 
2012-10-14 05:54:32 PM  
A Semisonic TransAtlantic flight from London is one where you don't have to go home but you can't stay here.
 
2012-10-14 05:56:42 PM  
Impressed...

userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2012-10-14 06:01:12 PM  
Sub orbital is the way to go. It costs too much energy to push your way through the atmosphere at supersonic/hypersonic speeds. Fling yourself out of the atmosphere, then arc unpowered, ballistically toward your destination.

A couple centuries from now, airplanes will be obsolete anyway, since we'll be zipping New York to Europe in 45 minutes in mag lev capsules running in vacuum tube tunnels suspended underwater in the Atlantic, going 15,000 mph....
 
2012-10-14 06:01:45 PM  
Now if we could cut the time that it takes to get groped.
 
2012-10-14 06:03:04 PM  
www.aidthoughts.org
 
2012-10-14 06:03:26 PM  
Well, it would still be an all day ordeal... 4 or 5 hours of screening and processing on each end. :)
 
2012-10-14 06:04:56 PM  
How much actual time would we save "gate-to gate?"
 
2012-10-14 06:07:55 PM  
What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free
 
2012-10-14 06:08:43 PM  
Flying cars, personal assistant robots, hypersonic transport....
 
2012-10-14 06:10:08 PM  

mark12A: A couple centuries from now, airplanes will be obsolete anyway, since we'll be zipping New York to Europe in 45 minutes in mag lev capsules running in vacuum tube tunnels suspended underwater in the Atlantic, going 15,000 mph....


Tsar Nicholas II, is that you?
 
2012-10-14 06:11:23 PM  
 
2012-10-14 06:16:40 PM  

mark12A: Sub orbital is the way to go. It costs too much energy to push your way through the atmosphere at supersonic/hypersonic speeds. Fling yourself out of the atmosphere, then arc unpowered, ballistically toward your destination.

A couple centuries from now, airplanes will be obsolete anyway, since we'll be zipping New York to Europe in 45 minutes in mag lev capsules running in vacuum tube tunnels suspended underwater in the Atlantic, going 15,000 mph....


that's what I was just thinking. gotta get rid of the pesky air friction. vacuum tubes would be the way to go
 
2012-10-14 06:17:30 PM  

mark12A: A couple centuries from now, airplanes will be obsolete anyway, since we'll be zipping New York to Europe in 45 minutes in mag lev capsules running in vacuum tube tunnels suspended underwater in the Atlantic, going 15,000 mph....


I think a couple centuries from now we'll be too busy rediscovering electricity for all of that.
 
2012-10-14 06:20:27 PM  

cig-mkr: What is it made of?


angel hair, and it's powered by unicorn farts.
 
2012-10-14 06:23:48 PM  
Because they're Super Sonic Racing?
 
2012-10-14 06:23:53 PM  
And it will cost $40,000 per seat or more and in this troubled economy no one will fly it dooming it from the start.

Let's not repeat the lesson learned from the Concorde.
 
2012-10-14 06:26:19 PM  
Prepare ship for ludicrous speed!
 
2012-10-14 06:27:43 PM  
..and you can get to the airport in your flying car
 
2012-10-14 06:29:19 PM  
There's not a critical need for hypersonic travel so it won't come about.
 
2012-10-14 06:30:23 PM  
We could cut 20% off travel time of New York to London just by fixing the clusterfark that is airport security. A flight from NY to Boston takes less than an hour, but the 3 hour train is typically faster door to door...
 
2012-10-14 06:33:59 PM  
A supersonic airline might work, but they'd have to try real hard at getting past the fuel costs and maintenance issues.
Hypersonic is pushing it for a large jet.

I'd sooner put money on suborbital point to point.
Get into the upper atmosphere where there is no resistance and you can go as fast as you want.
 
2012-10-14 06:36:10 PM  
How about the quest to get my cheap Chinese goods here in less than 3 weeks. I'm tired of the slowboat.
 
2012-10-14 06:37:03 PM  
How much faster do you need to get there???
 
2012-10-14 06:37:29 PM  
Like most Brits, I couldn't Sonicare less.
 
2012-10-14 06:38:26 PM  
FTFA: "Its fastest crossing occurred on 7 February 1996 when Captain Leslie Scott flew from the US to the UK in two hours 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds."

You forgot to proofread proofread your article.
 
2012-10-14 06:43:27 PM  

gweilo8888: FTFA: "Its fastest crossing occurred on 7 February 1996 when Captain Leslie Scott flew from the US to the UK in two hours 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds."

You forgot to proofread proofread your article.


Haha good one 1.
 
2012-10-14 06:46:02 PM  
...and the airline will still lose your luggage.
 
2012-10-14 06:47:52 PM  
i.ytimg.com

New York to London? Pfft.Pussies.
 
2012-10-14 07:21:48 PM  
We already have the tech to send someone across the pond in about 10 minutes, but they'd be a mass of pink goo when they arrived. Flinging highly trained and conditioned fighter pilots thru the air at several times the speed of sound is one thing, but you simply can't stuff grandma into a ballistic missile, subject her to 2-3 figure g-force, and still expect to be in business the next day. The whole concept is just a sci-fi pipe-dream that writers trot out every few years to sell newspapers and magazines.

In all honestly, nobody would give a shiat about how long it took to get somewhere if they'd get rid of the unions and enforce some reasonable age, weight, and surly-attitude limits on the sky waitresses, combined with a separate soundproof compartment to hold children, drunks, and general assholes. Hell, if I was getting steak and blowjobs from supermodels the whole trip, I wouldn't care if it took a week to go a hundred miles.
 
2012-10-14 07:25:09 PM  

soundguy: Hell, if I was getting steak and blowjobs from supermodels the whole trip, I wouldn't care if it took a week to go a hundred miles.


In my case, a whole year to travel 12 yards.
 
2012-10-14 07:33:32 PM  

soundguy: We already have the tech to send someone across the pond in about 10 minutes, but they'd be a mass of pink goo when they arrived. Flinging highly trained and conditioned fighter pilots thru the air at several times the speed of sound is one thing, but you simply can't stuff grandma into a ballistic missile, subject her to 2-3 figure g-force, and still expect to be in business the next day. The whole concept is just a sci-fi pipe-dream that writers trot out every few years to sell newspapers and magazines.

In all honestly, nobody would give a shiat about how long it took to get somewhere if they'd get rid of the unions and enforce some reasonable age, weight, and surly-attitude limits on the sky waitresses, combined with a separate soundproof compartment to hold children, drunks, and general assholes. Hell, if I was getting steak and blowjobs from supermodels the whole trip, I wouldn't care if it took a week to go a hundred miles.


I don't know what you're selling, but I'll take a dozen.
 
2012-10-14 07:41:12 PM  
This can get you from NY to Afghanistan in a few minutes...

www.lonelyreviewer.com
 
2012-10-14 07:45:09 PM  

soundguy: We already have the tech to send someone across the pond in about 10 minutes, but they'd be a mass of pink goo when they arrived. Flinging highly trained and conditioned fighter pilots thru the air at several times the speed of sound is one thing, but you simply can't stuff grandma into a ballistic missile, subject her to 2-3 figure g-force, and still expect to be in business the next day. The whole concept is just a sci-fi pipe-dream that writers trot out every few years to sell newspapers and magazines.

In all honestly, nobody would give a shiat about how long it took to get somewhere if they'd get rid of the unions and enforce some reasonable age, weight, and surly-attitude limits on the sky waitresses, combined with a separate soundproof compartment to hold children, drunks, and general assholes. Hell, if I was getting steak and blowjobs from supermodels the whole trip, I wouldn't care if it took a week to go a hundred miles.


Vacuum much?
 
2012-10-14 07:47:31 PM  

soundguy: In all honestly, nobody would give a shiat about how long it took to get somewhere if they'd get rid of the unions and enforce some reasonable age, weight, and surly-attitude limits on the sky waitresses


You've flown Air Canada?
 
2012-10-14 08:02:11 PM  
When I'm flying around in my car, I don't want to have to deal with these big fast hypersonic planes.
 
2012-10-14 08:16:18 PM  

Mr. Lepage: What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free


90 minutes from New York to Paris.
 
2012-10-14 08:30:28 PM  
I've done New York to London in 3 1/2 hours on the Concorde, a little cramped and warm, but better than overnight runs in first class sleeper seats. And sleeper seats are like ten times better than 8 hours in economy. Yech.
 
2012-10-14 08:35:32 PM  
static.euronews.com

Planes? Where we're going, we don't need planes.
 
2012-10-14 09:17:08 PM  
...and yet it will still take an hour to drive 30 blocks on a Sunday in Manhattan
 
2012-10-14 09:25:34 PM  

SithLord: And it will cost $40,000 per seat or more and in this troubled economy no one will fly it dooming it from the start.

Let's not repeat the lesson learned from the Concorde.


dingdingding! the Concorde: we don't use it anymore.
 
2012-10-14 09:25:59 PM  
Ludicrous drive.
 
2012-10-14 09:31:00 PM  
what a horribly-written article
 
2012-10-14 09:45:36 PM  
Hey, check out the balls on that guy.


i280.photobucket.com

Not him, the new guy. Sheesh.
 
2012-10-14 09:45:42 PM  
Gyrfalcon

How much faster do you need to get there???

26 minutes
 
2012-10-14 09:45:53 PM  

belhade: This can get you from NY to Afghanistan in a few minutes...

[www.lonelyreviewer.com image 450x300]


LA to Afghanistan
 
2012-10-14 10:14:56 PM  
A three hour flight on Concorde was short enough; there's no need to go for hypersonic flight quite yet. There were other advantages, like turning up in an empty Heathrow because you'd beaten all the morning flights across the Atlantic.
Why did Concorde fail? Politics. Some dirty tricks from Boeing and their friends in Washington. By now, we should be on Concorde iteration 3 or 4, with improved engines and airframe, at First or even Business Class prices, with the new hypersonic liners aimed at the old Concorde market.
I flew on Concorde back in the nineties. Great way to travel.
 
2012-10-14 10:30:19 PM  

chaddsfarkprefect: How much actual time would we save "gate-to gate?"


You'd still have to dial all the chevrons correctly. What are we talking about again?
 
2012-10-14 11:02:28 PM  

Tillmaster: Why did Concorde fail? Politics. Some dirty tricks from Boeing and their friends in Washington.


Dude, I put almost nothing beneath Boeing (and, to be fair, the only thing I put beneath my own company is being as good as manipulating the system as Boeing) but, no way in hell. The SST was killed int he US but Boeing has not so much sway in Europe, who did it, realized it was prohibitely expensive, and didn't try again. And Europe would have loved to have continued their one-up on the USA if it was even a pipe dream for it to be commerically solvent.
 
2012-10-14 11:30:13 PM  
The Concord failed because not enough people were willing to pay the much higher cost for the quicker flight. I predict this plane will have the same problem.
 
2012-10-14 11:44:13 PM  

aerojockey: Dude, I put almost nothing beneath Boeing (and, to be fair, the only thing I put beneath my own company is being as good as manipulating the system as Boeing) but, no way in hell. The SST was killed int he US but Boeing has not so much sway in Europe, who did it, realized it was prohibitely expensive, and didn't try again. And Europe would have loved to have continued their one-up on the USA if it was even a pipe dream for it to be commerically solvent.


Boeing helped kill the LAX->anywhere flights which were required to make it work finically and even then it probably wouldn't have broke even.
 
2012-10-15 12:12:29 AM  

werty789: The Concord failed because not enough people were willing to pay the much higher cost for the quicker flight. I predict this plane will have the same problem.


I thought that the aircraft were becoming to expensive to maintain.
 
2012-10-15 12:39:36 AM  

Harry_Seldon: werty789: The Concord failed because not enough people were willing to pay the much higher cost for the quicker flight. I predict this plane will have the same problem.

I thought that the aircraft were becoming to expensive to maintain.


That too...
And the fuel. And the only routes they could fly were mostly coastal cities to costal cities.
A concord cost about $650,000 to fill up at todays prices -- for a plane that only holds 100 passengers. A typical flight cost is about 1/3 fuel, 1/3 aircraft and 1/3 just running the airline. At the costs of the flight, it starts to get in the realm of private what a private jet costs.
 
2012-10-15 12:44:50 AM  
i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-15 01:00:14 AM  

moothemagiccow: belhade: This can get you from NY to Afghanistan in a few minutes...

[www.lonelyreviewer.com image 450x300]

LA to Afghanistan


Yeah, my bad, I forgot that was set in LA.
 
2012-10-15 03:35:15 AM  

werty789: The Concord failed because not enough people were willing to pay the much higher cost for the quicker flight. I predict this plane will have the same problem.


www.concordesst.com

Also, rich people don't like to die horribly. Then 9/11 happened, which as we know did no favors to the airline industry.
 
2012-10-15 07:52:55 AM  

bbfreak: werty789: The Concord failed because not enough people were willing to pay the much higher cost for the quicker flight. I predict this plane will have the same problem.

[www.concordesst.com image 450x290]

Also, rich people don't like to die horribly. Then 9/11 happened, which as we know did no favors to the airline industry.


Yup. The concorde failed because the French blew it up, and despite the fact that it was the first major disaster for this class of aircraft compared to most other classes of boeing, airbus, cessna etc that have had numerous major disasters, nobody wanted to fly on them again for being unsafe. Because of the French. Probably left frog legs in the engine or somethin'.

/probably
 
2012-10-15 09:03:58 AM  
It's a pulse engine. I've made a crude one before in a buddy's garage in college. Theirs... pretty spiffy.

The problem really is that while yes, they CAN get the craft to go 6100 mph, the size of it must remain small to prevent the sheer drag from ripping the paneling off. Which is to say, commuter planes? Not quite there yet.
 
2012-10-15 12:26:04 PM  
Pfttt, make something that flys interplanetary then I'll be interested.
 
2012-10-15 09:40:44 PM  

soundguy: We already have the tech to send someone across the pond in about 10 minutes, but they'd be a mass of pink goo when they arrived. Flinging highly trained and conditioned fighter pilots thru the air at several times the speed of sound is one thing, but you simply can't stuff grandma into a ballistic missile, subject her to 2-3 figure g-force, and still expect to be in business the next day. The whole concept is just a sci-fi pipe-dream that writers trot out every few years to sell newspapers and magazines.

In all honestly, nobody would give a shiat about how long it took to get somewhere if they'd get rid of the unions and enforce some reasonable age, weight, and surly-attitude limits on the sky waitresses, combined with a separate soundproof compartment to hold children, drunks, and general assholes. Hell, if I was getting steak and blowjobs from supermodels the whole trip, I wouldn't care if it took a week to go a hundred miles.


While we would like to offer supermodels for our cross country flights, they are simply too expensive. So what we have done is install a series of glory holes...
 
2012-10-16 08:45:01 AM  

yeomanfarmer: soundguy: We already have the tech to send someone across the pond in about 10 minutes, but they'd be a mass of pink goo when they arrived. Flinging highly trained and conditioned fighter pilots thru the air at several times the speed of sound is one thing, but you simply can't stuff grandma into a ballistic missile, subject her to 2-3 figure g-force, and still expect to be in business the next day. The whole concept is just a sci-fi pipe-dream that writers trot out every few years to sell newspapers and magazines.

In all honestly, nobody would give a shiat about how long it took to get somewhere if they'd get rid of the unions and enforce some reasonable age, weight, and surly-attitude limits on the sky waitresses, combined with a separate soundproof compartment to hold children, drunks, and general assholes. Hell, if I was getting steak and blowjobs from supermodels the whole trip, I wouldn't care if it took a week to go a hundred miles.

While we would like to offer supermodels for our cross country flights, they are simply too expensive. So what we have done is install a series of glory holes...


First class patrons actually get females behind the glory holes.
 
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