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(NPR)   LA to NYC in 46 minutes? Welcome to the future of hypersonic flying   ( npr.org) divider line
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2012-08-13 02:43:05 PM  
5 votes:
This will never happen for a few reasons....

1) The actual time of the flight is a small portion of the travel time door to door. It may take you 10 hours door to door to do a 4 hour flight. Cut that down to 1 hour and you've only shaved 30% off your travel time.

2) Cost. People have shown that they'll make more to get less, not pay more to get more. Air travel is headed towards being a bus in the sky rather than the other direction.

3) Noise. People already complain about the super quiet airliners we have today. They'd never let something like this fly, especially with the sonic booms associated.

4) Pollution. Same as noise. This thing is going to dump huge amounts of bad stuff into the upper atmosphere.

5) Time value. When the Concorde was created, the idea was that people who valued their time could save it by spending more on a fast plane ticket. That is rapidly changing today with the ability of people to communicate remotely (video/teleconferencing/email/etc). In addition, planes are getting WiFi. Time in flight is no longer "dead time" to a businessman. He can work there just like he would in the office... he's not losing out on that time as much and therefore the cost isn't worth it.

If it does happen, it'll be a small business jet with a small production run for those without anything else to do with their money. Normal people like you and I will never benefit from something like this.
2012-08-13 01:28:30 PM  
5 votes:
"Imagine being able to fly from Los Angeles to New York City in less time than it takes to commute from most of Long Island into Manhattan."

What are: paragraphs that have opened Popular Science articles for 75 years?
2012-08-13 03:45:08 PM  
2 votes:
Imagine a world where it is so easy to trick people, that all you have to do is talk about flying really fast from one major city to another, and all the sudden, everyone forgets what this thing is supposed to be.

It's a farking missile you morons. It's never going to carry passengers, it was never designed for passengers. Besides, you wouldn't survive the acceleration anyway, so I'm not sure why you want to take a ride.

This thing isn't a test bed for a new hyper fast people carrier. It's a test bed for the next generation of ICBMs.
2012-08-13 02:46:03 PM  
2 votes:
FTA: "it will accelerate to about 3,600 mph"

The X-15 was doing 4,000+ mph 50 years ago, and we still don't have airlines anywhere near that speed. I don't think this is going to do much for commercial air travel. Cool, though.
2012-08-13 12:16:32 PM  
2 votes:
Meh.. Let me know when it's 90 minutes from New York to Paris, and everyone gets Spandex jackets.
2012-08-13 03:49:09 PM  
1 vote:

EatHam: You won't make it through security in 46 minutes.

I do.

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2012-08-13 03:22:38 PM  
1 vote:
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Can't wait.
2012-08-13 03:22:29 PM  
1 vote:
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Still waiting.
2012-08-13 03:09:46 PM  
1 vote:
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Would you like the chicken or the fish?
2012-08-13 03:04:10 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-08-13 02:57:27 PM  
1 vote:
How fast can it do the Kessel run?
2012-08-13 02:45:32 PM  
1 vote:
Sounds familiar....

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Oh yeah.
2012-08-13 02:43:19 PM  
1 vote:
Imagine a world where energy costs are low enough that supersonic flight is economically viable.

/First we have to eliminate 60% of energy users.
2012-08-13 12:55:43 PM  
1 vote:
"After about 300 seconds, the test craft is supposed to break up and fall into the ocean."

2012-08-13 12:39:55 PM  
1 vote:
You won't make it through security in 46 minutes.
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