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Old 08-26-2011, 11:57 PM
 
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They might have lost it but each flight gets longer and longer and more controlled.

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Old 08-28-2011, 11:33 PM
 
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It is only a matter of time before hypersonic airplanes carry freight or passengers to their destinations overseas. I think most people would rather spend 1.5 hours to go from LA to Sydney versus the 18 hours it takes currently.

The real rub will be whether space-based ferries going to low earth orbit then re-entering will do it first, and if so, where does that leave this technology? Purely in the weapons realm?
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:07 AM
 
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I'm afraid though that for this to become a commercial reality, we must first conquer the concept of gravity or train "passengers" at NASA facilities to deal with the g's.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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I'm afraid though that for this to become a commercial reality, we must first conquer the concept of gravity or train "passengers" at NASA facilities to deal with the g's.
Inertial dampening. Gene Roddenberry figured it out a long time ago. Now NASA just has to figure out how to make it happen.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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Inertial dampening. Gene Roddenberry figured it out a long time ago. Now NASA just has to figure out how to make it happen.
And for that we need more Science... translating theories to real world.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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And for that we need more Science... translating theories to real world.
I agree. Science is good.
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:10 PM
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That's pretty cool. I've watched the ISS cross the sky over my neighborhood and it takes about 5 minutes to go from horizon to horizon. It looked like that vehicle could go from horizon to horizon in about a minute.
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