Turn Your 10-Hour Flight Into 2
You’re the head of engineering for a company that produces tobacco. And your headquarters are in New York.
You’ve been tasked with overseeing a new plant that’s springing up in Istanbul, Turkey.
And they’ve just recently hit a snag that’s brought all construction to a grinding halt.
Without being there in person, it’s impossible to tell what’s exactly wrong, so you make plans to head over there.
But while you usually would need a full two days to get there and back…
You leave at 5 a.m. and get there just two hours later.
The fix is simple enough to see with a trained eye. You get the job done, construction resumes and you take a flight back to New York that takes, again, two hours.
Sounds like it’s out of science fiction, right?
But recent developments in the tech world could soon make this scenario a reality.
Space to Cut Travel by 80%
You may have recently heard about Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) — the company with dreams of space tourism.
Already hundreds of people have prepaid $250,000 for a suborbital thrill ride that will take them to the outskirts of the atmosphere and back.
The company has already tested sending five people into space. And has plans to send their founder, Richard Branson, by the end of the year.
But recently, they’ve expanded their horizons.
While space tourism is a nice start, the company sees new potential with their product in travel and shipping.
You see, suborbital space travel allows a vessel to go much faster than a normal airplane because of the lack of friction from atmospheric particles.
For comparison’s sake, while a normal airplane reaches speeds of around 500 mph, Virgin Galactic’s aircraft would reach speeds of nearly 2,500 mph.
Virgin Galactic recently penned a partnership with NASA to deliver a superfast point-to-point flight. And to help the U.S. deliver “high-Mach vehicles for potential civil applications.”
The implications are astounding.
There’s a whole multitude of reasons people would need to take a flight across the world every day.
Be it for business or even leisure.
But it doesn’t stop at just people.
Commercial goods delivered at a fourth of the time could change the world as we know it.
A Service for the Elite?
There are some obvious benefits to it, but it may seem that the everyday person will never get to benefit from this new innovation.
That’s the amazing thing about technology.
It comes in phases, becoming cheaper and more normalized.
And because of this, I predict that suborbital flights may become more common than you think.
Let’s take for example airplanes.
A commercial airplane flight in 1934 cost around $7,000 in today’s money. But what you must know is that was a quarter of an average person’s yearly salary. And many were unemployed, as this was during the Great Depression.
Airplanes were for the rich. That’s to say the least.
Furthermore, they were wildly inefficient and primitive.
Using the bathroom for instance was seen as emergency only as a plane would sometimes drop hundreds of feet without notice. Furthermore, air sickness was common because air-pressured cabins didn’t become regular use until well into the 1940s.
Just as much, it took 25 hours to fly from New York to Los Angeles — with multiple planes and over a dozen stops.
There’s a lot of hope that modern technology can turn space travel into a more normalized form of transportation.
And if we look at the past decade we can see huge steps forward in the right direction.
Just 10 years ago, SpaceX became the first company to build a commercially built spacecraft to be recovered successfully from orbit.
Nowadays we have satellites that promise global internet, space travel as the norm and plans to colonize other planets.
So much is happening so quickly. And the future looks good.
To a bright future,