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Sub-Orbital Planes May Cut U.K.-Sydney Flights to Two Hours

Posted November 25, 2008 by BookingBuddy

Virgingalacticwhiteknight2 Your healthy summer tan is fading to  a pallid grey, and the pound is much stronger than the Australian dollar, so, what’s the one thing that’s holding you back from hopping on a plane to Sydney and lying on Bondi Beach? Well, it’s probably the fact that the journey there and back isn’t so much a hop as an odyssey. Even in these days of speedy travel, it can sometimes take up to two days to get Down Under. What’s the point of a break if it takes you the better part of a week to get back and forth, and makes you even more tired than before you left?

If you can hold off going on that holiday for several years, you might be able to take a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Sydney in a couple of hours instead of a couple of days. Those brainiacs at the International Space University in Strasbourg are working on sub-orbital point to point travel (SPTP)—travelling through space to get from one side of the globe to the other.

SPTP is being seen as the equivalent of taking a trip on the Concorde. It is likely that this sort of travel will be aimed at the same sort of people who have paid over £100 000 to go into space with Virgin Atlantic's sister company, Virgin Galactic.

So, if you don’t have that much money just floating around, best start saving your pennies now, as it's predicted that SPTP will come into use as early as 2015. If you don’t see yourself having that much cash to spend on travel to Sydney for a short break, well, maybe it’s time you resigned yourself to sitting in a cramped economy-class seat for 18 hours. Until teleportation actually becomes reality, it looks like that’s the only way most of us will be travelling.

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Nice article Joyce, however I would like to know how to score these 18 hour flights you speak of to Oz!? Try 36 hrs flying royal brunei with 2 stopovers and a smoking engine to boot...

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 05:43 AM by Nick

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