Recent breakthroughs in scramjet engines could mean two-hour flights from New York to Tokyo.
And it looks like a Dan Dare Spaceship:
Cool. Well, not really. It has to work inside a fire, which is what happens when something travels at Mach 6, and they test it by firing a big blowtorch at it to simulate this.
I love this from one of DT’s commenters, even if it is off the transport topic:
I notice Ted Taylor gets a mention. He worked on the early atmospheric tests in Nevada and famously used a parabolic mirror to focus the glare of a 14 kiloton explosion and light his cigarette. Which, I guess, makes him a real hombre and the coolest guy on Earth.
I suppose people playing with fire have to be ultra-cool, so it doesn’t set fire to them.