Would you like to fly in my EU-tiful balloon?
The Guardian describes EU efforts to leapfrog the current conception of an airliner and create a radically different mode of transport.
The artist's impression looks like something out of a science fiction film. But a hypersonic passenger plane that could fly to Australia from northern Europe in less than five hours has been designed in Britain. With funding from the European Space Agency, a team of engineers and scientists has come up with the A2, a plane they believe could carry 300 passengers at a top speed of more than 3,000mph.
It's amazing how easily environmental scruples fall away when opportunity knocks. Are people who fly overseas for recreation climate criminals? You decide.
"It sounds incredible by today's standards but I don't see why future generations can't make day trips to Australasia."
Reaction Engines estimates that the cost of the flight would be similar to a current first class fare. Moreover, the company claims, the plane would not leave much of a carbon footprint.