Those looking for a vacation in Australia from the United States or the United Kingdom may soon no longer need a day to recover from jet lag. One day soon you may be able to book a flight from London to Sydney that takes only two hours.
Just make sure you’re prepared for an out-of-this-world view and a little bit of “time travel” or maybe “teleport.”
The Daily Mail writes, “The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is funding medical studies into the effects of suborbital space flights, in which travellers could be thrown into space for a short time period before descending to their destination much quicker than via airplane.”
Regulators have predicted they will soon “accessible to anybody.'”
The CAA, which oversees and regulates aviation safety, recently began performing medical studies to look “into the effects of suborbital space flights, which would see passengers briefly sent into space before descending to land at their destination, according to reporting from The Independent.
This method of travel would mean journeys last only a fraction of the time taken by the current methods of aviation.
The CAA study, conducted with King’s College London and facilitated by the RAF, found that the majority of people handled the G-forces of suborbital space flights well. It’s not just for younger passengers, with older travellers potentially better at handling the journey, according to the research.
Dr Ryan Anderton, the CAA’s medical lead for flight, said that “physiological responses are likely to be benign for most passengers” but older people usually have slightly “stiffer arteries” which could lessen the pooling of blood away from the brain.
Suborbital flights are currently available in limited capacity, but it will cost you a pretty penny. Current flights cost around $350,000, but the views are spectacular. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic filmed one of their test flights a few years ago.
So, what do you say? Meet in Sydney by dinner?