Re: tech: optimists and pessimists

Michael Lorrey (
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 14:04:00 -0400

Anton Sherwood wrote:
> Mike Lorrey points out
> : [...] The
> : Voyager and Galileo probes have acheived speeds over 100,000 mph. [...]
> How that's relevant to air travel, I have no idea.
> I don't want to spend years accelerating on my way to Rome.

Ah, true, but I thought you were referring to top speed acheived, not
airspeed. As for airspeed, there really isn't any point going above Mach
3-6 unless you are either going into orbit or a ballistic trajectory,
and impossible to go over orbital velocity (Mach 25) unless you plan on
going into space. Given that aerospace planes are in the near future
(5-15 years), this will give us 45 minute flight times to any point on
earth, which will be the practical limit until someone invents
teleportation, if they can. I think that these two reference points keep
us on the curve, don't you?

			Michael Lorrey
------------------------------------------------------------		Inventor of the Lorrey Drive

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