From London to Sydney in two hours

July 9, 2014, 2:00 pm Nicole Goodkind, Yahoo Finance Yahoo7 Finance

How billionaires are revolutionising flying.

Many companies are already approved for sub-orbital space travel.

Picture this: you wake up in London, grab a cup of coffee and hop on a plane. By the time you finish breakfast you’re in Sydney - in time for lunch.

According to a paper released by British consulting firm Knight Frank, which specialises in trends for “ultra-high net worth individuals,” sub-orbital commuter flights traveling at about 6,440 kilometres per hour (today's planes go around 800 kilometres per hour), will be ready for the public by 2020.

The key is getting companies that are already approved for sub-orbital space travel (like Virgin Galactic) to stop planning trips straight into the thermosphere and back down and instead to start traveling around the globe.

Virgin Galactic’s founder Richard Branson has already indicated that he’s looking into this. He imagines a “future version of the current spaceship which will make transcontinental travel clean and fast — London to Sydney in a couple of hours.”

The flights are estimated to cost anywhere between $90,000 and $250,000 a pop making them accessible to only the top 0.01 per cent. Call it billionaire-exclusive technology.

Yahoo Finance tech reporter Aaron Pressman also has some qualms with the technology itself. “These [jets] can only take off and land in very special places like the spaceport that’s in New Mexico,” he says.

“That’s not going to help the 0.1% get from New York to London or Australia. So it’s going to take a while before these rockets become more like normal airplanes that can land at normal airports.”

Still, if proper infrastructure is built large-scale sub-orbital operations could become a reality and prices could become affordable, says Pressman, but not for a long time. “Maybe our grandchildren will experience it,” he says.

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  1. Neil10:16pm Thursday 02nd October 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Its proble but the main strip at Badgeries has to be 10 miles long both ways. I just think we wil have to wait for the other half to be built 12,000 miles away to receive that first flight. Have a good and stop being so pesimestic. Neil

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  2. Noel12:33am Wednesday 01st October 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    It will take some time to get fitted into your own tailor made space suit let alone the time the induction course will take. 2 hours flying time plus the rest.

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  3. Lucky04:13pm Wednesday 03rd September 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    And they will invent donkey travel for poor again .... London -Sydney in just 2 years

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  4. Tim10:43am Thursday 10th July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Dumbass writer If you wake up in London, and get on a morning flight, Sydney is already 10 hours ahead. That means you will, by virtue of travel time and timezone, arrive 12 hours from the time you left and you won't be there for lunch. If you are lucky and get out on time ( yeah right ) at 10:00 AM - it will be midnight in Sydney when you land. t

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  5. Nicholas10:04am Thursday 10th July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    What a load of #$%$! Billionaires are the stingiest people that there are. Most of them probably cut their own hair instead of paying somebody. More than likely they are (with the help of these yahoo news/ads) trying to find everyday suckers to finance these stupid ventures. Anybody remember what happened to Concord? Went bankrupt because rich people a cheap!

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  6. Helen Kier09:24am Thursday 10th July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    I hope Bieber goes into space and doesn't return.

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  7. shine08:52am Thursday 10th July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    This article was a few minutes I'll never get back...yawn...wake me up when they are Really flying this fast!

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  8. 08:13am Thursday 10th July 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    I can not wait to see Richard and his crew fall into space, go get em tiger.

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