Virgin Galactic to Replace the Concorde – Look Back @ Award Rates

Will Virgin Galactic be the new modern and faster Concorde? TechCrunch has the details explaining the speed-wise beating the Concorde is in for.

There’s also opportunity in world travel, once economies of scale come into play and the cost of running these flights goes down. That means something like the Concorde could arise from Virgin Galactic, but one that takes the concept of flying high in the atmosphere to take advantage of lower air resistance to its natural conclusion. A passenger liner based on the Virgin Galactic model of manned spaceflight would allow aircraft to leave earth’s atmosphere, which makes travel far more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and far, far faster. Travel time from London to Sydney, for
instance, would take around two or two-and-a-half hours.

Check out the full article here.

Anyone remember the award rates for Concorde redemptions? They were available using AA, CO, DL, US, MR, and SPG points. Check out this post for a stroll down memory lane.

THE SPACESHIP<br />
COMPANY unveils its new and first final assembly facility. The<br />
hangar known as FAITH- (Final Assemmbly Integration Test Hangar).<br />
In the foreground is the mated pair, WhiteKnnight Two and SpaceShip<br />
Two.

Comments

  1. I never got to experience the Concorde either, sadly. Hopefully I’ll one day make it onto Virgin Galactic, and similar services. Though it’s still in its infancy, I believe commercial space and near-space flights will really pick up steam in the next 20 years. For the layperson this may be a more exciting time for space travel than the “space race” days!

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