Targowski From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 8486 times:
hopefully we will have the ability to travel in space at very high rates of speed (faster than possible now but not "near light speed" as the limit is defined by hawking) and possibly regularly use schedule spacecraft flight travel to colonies on the moon and mars and space stations.
it would still be expensive but since the technology will be needed to develop an eventual evacuation of earth due to finite resources and ecology sometime in the next 250 years, some of this technology will trickle down to consumer travel by then. (i hope).
for shorter distances, we may have some form of sonic flight, probably using nuclear power. i'm not sure that we have the natural resources to continue using fossil fuels.
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I'd like to think by 2100 commercial space flight will be a regular occurance for transportation. With NASA wanting a permanent moon base in the next 20 years I hope in 100 the general public will be flying around the world via outer space. Not sure if it's feasable, but it is a good dream.
Realistically our planes will probably simply get more efficient for the next 20-40 years and still look rather the same as they do now. Pressurized tube with wings. Perhaps after that time frame technology will allow us to increase the cruise speed to something supersonic or our natural resources will force us to find new power sources or both. Perhaps by 2050 some more radical designs and changes will be feasable. I hope.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12094 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 8403 times:
Well with estimates that our oil reserves will be expended within 50 years and that gas will follow shortly after, I don't think we'll be flying in conventional jets for much longer.
This does raise the possibility that in just 20 or so years, airlines will be demanding alternatives to kerosene/ oil based jet power, otherwise the aircraft would be effectively be running on borrowed time until the fuel runs out.
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AY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 510 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 8321 times:
Most of us ("we") will be dead by then, and probably society as we know it will have totally destroyed itself. Those who survive will be on the moon or one of the other planets, and start to destroy those too. Just think of all the waste that "we" have put into space already.
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