Originally posted by zeeblebot
i don't see it happening anytime soon except possibly for missiles, and even that's a stretch.
this is likely to be a weaponized technology in the short term -- cruise missiles might have unlimited range and could be flown by remote control, arriving on target much sooner than present rocket motors.
However, the long term potential is for hypersonic passenger aircraft, although hypersonic military transports will be the first to be developed, probably.
The other end of the spectrum is also moving ahead -- a trilobe airship that can serve as a long term recon platform is in prototype testing by Lockheed.
I'd like the 6-seat model with the large cargo bay and a dog run, please.
I can't think of a better RV than an airship that can land anywhere without a ground crew, etc.