The UK Space Agency announced its plans for a “space plane” capable of carrying passengers from New York to London in just one hour.
That speed would allow passengers to travel from the UK to Australia in as little as four hours. (A direct route is still in the making and will likely take about 20 hours.)
The team is already testing the engine on the ground and hopes to have a space plane in the air for test flights by the mid-2020s. If the project remains on track, commercial flights could begin in the 2030s.