11 We’ll Soon All Be Travelling Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
In this episode, our hosts discuss the evolution of technology that allows people to travel at velocities that are nearly unfathomable. Cars that can travel up to 1200km per hour and planes that can take you from one point on earth to another at velocities that surpass the speed of bullets being discharged from a gun.
In 1997, the fastest land speed vehicle rolled at over 763mph (1,227kph). Incredibly, less than 20 years later, a human fell from 135,000’ feet at over 800mph (1,287.5kph). Most impressive is that astronauts returning from the moon back in 1969 hit a peak travelling speed of 24,790mph (39,897kph)! Just how fast can we go?
Speed And The Military
Bullets travel at about twice the speed of sound, but the US military is rumored to be developing a jet that could almost match current off-planet speed records. These hypersonic jets are projected to travel at 5x the speed of sound.
Step Aside Bullet Train, Here Comes The Hyperloop
Within a year or two, these autonomous, magnetically-levitating people pods will travel through tunnels at speeds of over 621.3mph/1,000kph. At that speed, people will eventually be able to travel between any Gulf city in less than an hour.
Overcoming Evolution As We Race To The Stars
Although rapid acceleration and deceleration can be lethal to humans, in theory, (as long as the speed is relatively constant and in one direction) humans should be able to travel at near light speeds. As we develop new understandings and capabilities, will we genetically modify our species to adapt to the rigors of life off planet?
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