Is it strange that, for the first time in history, civilian travel is going slower?

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Is it strange that, for the first time in history, civilian travel is going slower?

Bignuf Bignuf
Just a few years ago civilians could buy an SST ticket and cross the Atlantic at faster then the speed of sound. Today, no airlines fly any faster then a fraction of that. It strikes me as strange. What do you think?
12/22/2012
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gsfanatic gsfanatic
The main things that killed SST were the costs and the challenges of find a place to fly over countries where you could go that fast without getting people up in arms about the noise. We'll see, it's possible that as tech improves, it'll be more cost effective and quieter to go that fast again
12/22/2012
Bethy Cassatt Bethy Cassatt
Tech is approving now so rapidly as to make that a thing again. New engine designs, traveling into the upper atmosphere, etc. I think we'll travel faster again very soon
12/22/2012
FantasyFanatic FantasyFanatic
I think it's due to the fact that technology development has become more focused on efficiency than anything else. SST may have been fast, but were they fuel efficient? Cost efficient? High safety rating? Affordable for the populous majority? All of these things and a long list of others are the primary focus of new tech.
"It gets you there faster" just isn't a good selling point anymore. Products that put being cool and trendy (or in this case, fast) over being efficient don't sell as well as they did in the 80's-90's, because "cool and trendy" might as well be replaced with "$$$ EXPENSIVE $$$".
It just doesn't work with the state of our economy. People are also becoming more market savvy, and more aware of what one thing or another is ACTUALLY worth, compared to the price tag.
12/22/2012
FantasyFanatic FantasyFanatic
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Originally posted by FantasyFanatic
I think it's due to the fact that technology development has become more focused on efficiency than anything else. SST may have been fast, but were they fuel efficient? Cost efficient? High safety rating? Affordable for the populous majority? All ...
Correction... *People are more market savvy... Except for the rabid Apple fans that rush out to get the barely updated, but shiny new iPhone every year :3
12/22/2012
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