Tag: air travel

Concorde Comeback? Two New Jets Plan to Take Air Passengers Supersonic Again




Concorde Comeback? Two New Jets Plan to Take Air Passengers Supersonic Again
Lockheed Martin and NASA’s N+2 jet could cut cross-country flight times in half. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)



Excerpt from yahoo.com

Lockheed Martin and NASA’s N+2 jet could cut cross-country flight times in half. New York to Los Angeles in just over two hours? Passenger jets that fly faster than the speed of sound without that annoying sonic boom?  


That could become reality thanks to two projects that aim to bring supersonic planes back to commercial air travel.  Lockheed Martin is working with NASA on a design called the N+2, an 80-passenger jet capable of cruising at Mach 1.7 (1.7 times the speed of sound). 

But what about that loud sonic boom you get when an airplane exceeds the sound barrier? Lockheed Martin and NASA are working hard to lower the boom, so to speak. They say their proposed new jet will be 100 times quieter than the Concorde, the supersonic passenger jets that flew transatlantic routes from 1969 until they were grounded in 2003.

image
The supersonic Concorde flew from 1969 to 2003. (Photo: AP)


A quieter jet would allow the N+2 to fly at supersonic speeds on cross-country routes as the FAA, concerned about sonic booms going off over sleepy U.S. suburbs, currently bans civilian planes from going all “Danger Zone” in American airspace. Lockheed Martin says their new jet would cut cross-country flight times in half.  Related: Race for the First Windowless Plane Heats Up  A rival supersonic jet development project is underway in Reno, Nevada, where European aircraft maker Airbus is working with American firm Aerion on a new, fuel-efficient plane for business clients. The 12-passenger Aerion AS2 will fly at 1,217 mph (which is almost as fast as the Concorde, which flew at 1,350 mph). That would take you from New York to London in three hours and from Los Angeles to Tokyo in six.  

Since the AS2 would do most of its flying over oceans, its designers aren’t as concerned with loud sonic booms. The AS2’s big innovation is fuel efficiency, with new wings that are said to reduce drag by 20 percent.  The makers of the AS2 plan to deliver their first plane in 2022 while Lockheed Martin hopes to have the N+2 flying in 2025.  

View Article Here   Read More

California breaks ground on bullet train project despite opposition, as price tag soars





Excerpt from foxnews.com

Despite cost overruns, lawsuits, public opposition and a projected completion date 13 years behind schedule, California Gov. Jerry Brown broke ground Tuesday on what is to become the most expensive public works project in U.S. history: the California bullet train. 

Over the next 1,000 days, California is estimated to spend roughly $4 million a day on the project. 

The high-speed train, set to be finished in 2033, originally was supposed to deliver passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes. That was the promise when voters narrowly approved $10 billion in bonds for the project in 2008. Since then, however, the estimated trip time has grown considerably, and the train has encountered persistent problems -- as experts uncovered misrepresentations in the ballot proposition, and opponents sued to stop the project on environmental and fiscal grounds. 

"We're talking about real money here," said Kris Vosburgh, executive director of taxpayer watchdog group Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. "This is money that's not available for health care or education, for public safety, or put back in taxpayers' pockets so they have something to spend. This is money being drawn out of the system for a program that is going to serve very few people." 

Much about the project has changed since it was sold to the public. 
Voters were told the project would cost just $33 billion. Once experts crunched the numbers, however, the price tag soared to $98 billion. It was supposed to whoosh riders from Southern California to the Bay Area in less than three hours, but now it’s more than four hours due to changing track configurations and route adjustments. The train was supposed to get people off the freeway and reduce carbon emissions, but a panel of experts now says any carbon savings will be nominal. (A drive by car takes just over 6 hours. Ed.) 

Further, ridership projections have been cut by two-thirds from a projected 90 million to 30 million a year. Fewer riders means higher prices. According to a panel of transportation experts hired by the Reason Foundation, Citizens Against Government Waste and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, tickets will exceed $80 -- not $50 -- and the system will require annual subsidies of more than $300 million annually. 

"The public has turned sour on this plan but the governor, to paraphrase Admiral Farragut, has taken a position of 'damn the people, full speed ahead'," Vosburgh said. 

Undaunted by critics, Brown broke ground in Fresno on Tuesday on the first 29-mile segment of the train's system. Under Brown's direction, the California High Speed Rail Authority has gone to court to seek an exemption from an environmental quality law the state imposes on other projects but not this one. Brown also convinced the state Legislature to dedicate an annual revenue stream from the state's carbon tax, to help pay for the bullet train. 
"It's a long project, a bold project and one that will transform the Central Valley," Brown said Monday as he began his fourth and final term as governor. 

Once construction begins, supporters say it will be harder to stop the project. Several lawsuits linger, but a bigger question concerns the money: Where will it come from? If every penny committed to the project is added up, the project is still more than $30 billion short. Republicans in Congress are vowing not to commit a dollar more than President Obama approved in 2012. 

"For years now, Governor Brown and the high-speed rail authority have turned the idea of high-speed rail into a public albatross far beyond what Californians envisioned or voted for," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a statement released Tuesday. "Sadly, today's groundbreaking is a political maneuver. Supporters of the railroad in Sacramento can't admit their project is deeply flawed, and they won't give up on it despite the cost. But these political tricks are exactly what the American people are tired of and what the new Republican Congress is committed to ending." 

Supporters don't see waste. They argue the project will reduce freeway gridlock, offer competition to air travel and provide an alternative to trucking freight. 

Environmentalists also have opposed the project, suing and claiming the construction project would harm 11 endangered species and worsen air quality in the already dirty Central Valley. They lost when a federal judge ruled the project did not have to adhere to the state Environmental Quality Act, unlike other projects. Additional legal challenges remain, but supporters believe once the train leaves the station and ground is broken, there's no going back. 

"The legacy of the Brown family is that they have been big thinkers, but also big builders," said Democratic state Assemblyman Henry Perea. "I think this is an opportunity for the legislature to step up, support Governor Brown. "

View Article Here   Read More

Is Air Travel Becoming ‘for Rich People’ Only?

Excerpt from abcnews.go.comEveryone moans about the high price of airline tickets and sometimes they're very high. Like now, when non-stops between New York and Los Angeles in July are running about $600+, whereas May flights could be had for less t...

View Article Here   Read More

You’re flying with NASA and you don’t even know it

Excerpt from cnn.comBy Thom Patterson You know those little "winglets" that point up from the tips of airliner wings? Those were developed by NASA. And, you know those little grooves in runways that channel away standing water?NASA again.America's spac...

View Article Here   Read More

Beauty & Light Amplified: the Venus Transit

{mainvote}

a message from Naeshira, Ashira, The Pleiadians channeled by Meredith Murphy

Monday, 14 May, 2012  (posted 18 May, 2012)

Greetings Dear Ones of Light, 

It is a wonderful time to be here with you now, as the Eart...

View Article Here   Read More

AA Metatron: "The 2012 Express – A Train Is Coming"

{mainvote}

The Requisite Shift to Crysto-Electric Field

Archangel Metatron via James Tyberonn  

Greetings Masters! Indeed! We greet you in joy and encircle each of you in a field of Unconditional Love.

2012 is not an end, r...

View Article Here   Read More

Mysteries of Human Existance on Planet Earth – from James Tyberron Earth-Keeper Newsletter

{mainvote}

 24 August  

Channeler:  James Tyberonn

The True Record of Mankind on Earth

Hidden History of the Human Race   "Humans are a species with amnesia. Your main-stream 'history' is quite bl...

View Article Here   Read More

Ashtar Command & Mikos of the Hollow Earth Take Us to Library in Porthologos in Catharia

{mainvote}

Channeler:  Christine Meleriessee

New Earth Consciousness ~ Circle of Light is a weekly call in which Lightworkers gather together to meet with the Team of Light headed by Lord Adama of Telos as we walk into the New Earth tog...

View Article Here   Read More

Djwhal Khul – Solar Activity and Aura Protection

{mainvote}

Djwhal Khul Spirituality Article Channeled by Rev. Terri Newlon (Complimentary every week)

February 24, 2011

(Channeling begins)

Djwhal Khul here. Tashi delek.

Alright, dear ones. This week I want to talk a little ...

View Article Here   Read More

How to opt out of the TSA’s naked body scanners at the airport

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) I encountered my first airport naked body scanner while flying out of California today, and of course I decided to "opt out" of the scan. You do this by telling the ...

View Article Here   Read More

New Age Freedoms Will Create Chaos

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 12:21 PM PDT Channeled by Brenda Hoffman for Life Tapestry Creations.com.

Dear Ones,

Let us address an issue we have not looked at for some time. Many of you know others who are in pain. Perhaps their rage, and therefore, in...

View Article Here   Read More

Stop Comparing Your New Age Transition to Others

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 12:08 PM PDT

Channeled for Life Tapestry Creations by Brenda Hoffman

Dear Ones,

Much has happened since we have last talked even though most of you do not yet quit understand what has transpired. With ea...

View Article Here   Read More

Sheldan Nidle Sirian Update – May 18

Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation

2 Ben, 16 Moan, 5 Caban

Selamat Jarin! We come with much to talk about! At present, a series of discussions is taking place around your world to finalize the particulars of the dark cabal's relinquishment of power. These panels are also empowered to go into detail concerning what the post-cabal world is to look like. We are acting as mediators and moderators of these myriad discussions, and once they are completed and signed, we will ensure that all is carried out as negotiated. Our liaisons have done a magnificent job of overseeing these meetings. The cabal now understands that it can no longer continue as before, and so its ultimate concern is to find a way out of the dire consequences it faces. The heads of the major families that make up the dark cabal are terrified of what may happen to them, and so, in order to gain the concessions that this planet's peoples so desperately need and want, our Earth allies have leveraged this fear, resulting in a number of agreements that are close to the signing formalities. Once this is done, we will turn over implementation of the contract specifics to the Agarthans.

It is essential that the two human constituents of your globe work together and get to really know each other. This new relationship can form the foundation of the post-landing world as each of you has experience of a different aspect of what constitutes being human. There is also the urgent matter of bringing a true spirituality back to the surface world. The surface realm has been hugely manipulated over the past 13 millennia, first by the Anunnaki and then by their minions. What you feel to be real in your spiritual rituals and practices has been released from within you by your recent awakening. The Agarthans can mentor you and give you a deeper knowing of these many areas of Spirit. Moreover, we will ask them to set up programs designed to introduce you to the functioning of galactic society. For our part, the heart of our mission is, as ever, to get you into full consciousness as soon as possible. Everything else that is going on is merely a lead-in to our actual mass landings and in a sense constitutes only time-consuming diversions that we can put behind us once the above-mentioned agreements are acted upon.

First contact can be described as a series of stages made up of events that permit us to move closer to the landings. The importance of these events is that they make possible the transitional regimes we have often talked about. The coming time is therefore critical. Our liaison teams are fully briefed and have advised all parties concerned what is expected. Our talks with Mother Earth's Spiritual Hierarchies and with your world's major governments helped us to sort out and prioritize the vital elements that can get us closer to first contact. We work within the divine framework given us by Heaven, and the Light is busily altering your reality so that you will be ready to make the big changes when so decreed by the Creator. One of these times is now approaching. Your dark cabal is to be moved out of the way and prevented from further impeding what needs to be done before we land. This can be done in two ways; the preferred one is to quickly complete the many recent agreements we mentioned above.

Another issue under discussion at these meetings is the new economic system and the delivery of the abundance programs. A key element in the US is the "Farm Claims," which form part of the legitimization of the new banking system in America. It is essential to dismantle the illegal Federal Reserve which constitutes the foundation of the present economic system first set up at Dumbarton Oaks in 1944. These Claims kill the entire present system, leaving the way open for a successor. To this end, a number of new proposals were enacted by various economic committees. These regionalize the Dumbarton Oaks system; set up a new range of gold-backed currencies; and re-charter the International Monetary Fund. Once this is made public, the new system will drastically reorder international finance. Charged with global debt forgiveness, it can serve as a transition to a true economy based upon global abundance and consistent universal prosperity. These conditions segue into what we call consciousness economics.

Consciousness economics is a state where money no longer applies, as your living conditions have been raised by zero-point technology to a level beyond dependence on Mother Earth (e.g. farming, fishing, manufacturing, etc.). Here, the basics of survival like water, food, and shelter are no longer derived from planetary resources. Moreover, you have graduated to a state of spiritual wisdom which allows you to perceive your relationship to physicality in such a way that you move out of dependence on a planet's ecosystem and into a new role as her guardian. This way of looking at physicality is normal for the Agarthans and is something you have not as yet experienced. This is another reason for bringing you together with the Agarthans. They will become your master-teachers and introduce you to the glories of full consciousness, where you will begin to recall your past fully conscious lives and integrate them into your limited-conscious 3-D lives.

As you become more able to integrate your past lives, you will begin to understand your role in the great oneness that is galactic humanity. We know that as you do this you are to become proud citizens of your planet and of this new star-nation. Mars, Venus, and Pax (many know her as Maldek) will also become new homes for you. As you assume your guardianship roles, you will become conversant with lines of thought and realities only dreamt about. Galactic society to us is a most beautiful state of mind and being. You are in direct contact with Heaven and her infinite Orders and Hierarchies. You are able to converse with the Elohim and the physical Orders and Administrations. You have an innate wisdom on how the Divine Plan is to unfold and are able to apply it. Together with others you can use your powers to manifest the Divine at will.

Mother Earth knows that what we are talking about is ready to manifest. She has therefore put out a warning to all concerned that the time for these changes is now. She has been severely handicapped in her present limited state and dearly wishes you to leap into the next level of consciousness. To instigate this, she has increased the scale and frequency of earthquake and volcanic activity. The danger posed by the Icelandic volcano to transatlantic and European air travel is one such warning. Mother Earth's sacred Hierarchies tell us that Heaven needs to give us the green light for direct intervention. All this is something that Mother Earth wanted to have happen much earlier on in our first contact timeline. In fact, now she is egging us on to get to the finish line much earlier than we had expected!

This is a moment when some tumultuous things are to happen: your many societies are to be exposed to us and your beliefs will be severely challenged. Your perceptions of reality will be swept up into a massive paradigm shift and your level of consciousness raised to that of Angels. Your technological base will vault into a sphere that will seem like magic, and your lives, for a time, will take on a dreamlike quality. Indeed, full consciousness quite resembles a lucid dream that you have the ability to change at will and where miracles commingle with magic. Such a realm has been home to us for millions of years, and it is our delight to share this magnificent way of living with you, and in the process spread Divine Light to this sector of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Today, we pursued our discussion of what is happening around you and expounded on where events are leading you. We wait joyfully for the moment when we can arrive on your shores and be part of the grand change that will return the Divine's Light to what was temporarily cast into darkness. Know, dear Ones, in your Heart of Hearts that the countless Supply and never-ending Prosperity of Heaven are indeed Yours! So Be It! Selamat Gajun! Selamat Ja! (Sirian for Be One! and Be in Joy!)

View Article Here   Read More

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
International License
.
unless otherwise marked.

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy



Up ↑