We are flying more than we have ever before. Annually, there are over 36.8 million commercial flights alone, and this doesn’t include the shipment and cargo operations. Overall, this makes for 100,000 flights daily and once again, we are failing to take into consideration the air forces of individual countries who have drills and exercises daily.
Now, for the past 50 years, man has flown within the bounds of planet Earth, but this may be changing with more companies joining the race to conquer space, or at least take you on a commercial flight around Orbit.
Projects place the date of mass commercial flights in space at around 2050, which will still have some risks. By the end of the century, though, flying in outer space would not only be the way to travel around the world, but it would ultimately be the quickest way to do it.
Crossing the Atlantic from Europe for example roughly takes 16 hours. What if Elon Musk is right, however, and you can end up taking the same distance in one hour? Of course, for this to happen, countries will have to work together, and this doesn’t mean technology.
Yet, we can’t expect everyone to be completely open. China has launched a secretive mission to Mars, for example, and it didn’t feel obliged to share many details bout it with the rest of the world.
Countries would have to be willing to allow such travel in outer space. Some may way to lay claim on specific orbital patches of space as their own sovereign territory. This does make some sense since we already claim a bit of territory in the sea and the skies above our countries, so why not space?
How Far Are We from Space Travel?
Space travel is all the talk these days and not just in the corridors of NASA. Our species is fascinated with space travel much in the same way those sea-farers back in the day must have been with the vast oceans and seemingly endless supply of water in the world.
Our fascination has grown to the point where we feature space travel in our cinema and in our video games. We actually have plenty of free casino games that are entirely based on the concept of exploring space.
Still, the question remains. When can we stop playing casino games such as Starburst or watching TV shows such a Lost in Space and move onto the real thing? The fact is there are a lot of uncertainties and even dangers of rushing into space travel.
Mankind is certainly not too sure about the effects of space radiation on longevity, the human psyche, and more. We are both an adaptable and fragile species for all intents and purposes, but then again – we manage to persevere.
For example, one of the reasons our species survived in the cold north was because we found out to fashion tools and adapt to the biting cold. It seems a plain and simple fact, but the species that preceded us, the Neanderthals, weren’t as advanced and as adaptable. That’s why homo sapiens dominated in the end, not by force, but by outsmarting their counterparts.
So, with this in light, humans will be flying in space farther than they ever have by 2050. But for space travel to become fully “safe”, it would take at least another 50 years. Those of us who see in what direction our species set out off are already incredibly lucky to live in an exciting time.
What Can Hinder Space Travel?
There are several things that we need to consider when talking about space travel. We are on track to conquer the starts, but there are a few things that might stop us in our tracks and put a hiatus on our efforts. One of the possible complications is space junks – scientists are warning that space junk could become such a nuisance, that we might have no way of leaving the atmosphere for decades to come.
Worse, it may disrupt global communications as a dead satellite could take down a whole lot more, cutting deep into our ability to communicate and observe what’s happening on Earth. Another possible hindrance is climate change. Climate change is going at full throttle and it’s threatening our normal existence.
We may be too busy dealing with that first in the next 100 years to be able to spread our metaphorical wings and fly into the depths of space.