Monday, October 10, 2005

Rely on the Japanese?

I was reading Jeremy Clarkson's take on the demise of Concorde last night. I've had similar thoughts myself. The fact that today we can no longer travel to New York in 3 hours, or in fact return to the Moon at all, when at one point in history we could, shows that as a culture we're sliding backwards rather than pushing forwards. That can't be a good thing...

CREDIT: JAXA
Images of test flight at Woomera

So today I greeted The Register's report on the successful test flight of the scale model of the Japanese SST at the Woomera Test Range in Australia with mixed emotions. Well done to JAXA and the Japanese, but why isn't it us any more?

Update: BBC News, Slashdot and the International Herald Tribune all have more...