|SpaceLiner animation, 2009. CC 3.0|
It is being reported that a futuristic vehicle named "SpaceLiner" that could fly at Mach 24 (24 times the speed of sound) and could carry 50 passengers from Europe to Australia in 90 minutes, would be available by 2050. The concept was initiated by German Aerospace Center in 2005 and it was supported by European Space Agency since 2009. The current concept involves launching the vehicle vertically like the space shuttles, separating the plane from the booster at an altitude of 80 kilometres and the plane glides towards the destination for landing at 25200 km/h.