NASA 2011 Future of Flight - The F177 Aerojet


Artist Statement

The human race once believed that the possibility of flying through our atmosphere was nothing more than just a dream. However, two men proved the reality that humans can in fact take to the skies. The Wright Brothers changed the human perspective on the meaning of the word impossible. Humans, ever since, continued on with that curiosity and began to further question the limits of human aviation. Is it possible to exceed the speed of sound? Is it possible for the human race to live beyond the surface of our planet? Is it possible to land a man on the moon? A scientist by the name of Robert Goddard once said, "It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." The future of flight within and outside of our planet is filled with infinite possibilities. When we, the human race, have the desire to cooperate as a whole, only then can we truly achieve the unimaginable and thus the meaning of the word impossible will cease to exist. * * * The F-177 Aerojet is my vision of how people will transverse the earth. Numerous flights that travel half way around the world can take up to 18-20 hours of airtime. Replacing those flights with suborbital aircraft, we can use Earth's rotation to our advantage along with our advances in propulsion to transport ourselves to those far away destinations; turning hours into minutes. Space tourism has already begun; however, it won't be long until spacecraft technology will be utilized by the commercial sector. It will deliver even more effective modes of transportation to the public. The F-177 Aerojet is just one of those possible outcomes of utilizing spacecraft engineering to its full potential. Thank you, Stephan