Air travel is a permanent part of an urban dweller’s life. There is no other way to travel long distances with commendable speed. In the event of an oil crisis, would people be able to handle a downgrade? The pace of life or urban dwellers these days will not incapacitate for a slower alternative, such as sea travel.
Within the next 30 years, various air-travel corporations scramble their scientists to propose alternative fuels and modes of air travel. Among them are personal air travel and various attempts to replace hi-octave gas and kerosene.
In a high-security facility like the airport already is, it is perhaps possible to replace kerosene or combustion engines with a nuclear reactor, enough to power an aircraft for months before refueling.
Also a possible solution is low-orbital flight. Virgin Galactic is leading the world into commercial space travel, predicting affordable space flight in 15 years and orbital hotels in 25. Do we see the application of nuclear space travel, like those seen in The Fifth Element?
For Sydney, what do we anticipate in the future? Will the current airport be reconfigured to handle larger capacities and space travel? (29 million movements currently to 61 million in 2027)
Socially, how would space travel change society?
Would the application of nuclear power imply broader issues to the world? Terrorism? Health?
How would cities and urbanisms evolve around the advent of nuclear power and space travel?
Or can we look more down to earth and figure out a prospective 30 years of dystopian nuclear threat and military air travel?