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8 Lis 2017

London/ New York in 3 Hours NOW… New York/Shanghai in 39 minutes SOON!

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Beginners:

offshore- na morzu/ poza lądem

SpaceX rockets will take off and land offshore– Rakiety SpaceX będą startować i lądować na morzu/ poza lądem.

Intermediate:

subjected to …-  poddany …

The passengers may be subjected to a number of stimulations causing discomfort- Pasażerowie mogą zostać poddani wielu bodźcom wywołującym dyskomfort.

Advanced:

confront the issues- zagadnienia/ problemy z którymi trzeba się zmierzyć

SpaceX will have to confront a lot of issues before it can successfully launch the passenger rocket programme- SpaceX będzie się musiała zmierzyć z wieloma problemami zanim z sukcesem uruchomi program pasażerskich przewozów rakietowych.

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It was actually thought that after exciting news about the launch (wprowadzenie/ uruchomienie/wystrzelenie)of supersonic (naddźwiękowy) intercontinental passenger airplane which will follow the footsteps of the legendary Concorde, a long time would pass before anybody could beat it. But Elon Musk and SpaceX have just announced the vision of the passengers boarding the rocket (!) offshore (na morzu/ poza lądem) the east coast of the United States and being safely taken to the destination…i.e. Shanghai… This is the SpaceX long-term plan (długoterminowy plan) presented last week in Australia. The rocket-based transportation system will connect major cities around the globe in approximately (mniej więcej/ około) 30 minutes as the rockets’ route will run through the outer layers of the atmosphere. Of course there is a number of issues to confront (zagadnienia/ problemy z którymi trzeba się zmierzyć): weightlessness (nieważkość), intense gravitational forces. The maximum speed of 16 700 miles per hour is a challenge by itself (już samo w sobie jest wyzwaniem). The supersonic transportation experts claim however that the journey would be very uncomfortable to the passengers subjected to (poddany …) 2 or 3 G Forces which actually means 2 or 3 times body weight. Well, not everybody can take it. There are also other body sensations which most of us wouldn’t be able to bear… like motion sickness when even a short look outside the window screens could cause severe headaches and sickness. The economy factor is questionable (wątpliwy) as well… Concorde used three times more fuel than Boeing 747 …so how much a 100-meter-long rocket would consume…? The fact that we use rockets to transport the crew and supplies (dostawy) to the space stations is due to the fact that we have no other options available. Also, the flight may be quick…but what about the transportation of the passengers to the launch site and to the land respectively (odpowiednio). All of these could take hours. Overall,  it seems that Concorde project seems much more realistic.

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