Wasn't there a book or movie titled Around The World In 80 Days ? Maybe a sequel is in order, with the same title as this post. See this article --which, in my humble opinion drones on too long— until about 2/3 through, when this terrific comment shows up:
"This technology can be built today with technology that is not developmental to deliver any human being
from any place on planet Earth to any other place in less than an hour."
Half the Earth's circumference in 50-55 minutes? That's more than 12,000 or 20,000 m/kph, about 7 times the velocity of a typical hunting rifle bullet.
Can humans now do this? I ask The Committee, who explain:
C: Yes, using the beginnings of outer space where orbit above Earth becomes possible. As such a vessel lifts from the surface, it will be aimed at ever sharper angles, from vertical tending towards horizontal, in direct proportion to the decrease in air resistance because of ever more thin surrounding atmosphere. Vertical and horizontal forces, as humans know well, are independent.
The method of propulsion can be one of two ways; conventional rocket technology or magnetism. As the technology now exists, it would be a blend or combination or hybrid, of these two.
The retired general in the article made what were called inappropriate comments by concealed agreement, design, suggestion and instruction, with understanding of, by and for all parties involved that he would be publicly criticized and censured, by all appearances and thus prevented from seeking promotion. This was designed and intended to lend credibility to his comments by suggesting superiors, of which the now retired general had but few, all the way to and including the USA Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief. The general in question was retiring anyway, we trust the obviousness is clear. This process has been called counterintelligence and psychological warfare.
Your alien extraterrestrial friends and former visitors have left many clues, since used by humans to develop magnetic field differential, forces and propulsion therefrom.
These comments are made to gain psychological advantage for the USA as armed forces are further developed for use above Earth's atmosphere."