(Image: Reaction Engines)

Betcha-by-golly-by-wowza, the future of tomorrow really is today. On Saturday, Sunrise reported that a "hypersonic space-plane that can transport passengers from Australia to the UK in four hours could be up and running in 10 years' time".

The jet, which is being developed by British firm Reaction Engines, would be powered by hydrogen and travel at five times the speed of sound (or 6000km per hour). Sunrise discussed it with Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews, who said it was "absolutely possible that we will be able to fly from Australia to London in four hours".

All of this is, obviously, incredible. And it was equally incredible roughly two weeks ago, when it was reported by news.com.au, Vice and The Sun. Or in March this year, when BBC reported on the Sabre hypersonic engine being ready to enter "a key testing phase". At that stage, we were still reeling from the news, in June 2018, that Boeing had "unveiled a new hypersonic 6400km per hour jet that could fly from New York to London in just two hours and from Australia to Europe in less than five".