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Travel news: Space balloons, floating hotels and supersonic jets

Travel news: Space balloons, floating hotels and supersonic jets

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(CNN) — This week in travel, we look at innovative new transport concepts, the reopening of Thailand’s most famous beach, and flight attendants speak out about the airport chaos gripping Europe and America.

The agency is working on Quiet SuperSonic Technology to reduce the explosion-like bang traditionally produced when planes break the sound barrier, meaning that crafts like its X-59 supersonic jet will be able to fly over land — something that’s prohibited by regulations because of the noise nuisance. Other ambitious projects in the works include Spaceship Neptune, the "world’s first carbon-neutral spaceship," according to its makers Space Perspective. They plan to start taking passengers on flights to the edge of space by 2024, floating aloft in a pressurized ball dangling from a giant, high-tech helium balloon. Take a look here.

Then there’s the video of an enormous nuclear-powered flying hotel that has been doing the rounds online. Don’t try booking a suite just yet, though — it might just breach the laws of physics.

So first, the good news. New Zealand , Samoa and Brunei have all reopened their borders, and the Chinese gambling hub of Macao has eased its Covid restrictions. Malaysia and the Caribbean island of Martinique have also lifted all their Covid-related travel restrictions.

However, as the summer […]

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