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News 2050: ‘Hypersonic take-off’

What will be the headlines of the future?

As part of the BBC's What If? season of programmes, we commissioned a week of news reports that take a light-hearted look at the future.

In the fifth instalment, The first flights at six times the speed of sound mean London and Sydney are just a few hours apart, while light pollution forces astronomers to close the last telescope on Earth.

Have we got it right? Could these stories feature in the headlines in 2050?

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