NASA and Virgin Galactic (two companies that make for strange bedfellows) are loosely teaming up to develop hypersonic commercial planes that'll send common plebes like you and me out into space. You see, NASA has the brains to make these planes, whereas Virgin has the cash flow. Together they can make planes that'll travel at speeds of over Mach 5. Let's just hope they can play Doom.

Virgin Galactic, NASA Team Up to Develop Space-plane Travel [National Geographic News via OhGizmo!]