I'm writing a short story that takes place about 10,000 years in the future, and people leave the planet regularly, including civilians, and they're able to explore the galaxy. During this 10,000 year period in the future, they've even set up colonies throughout the galaxy. Right now, our method of leaving Earth is loud, violent, and sloppy. Is there any foreseeable method of leaving Earth 10,000 years from now that is more elegant than what we have now? There's the space elevator, but I didn't really want to use that. That seems stifling, since, in order to go to space, you would have to travel to the location of the elevator. I want the people to just be able to hop in their space ship and go to space. Any ideas? Thanks.