Boeing’s hypersonic jet: For when the speed of noise is simply too sluggish

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Why go supersonic when you can hypersonic?

Apparently, that’s what Boeing thinks. At an air travel conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, the plane maker revealed an idea for a hypersonic traveler jet that might fly in between New York and London prior to you might complete seeing a movie on your laptop computer.

Though the meaning of hypersonic isn’t set in stone, the term normally describes an airplane that can fly at Mach 5, or 5 times the speed of noise. That equates to about 3,900 miles per hour or a two-hour journey throughout theAtlantic Concorde, in contrast, flew at Mach 2.02, taking it from New York to London in 3 and a half hours.

Boeing states the plane, among numerous hypersonic crafts it’s thinking about, might have both civilian and military applications.

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“Boeing is building upon a foundation of six decades of work designing, developing and flying experimental hypersonic vehicles, which makes us the right company to lead the effort in bringing this technology to market in the future,” said Kevin Bowcutt, senior technical fellow and chief scientist of hypersonics at the company.

It all sounds amazing, but even Boeing admits that it’ll be 20 to 30 years before you’ll be able to go for a hypersonic ride. The technology to make an airliner-sized aircraft that fast, from a lightweight skin to a powerful engine, lives only on the drawing board.

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