In the not-so-distant future, air travel may look very different than it does today. That’s because a new type of aircraft, called a hypersonic plane, is being developed that could make it possible to cross the Atlantic Ocean in just 90 minutes.
The hypersonic plane is being designed by a company called Hypersonix. The company’s goal is to create a plane that can travel at speeds of Mach 5, which is five times the speed of sound, or 3,800mph. To put that in perspective, a Mach 5 plane would be able to fly from New York to London in just over an hour.The plane is also incredibly fuel efficient, due to its unique design.
The key to making a hypersonic plane possible is a technology called a scramjet engine. Scramjet stands for supersonic combustion ramjet. A ramjet is a type of engine that doesn’t have a compressor, which means it can fly at very high speeds.
The biggest challenge with a hypersonic plane is that it needs to be able to carry a lot of fuel. That’s because a scramjet engine needs a lot of oxygen to function, and oxygen is only available in the atmosphere. The hypersonic plane being developed by Hypersonix will be powered by green hydrogen, which is a renewable energy source.
The hypersonic plane is the result of years of research and development, and is the culmination of Hypersonix's extensive experience in the field of aeronautical engineering. Scientists have been working on the technology for over a decade, billions of dollars have been invested into its development.
If all goes according to plan, the first hypersonic plane could be ready for commercial use in just a few years. That would be a game-changer for the airline industry, and it would also have a major impact on the environment.
A hypersonic plane would be a major breakthrough for air travel. It would be faster, more efficient, and more environmentally-friendly than anything that exists today.