from the urls-we-dig-up dept
The Concorde jet flew for nearly 30 years before it went out of service. And now, the time airline passengers spend in security lines wastes far more time than a supersonic jet could make up in the air (depending on the journey, of course). Still, traveling fast is cool, regardless if it’s done by air or in an evacuated tube — as long as it’s fast. Perhaps there’s some analogy to the Skyscraper Index where supersonic transportation designs arise right before an economic recession… so maybe hold off on buying a high-speed ticket to London.
- Airbus has a supersonic jet design that could take passengers from NYC to London in 1 hour. This plane would takeoff vertically and then travel at up to 4.5 times the speed of sound. It would be faster than the Concorde, but it would only carry 20 passengers at a time. (It will also probably never be built.) [url]
- China’s first scramjet engine has been tested, making it the second nation (after the US) to develop a scramjet engine for sustained atmospheric hypersonic flight. These supersonic planes are meant for military operations, but it’s unclear if these designs will have a practical use. [url]
- Refurbished Concorde jets could be flying again in 2019. Don’t get your hopes up just yet, though. There have been previous (failed) attempts to bring the Concorde back into service. [url]
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