A new American aerospace company called Hermeus has revealed an initial concept of a commercial supersonic aircraft that could cross the Atlantic in just 90 minutes at speeds of up to 5 Mach (almost 4,000 mph), or twice as fast as the iconic Concorde.
It is unlikely that we will see a prototype in operation soon, but Hermeus has just closed a first round of financing, according to Ars Technica, which could allow the company to devise a propulsion demonstrator.
This is the only player in the game. Boom Supersonic, a new American company, is also working on a Mach 2.2 supersonic jet with room for 55 pbadengers, which is only slightly faster than the legendary Concorde, which operates at Mach 2.04 during its decades of operation.
Boom wants to bring a supersonic flight to the mbades by mid-2020, according to the announcement in December 2017. It has even collected orders for about 76 plans and has received the backing of the Virgin Branson & # 39; s Group.
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But moving from Mach 2 to Mach 5 is not an easy task. Hermeus is a collection of existing technologies to make your pbadenger plane incredibly fast and that includes titanium materials and state-of-the-art rockets.
It is impossible to say what the future of air travel will be like. If supersonic aircraft are not, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has promoted the idea of going between land destinations in rockets that can technically take us to Mars.
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