Super Fast Flights
Technology is always moving in leaps and bounds, and it seems that plane travel is the next thing that scientists are turning their hand to. Since the demise of Concorde which was the fastest plane, there has been nothing to get us form a to b in a hurry, and it takes us eight hours to get from the UK to California and the west coast of America, and around twenty hours to make it to Australia and New Zealand.
But plans were unveiled this week for a hypersonic plane which could get us to Japan in the couple of hours that it normally takes us to get to Spain and the Algarve.
The plane is designed to travel four times as fast as mach 4 which is the speed of sound, meaning that the plane would move up to three thousand one hundred miles per hour.
The plane is designed with a pressurised cabin to carry one hundred passengers, and it will burn bio fuels, so the waste will simply be water emissions. The bio fuels are designed to be made out of seaweed, therefore trying to combat the issue of fossil fuel consumption. The plane is designed to look like a Concorde as this is the most aerodynamic, and has jet engines for the quiet take off in our airports, with rocket engines to push it to higher altitudes, where it doesn’t matter about the noise generated.
Sadly for air travellers, the plane will not be useable until 2050, but when it is made it will get from London to Malaga in twenty minutes and to Istanbul in thirty. To take a trip to the east coast of America would take you as little as one hour. Imagine taking a trip to Sydney and it taking less than four hours! It would make the thought of taking a long haul flight with the kids far more appealing.
Jean Botti, innovation and technology director at EADS, said: ‘It is not a Concorde but it looks like a Concorde, showing that aerodynamics of the 1960s were already very smart. The plane would fly just above the atmosphere, meaning it could fly at more than 3,000mph. When you are above the atmosphere nobody hears anything. We’ve been working on this project for long enough now to know it is viable.’
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