Boeing plans hypersonic passenger jet, 5 times faster than sound

U.S. aerospace leader Boeing has unveiled its plans for what could be
the world’s first hypersonic airliner, capable of flying at five times
the speed of sound.

With the average speed of sound put at 1,225km per hour, the
hypersonic passenger plane would be travelling at a top speed of over
6,125 km per hour.

The fastest passenger jet in recorded history is the Tupolev TU 144, a supersonic plane developed by the soviets.

The Tupolev TU 144 passenger planeThe Tupolev TU 144 passenger plane
It could reach speeds up to 1,510 mph (2,430 km/h). While it was
retired from commercial use, the Russian space program still used it for
training purposes.

With top speeds exceeding 3,800 miles per hour, the proposed
hypersonic passenger jet could shuttle passengers from New York to
London, a distance of 3,470 miles (5,585km) in just two hours. flights
from New York to London usually take 7 to 8 hours.

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The Chicago-based aviation giant revealed the renderings of the
aircraft concept Tuesday at the annual American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics conference in Atlanta.

“Humankind has always wanted to go fast,  always wanted to do things
faster,” said Kevin Bowcutt, chief scientists of hypersonics at Boeing.

“We are excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect the world faster than ever before,” he said.

The concept is still in the early stages of development, as there are
key technical challenges that need to be solved, said Boeing
spokesperson Brianna Jackson.

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She said it is possible that the concept could become a reality in 20 to 30 years.

Boeing has been testing ultra-fast technology for decades, which
could be used for both military and commercial applications, according
to the company.

Besides Boeing, other companies such as Lockheed Martin and Aerion
Corporation are also working to develop hypersonic aircrafts, the CNN
reported.

The news Agency of Nigeria reports that the fastest ever jet in recorded history is the North American X-15.

Its top speed is Mach 6.72 (7,274 km or 4,520 miles). The jet was made by the U.S.A.


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