Everything evolves. If you don’t evolve, you cannot survive. When you evolve, you learn something new. For example, you learnt to crawl, then to walk and then you started running. You learnt swimming and climbing up the mountain. Man even learnt to fly. Wright Brothers presented us with an opportunity and provided wings to our dreams. Today, technological advancement has created supersonic planes which travel faster than the speed of sound. With an unbelievable aerodynamic designs, supersonic jets spearheads towards their destination with more than Mach 1 speed. Here, we discuss about 5 concept planes which will vroom past the speed of sound.
Lockheed Martin SR-72 Hypersonic Aircraft
Regarded as the “son of Blackbird”, Lockheed Martin SR-72 is expected to be launched by 2030. This will not be a supersonic jet; it will be a hypersonic jet which can fly at a speed of more than Mach 6 (2058 meter/second)! That means, you can travel from New York to London in 45 minutes. Isn’t that amazing!
Spike-S 512 Supersonic Jet
This jet has a stunning aerodynamic design. It is being developed to make journey faster, reliable and efficient. It will travel with a speed of Mach 1.6. You can reach London from New York in 3 hours. Spike Supersonic can accommodate 12-18 passengers. It will help you save 40% time with an additional cost of 13%.
Lockheed Martin N+2 Supersonic Jet
The most interesting feature of Lockheed N+2 Supersonic Jet is that it will reduce the effect of sonic boom by 1/100th intensity of Concorde Supersonic Aeroplane. It can accommodate 80 passengers at a time and it will at a speed of Mach 1.7. Lockheed Martin is in talks with General Electrics and Rolls Royce for developing a fuel efficient engine. It will be launched by 2025.
Aerion AS2 Supersonic Business Jet
Aerion Corporation is developing this jet and it is estimated to be launched in 2019. It is being built to achieve a speed of 1.6 Mach where Supersonic jets are not banned. Aerion jet will fly at a speed of 0.99 Mach where it is banned. It can accommodate 11 passengers who will experience exceptional furnishing and high class interiors.
Virgin Boom Jet
Boom jet claims to provide a journey from New York to London in 3.5 hours and at a price of $5000. Virgin and Boom are collaborating to launch it in 2017 with a seating capacity of 40 passengers. It can travel from San Francisco to Tokyo in 5 hours and from Los Angeles to Sydney in six hours. According to speculations, Boom’s design is 30% more efficient than Concorde with reduced sonic boom effects.
This was all about Supersonic jets that are set to create a revolution in the aerospace industry. I hope you liked this article on Supersonic Jets faster than the speed of sound.