A Spanish designer has unveiled a jaw-dropping design for a new supersonic plane that could get from London to New York in 80 minutes.
The idea uses a combination of theoretical cold fusion nuclear systems and innovative Mach 3.5 technology.
Mach is the ratio of the speed of a body to the speed of sound – Mach 1 is the speed of sound, Mach 2 is twice the speed of sound, and so on.
The plane would shoot through airspace at almost 2,500mph – almost five times the current average speed of commercial passenger planes that take up to eight hours to complete the journey from London to New York. If plans for the jet came to fruition, it would take just 80 minutes to complete the popular transatlantic route.
This would power two ramjet engines and four next gen hybrid turbojets.
At 328 feet, the Hyper Sting would be over a 100 feet longer than Concorde, and have a wider wingspan of 169ft compared to Concorde’s 85 feet.
‘Concorde was a brilliant piece of machinery, a noble experiment, but it put too much emissions in the environment, too much noise into our communities, and was too expensive to operate,’ said Viñals.
‘A new era of supersonic flight might be just around the corner, but there are challenges to overcome when it comes to flying faster than the speed of sound,’
‘Today, there are some projects for a new era of supersonic flights from different private and public initiatives, some of those are well underway and could become in few years in a real concept,’
Viñals says his design’s name is influenced by the shape of the aircraft.
The Barcelona designer believes his concept is feasible, but would need advances in technology.