London To NY In Two Hours
A jet that can fly from London to New York in two hours could rob Concorde of its title as the fastest-ever passenger plane.Plans have been unveiled for the Hypermach SonicStar, a business jet which will be capable of a top speed of 2,664mph twice as fast as Concorde.It will fly at 62,000ft, allowing passengers to see the curvature of the earth.
Hypermach chief executive Richard Lugg wants the plane in the skies within ten years and has already secured funding from the Department of Trade and Industry, which has agreed to support the company in Britain.
Propulsion for the 20-seat aircraft will come from two hybrid engines which will be 30 per cent more fuel efficient than the Rolls-Royce engines used in Concorde. It has been eight years since Concorde was taken out of service, and with it the supersonic dreams of millions around the world.
HyperMach claims its SonicStar aircraft will be so quick that travelling from Sydney to London will take only three and a half hours. A trip from New York to Sydney, meanwhile, will be cut by a staggering 75 per cent – from 20 hours on a commercial airliner to just five hours.
With relatively low fuel consumption, the Sonic Star ‘overcomes the economic and environmental challenges of supersonic flight to revolutionise the way we travel and drive air transportation forward into the future,” claims HyperMach.
But it is the reduction in jet engine emissions that HyperMach believes will prove the secret of SonicStar’s success.
A spokesman said: “The engine is a hybrid. It generates massive electrical power on board using integrated turbine electromagnetic generation technology to segment each engine rotating component stage electrically.”