Fly from New York to London in two hours: the space company led by former SpaceX and Blue Origin employees unveils a plan to build an aircraft that will hit the speed of sound 5 TIMES
- Hermeus is looking for an almost hypersonic or commercial Mach 5 aircraft
- The company watches passengers from New York to London in 90 minutes
- Former SpaceX and Blue Origin employees will help with the development of the aircraft
- Other competitors are already engaged in supersonic journeys
- Military applications can lead the way with hypersonic weapons
A new company is looking for an aircraft that can take passengers from New York City to London in just 90 minutes.
According to several reports, the space company Hermeus has received initial start-up capital in its attempts to build supersonic propulsion technology that it hopes will power commercial aircraft within the next decade.
The amount of the financing has not yet been made public.
Hermeus says that his planes will travel at speeds of 3,300 miles per hour with a range of 4,600 miles and will mainly be powered by existing technology.
According to Ars Technica, the company's company is built with mainly titanium and Hermeus looks to have a functional demo version ready in the next five years.
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Hermeus is the newest competitor in the race to develop ultra-fast aircraft and is looking for a vehicle capable of traveling at 3,300 miles per hour
Hermeus & # 39; technology is not the only thing that is powerful. The company is staffed with two former high-ups at Blue Origin, the space company supported by Jeff Bezos, as well as former employees of SpaceX, the competitor of Elon Musk owned by Blue Origin.
& # 39; With experience from the best NewSpace companies, the Hermeus team is well positioned to disrupt the hypersonic industry & # 39 ;, said Rob Meyerson, former president of Blue Origin in a statement.
Other founders of Hermeus previously worked for a Generation Orbit company, where they helped develop the X-60A, a hypersonic rocket used by the US military to test ultra-fast vehicles for viability.
In striving to extract air travel, Hermeus will compete with a large number of other companies that are already developing supersonic aircraft.
One of the competitors is Boom Supersonic, who entered the field three years ago and made significant progress in bringing his planes to the public.
The company could have the vessel ready in 2020, with Virgin Group and Japan Air together ordering 30 of the aircraft from companies according to Ars Technica.
An airplane traveling as fast as Hermeus could theoretically bring passengers from New York to London in 90 minutes
While Boom's planes may be the first on the market, Heremeus plans to supply its competitors with pure speed.
Boom & # 39; s planes will travel about a third of the speed of Hermeus, making hypothetical trips from New York City to London in just over three hours compared to an hour and a half.
For companies such as Boom and Hermeus, the development of crafts capable of hypersonic travel – classified at speeds of 3,800 miles per hour and more – was not the primary challenge; it has alleviated the extreme heat caused by technology.
Last year, the Defense Advance Research Agency, DARPA, announced a program to help pioneer new materials and infrastructure that can withstand hypersonic travel conditions in what it calls the Materials Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics (MACH) program.
Hermeus is not only looking for a faster aircraft. Boom Supersonics could be ready in 2020.
With existing materials and technology, the coupling of extreme heat and speed reduces turbines and the sometimes delicate components inside.
Challenges have not, however, stopped the interest of the government around the world, especially when it comes to applying hypersonic propulsion to weapon technology.
The US, Russia, and China are all stuck in a race to develop hypersonic weapons that can travel up to 10,000 miles per hour and make them unstoppable for any modern immune system.
While America's interest in technology has lingered in recent decades, recent technology and funding have renewed its development.
However, when we compare ourselves with competitors around the world, the United States may be catching up.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, said the country will regret a hypersonic weapon sometime this year
WHAT ARE HYPERSONIC AIRCRAFT AND WHO DEVELOPS THEM?
Hypersonic aircraft are aircraft that are capable of reaching speeds of five times the speed of sound or more.
The vehicles can be used to deliver missiles, including nuclear weapons, to targets around the world in a fraction of the time achieved by current vessels.
Hypersonic vehicles travel so quickly and unpredictably that they can almost immediately threaten countries around the world.
Once developed, the gap between identifying a military threat and launching an attack on it will decrease from hours to minutes, even over long distances.
Since 2013, China has conducted seven successful test flights of its hypersonic glider DF-ZF.
The vehicle will be able to reach speeds between Mach 5 and Mach 10, or five to ten times the speed of sound.
US officials tested tested HTV-2 in 2011, an unmanned aircraft capable of Mach 20, but the hypersonic flight only took a few minutes before the vehicle crashed.
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