Supersonic Flight: Go to Sydney from Los Angeles in Under Four Hours
Science and technology have gone a long way and have always been considered a dynamic duo that walk the path of progression hand in hand. From something as small and simple as inventing the wheel to the discovery of flight, technology as well as science continues to break the limits of our preconceived notions year after year. Sometimes, it's something small, like going just a little bit faster or being just a little bit more durable. Other times, it's a huge shift that can change the world completely, like the discovery of penicillin. At the start of 2017, the aspirations of science and technology have once again moved forward as a possibility to reach the other end of the world from where you are at a smaller span of time seems that much closer with this new supersonic jet.
According to Forbes, the Paradoxal, the newest aircraft concept designed by industrial engineer Charles Bombardier who drew his inspiration from his past supersonic creations known as the Skreemr and the Antipode, is designed to shuttle and carry hundreds of passengers over a long distance in mere fractions of the normal time it takes to bring them there. The plane resembles a stingray, being outfitted with two rotary ramjet engines that give it enough power to reach Mach 3 and reach about 60,000 feet. With the injection of liquid oxygen into the gas exhaust port, the air-breathing engines would transform into rocket engines, allowing it to be set at a cruising level while being at a stable place above the stratosphere.
Ironically, this was not the first time that such a concept would be experimented with, as The Telegraph states that there had already been talks of a flight from London to Sydney that would take even less time than the Paradoxal, a mere two hours. The project is on track to be launched in 2018 since the plane's engine that they've been working on has just reached Mach 7.5 in its latest trials, in which the classification of research for this particular method of travel is known as "hypersonic". With the speed at which technology is increasing, the forecast for superfast travel in the near future looks to be within reach.