Airbus just patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in 1 hour
In other words, Airbus just patent a hypersonic jet.Airbus expects the hypersonic jet to reach speeds as high as Mach 4.5 - or four and half times the speed of sound.
The hypersonic jet would also completely demolish the seven to eight hours it takes a conventional airliner, such as Airbus' own A330, to cross the Atlantic.In addition, Airbus predicts the patented craft will be able to complete trips like Paris to San Francisco or Tokyo to Los Angeles in just three hours.
To get off the ground, the craft will uses a pair of turbojets mounted underneath the fuselage as well as a rocket motor mounted in the rear. As the Airbus lifts off the runway, it will climb vertically like the Space Shuttle. Right before reaching the speed of sound, the turbojets shut down and retract into the belly of plane - leaving only the rocket motor to guide it up to an altitude of more than 100,000 feet.
At cruising altitude, the rocket motor will shut down and retract into the fuselage. At which point the plane's pair of wing-mounted ramjets take over and propel it to a top speed of Mach 4.5.Airbus expects it to be powered by various forms of hydrogen stored on board the craft.
In addition, Airbus has also proposed a variant armed with high-power electromagnetic pulse weapons to conduct precision strikes on high-value targets.As with the majority of patented ideas, it's unlikely the jet will ever enter production. However, technology derived from the hypersonic plane could make its way into Airbus' other less extreme products.
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