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The new jet could fly from London to New York in an hour - opening up the possibility of a transatlantic return journey in a day.
Concorde 2 would be capable of flying more than four times the speed of sound – or more than 2,500mph, according to documents lodged with the US Patent Office by the aerospace and defence group.
• What it was like to fly by Concorde
The filings refer to an “ultra-rapid air vehicle” and “method of aerial locomotion” for the aircraft, which would cruise at an altitude of more than 100,000ft and carry up to 20 passengers or two or three tons of cargo for distances of about 5,500 miles.
According to the patent, power would come from three different types of engines:
• “at least one” conventional jet that could be retracted into the fuselage
• one or more ramjets, which use the forward speed of the aircraft to compress the air entering them before it is mixed with fuel and ignited
• a rocket motor powered by hydrogen and oxygen.
Flights in the new aircraft look set to be a wild ride, with the rocket motor used in combination with conventional jets to power a “near vertical ascendant flight” until its breaks the sound barrier when the engines are retracted in the fuselage and the ramjets take over.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: markosity1973
What helped kill Concorde and will help prevent this from being feasible is the boom. All supersonic aircraft have to go 250 miles offshore before they can accelerate, and have to decelerate the same distance. So you have 500+ miles that's subsonic on a transoceanic flight, and a flight across the US or large land area is subsonic.
Until they can quiet the boom, any SST isn't feasible on any large economic scale.
originally posted by: Aloysius the Gaul
a reply to: Aliensun
It will be faster and fly higher than the SR71.
I'm willing to bet your left testicle that it will also never exist
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: PheonixReborn
Yes of course. We only developed those rules, that inconvenienced the hell out of the military too because we were bitter that we didn't invent the Concorde first. You figured it out.
If you´re ever lucky enough to fly a Quiet Supersonic Transport between New York and Los Angeles, you´ll have just enough time to get through a movie-a short one. Instead of the usual six hours, it will be a 1,100mph, two-hour hop. The QSST, as the proposed luxury private jet is known, could be the first civilian supersonic plane approved for overland routes, thanks to aerodynamics designed to muzzle its sonic boom. Lockheed Martin´s Skunk Works has been developing the project for six years under a $25-million contract from Supersonic Aerospace International (SAI), founded by Michael Paulson, son of Gulfstream founder Allen Paulson. The 12-passenger QSST would fly at between 47,000 and 57,000 feet with a range of 4,600 miles (Chicago to Rome, for example), and it doesn´t need an extended runway. Configured with 12 club chairs, a spacious bathroom and a sweet A/V system, the QSST is aimed at diplomats or executives with plenty of money-but little time-to spare.