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Supersonic jet launch 'successful'
October 10, 2005 - 11:49AM
Japan has hailed the test of a supersonic jet in South Australia's outback as a success.
The model of the supersonic jet, planned to be a successor to the Concorde, was launched from a site near Woomera in SA's north about 7am CST today.
* has environment-friendly characteristics
-low noise emitted from engine and body
-clean exhaust gas with low NOx and without smoke
Originally posted by waynos
Is supersonic flight over land banned then? Or just breaking the sound barrier over land?
If it is supersonic flight that is banned over land then that is a very unfair artificial obstacle to SST development, after all, the sonic boom only occurs at the point where the sound barrier is initially breached so there should be nothing to prevent an SST accelerating over the sea to mach 2 or whatever and then contiuing at that speed to its destination.
Originally posted by 4for4
I'm really not too sure about regulations banning supersonic flights over land. Is this an American thing? European? Air routes? Global? Anyway, as xmotex pointed out, Japan actually doesn't need to worry about that too much due to their position. Also, on the project website, a specific aim is:
Tell you what, I'll put in my 2 cents and say I can imagine business and first class going supersonic, while the rest of us are confined to slow cattle-car jets. Remember Airbus saying if fitted out correctly, the A380 could take over 800 passengers?
No budget projections have yet been made for the entire project, which Japanese hope will produce a supersonic passenger jet capable of flying from Tokyo to New York in just under six hours - less than half the current time of a Concorde.
Japan aims for the supersonic jet to carry 300 passengers, three times as many as the Concorde, and travel at Mach 2 which is twice the speed of sound.
Originally posted by Nacnud
No it flew faster than mach 2, IIRC mach 2.2