How Close Are We To Hypersonic Travel?

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Flying at hypersonic speed could revolutionize transportation, but there are incredible engineering and logistical challenges we need to get through first. So, how close are we to hypersonic travel?

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Boeing’s planned hypersonic airliner could fly from NYC to London in two hours
“Boeing has unveiled plans for what could be the world’s first hypersonic airliner, a sleek, futuristic-looking craft that the Seattle-based company said would be capable of flying five times the speed of sound, or about 3,800 miles per hour.

At that speed — Mach 5 in aviation parlance — it would be possible to travel from New York City to London in about two hours instead of the eight hours the trip takes on a conventional airliner”

NASA Armstrong Fact Sheet: X-15 Hypersonic Research Program
“These experiments – —28 of them -— ranged from astronomy to micrometeorite collection. They included tests of horizon definition and proposed insulation that bore fruit in the navigation equipment and thermal protection used on the Saturn launch vehicles in the Apollo program, which dispatched 12 astronauts to the moon and back. Among the 12 was Neil Armstrong, the first human to step on the moon’s surface and a former X-15 pilot who also flew many other research aircraft at the Flight Research Center.”

Air-breathing planes: the spaceships of the future?
“A popular solution to this problem is the scramjet, which does not slow air down very much, but instead quickly mixes the fast-flowing air with fuel together to create thrust. But scramjets are only useful above Mach 5, meaning another system, perhaps a conventional rocket, is needed to propel the plane to hypersonic speeds.”

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madhan kumar says:

Somebody pls tell me this girl's name .

Phillip Mulligan says:

No operator is going to be using such vehicles for surface to surface transports. Not for passengers, not for high end executive transport or UPS deliveries. The economics will never cross over with the technology. It's all going to be devoted to sending what ever payload is to orbit and beyond.

pasoundman says:

Not close at all.

Sarah Hoptry says:

Stop using celcius you globalist pigs!

Sebastián Mendoza says:

You mean Concorde.

Joe Mata RC says:

ever further, since the ground the Concord, daha

Exolette says:

Hypersonic Jet: I can shatter sound. Stay out folks.

Light: he..heh… hehhhhh……

fight me bruh lol says:

Make sonic in real life. make him HyperSonic make him hold a Plane. Make sonic fly the Plane


Robert Dillahubris says:

Curious observers: "How close are we to commercial hypersonic flight?"
Engineers: "Very close." (hand casual observers a note supposedly showing the calculations to prove this)

Engineers smack piece of paper out of casual observers hands.

Engineers: "SIKE! That's the WRONG ASSESSMENT!!!!"


MaxMisterC says:

(How Close Are We?)
……not very!!

Jonathan Arthur says:

Haha hypersonic travel what a joke we will not be moving in the future by shoveling matter out the back of vehicles we will be bending space and time and it's here

gordodacat says:

But I thought the earth was flat ….

Advocatus Diaboli says:

Answer: Not close at all.
And once it's possible, only the rich and super rich will be able to afford traveling in such an aircraft.

These aircraft will also be even worse for the climate than regular commercial planes, which are rather efficient.

Lloyd Aguirre says:

flying is unstable and expensive. why not just connect the world with railroads with hyper sonic speed trains.

ChipZilla69 says:

She's hotter than the shuttle after re-entry.

luke daniel says:

the X-15 was more of a rocket than a jet…..


0:03 New York to London in a couple of hours eh? Say hello to the Concorde

Edit: I started watching the video and realized that she already knew about the Concorde

drunk connection says:

I really don't need to go that fast anywhere, it's ok

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