The successor to the Concorde ….. flying at Mach 3.6 ! Twice as fast as Concorde :
The SonicStar jet !
This plane, will be twice as fast as Concorde, with a top speed of Mach 3.6. Plans for 20-seat craft were unveiled at The Paris Air Show. HyperMach claims, its SonicStar aircraft will be so quick that travelling from London to New York will take just two hours ! A trip from New York to Sydney, meanwhile, will be cut by a staggering 75 per cent – from 20 hours on a commercial airliner to just five hours. A jet that can fly from London to Sydney in three and a half hours could rob Concorde of its title as the fastest-ever passenger plane.
Plans have been unveiled for the HyperMach SonicStar, a business jet which will be capable of a top speed of 2,664 mph twice as fast as Concorde. It will fly at 62,000 ft, allowing passengers to see the curvature of the earth. HypeMach chief executive Richard Lugg, wants the plane in the skies within ten years, and has already secured funding from the Department of Trade and Industry, which has agreed to support the company in Britain .
Long-range cruise speed – Mach 3.1
High-speed cruise speed – Mach 3.4
Engines – Two SonicBlue S-MAGJET Hybrid Supersonic 4000-X Series
Thrust – Flat-rated to 54,700 lb
Wing area – 1,800 square feet
Landing distance – 4,800 ft
Range – 6,000 nautical miles
Highest Altitude – 62,000 ft
Length – 64 meters
Height at maximum – 2.6 meters
Width at maximum – 2.7 meters
Visiting the Paris Air Show, Mr. Lugg said: " We have access to revolutionary engine technology and a unique very high speed aircraft design, to make this kind of earth-shatteringly fast air travel possible, and we have a date. Our plan is to build and fly the world’s first very high speed supersonic hybrid aircraft by June 2021 !
Propulsion for the 20-seat aircraft will come from two hybrid engines which will be 30 per cent more fuel efficient than the Rolls-Royce engines used in Concorde. It has been eight years since The Concorde, was retired from service and with it the supersonic dreams of millions around the world. It will be able to cruise at Mach 3.1, a speed made possible by S-MAGJET hybrid gas turbine engine technology. Nobody has ever traveled that fast before, on a passenger plane !
With relatively low fuel consumption, the Sonic Star ‘overcomes the economic and environmental challenges of supersonic flight, to revolutionize the way we travel and drive air transportation forward into the future, claims HyperMach. By using electromagnetic currents across the fuselage to suppress the sonic boom, the plane is able to overcome the noise regulations that constrict supersonic travel. It has a range of 6,000 nautical miles and its 54,700 thrust class S-MAGJET engine – actually two engines – is optimized to fly the aircraft at 62,000 ft. But it is the reduction in jet engine emissions that HyperMach believes will prove the secret of SonicStar’s success.
Tomorrow’s world: HyperMach plans to build its SonicStar engine by the end of the decade and to have the plane itself constructed by 2025.
SonicStar generates massive electrical power on board using proprietary integrated turbine electromagnetic generation technology to segment each engine rotating component stage electrically. Every stage from bypass fans to compressor to turbine rotates independently of the other. This segmentation will enable the engine to change the operating speeds of its rotating components continually throughout the flight to respond to the changing conditions of the atmosphere and the flight and performance demands of the aircraft. HyperMach claims that this, along with the S-MAGJET plasma fuel combustion technology, will result in a 40 to 50 per cent increase in the ability of engine to convert fuel to thrust. The company said such fuel efficiency would ultimately lead to a 30 to 35 per cent reduction in fuel used as supersonic speeds.