New York to London in 90 minutes? It could be a reality with NASA’s supersonic jet
Excitement strikes when thinking of that next holiday but traveling during this period isn’t a walk in the park. Soon however you can fly out to London from New York in just an hour and a half with this new passenger jet.
The space agency is crafting a passenger jet similar to Concorde that could reach speeds of more than 3,000 miles per hour—breaking time and sound barriers.
This “new” Concorde called the X-59 can travel four times the speed of sound at sea level compared with a regular airplane that flies at 80 percent the speed of sound, revealed NASA in a press release.
Engineers are aiming for flights almost twice as fast as the original Concorde. You can also forget about sonic booms as NASA is on a mission to turn them into simple ‘sonic thumps,’ sparing travelers from normal airplane noise and ground-shaking interruptions.
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While it may sound like a sci-fi plot, let’s not forget that flying taxis could possibly fly across New York. Attesting to this innovation is low boom flight demonstrator project manager Cathy Bahm who shared her excitement, “I expect the moment to take my breath away because I’ll see our vision coming to life.”
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Imagine this: a sleek white jet with red stripes along its wings tipped off with a sea-blue nose cone; it’s a paint job with a purpose—to give vital protection as the jet flies at speeds of 925 mph.
Currently sitting in a hangar in Palmdale, California, the passenger jet X-59 is being geared up by NASA for its maiden voyage, rewriting travel time that usually takes seven hours.