Twice as fast as the old Concorde: The supersonic jet that will fly from London to New York in TWO HOURS.
SonicStar plane will have a top speed of Mach 3.6. Plans for 20-seatcraft were unveiled at Paris Air Show.
A jet that can fly from London to Sydney in five 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.
HyperMach 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.
Return of supersonic travel: The SonicStar aircraft will be twice as fast as Concorde – so quick that traveling from
London to New York will take just two hours. It was unveiledat the Paris Air Show.
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 hybridaircraft by June 2021.
Propulsion for the 20-seat aircraft will come from two hybrid engines whichwill be 30 per cent more fuel efficient
than the Rolls-Royce engines used in Concorde.
It has been eight years since Concorde was retired from service and with it thesupersonic dreams of millions around
HyperMach claims its SonicStar aircraft will be so quick that traveling from London to New York will take just two
hours. A trip from New York to Sydney, meanwhile, will be cut by astaggering 75 per cent – from 20 hours on a
commercial airliner to just five hours.
It will be able to cruise at Mach 3.1, a speed made possible by S-MAGJET hybridgas turbine engine technology;
nobody has ever traveled that fast before. Its top speed, however, willbe Mach 3.6.
With relatively low fuel consumption, the Sonic Star ‘overcomes the economicand 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 sonicboom, 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 lb. thrust class S-MAGJETengine – 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 theend of the decade and to have the plane
itself constructed by 2025.
SonicStar will be able to cruise at Mach 3.1, a speed made possible by S-MAGJEThybrid gas turbine engine
A spokesman said: ‘The engine is a true hybrid. It 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 ofthe other. ‘
This segmentation will enable the engine to change the operating speeds of itsrotating components continually
throughout the flight to respond to the changing conditions of the atmosphereand the flight and performance demands
of the aircraft. The HyperMach claims that this, along with the S-MAGJETplasma fuel combustion technology, will
result in a 40 to 50 per cent increase in the ability of engine to convert fuelto thrust. The company said such fuel
efficiency would ultimately lead to a 30 to 35 per cent reduction in fuel used at supersonic speeds.