Industrial designer Charles Bombardier has unveiled a hypersonic jet, Antipode, that he claims will cover the distance between London and New York in a mind boggling 11 minutes travelling at a speed of Mach 10.
He conceived the Antipode in collaboration with #LunaticKoncepts founder Abhishek Roy.
Bombardier says the jet can reach up toMach 24, twice the speed of Skreemr and 12 times faster than the Concorde. The jet can carry 10 persons to a distance of 20,000km in less than an hour, he claimed.
Working with Canadian aircraft company, Bombardier Incorporated,Bombardier designed the Skreemr, a four-winged scra m jet, last year which he claimed could carry 75 passengers at speed of up to Mach 10.
It may be mentioned here that one Mach averages 1,195 kmph, a speed equal to that of sound. An aircraft flying at Mach 10 is ten times faster than the speed of sound.
The Antipode can be an ideal business or military aircraft to fly top officials anywhere in the globe within no time, he said.
The aircraft would have rocket boosters attached to its wings that would propel the plane to 40,000 feet, enabling it to reach Mach 5 before separating and flying back to base. An on board computer would then fire up the supersonic combustion engines, thereby increasing the jet’s speed up to Mach 24.
To avoid overheating, the jet will use NASA’s Long Penetration Mode concept under which spouts on the jet’s nose and wings would use the air flowing through will cool down the plane’s temperature.
Also, it would drown the sound created by breaking the sound barrier. The plane would still have to be built using heat and pressure-proof materials, said Bombardier.