Hypersonic flight: this new propulsion system will get you from NYC to LA in less than 30 MINUTES
Traveling from the east coast to the west coast is a real problem, isn’t it? With normal airliners, it will take you about six hours. But with hypersonic flight, you can cut that travel time to under 30 minutes.
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An Emirates Airline Boeing 777 at Sydney International Airport on May 1, 2021 in Sydney, Australia.
Yes, you read that right: NYC to LA in less than half an hour, which represents the commercial travel potential of an all-new hypersonic propulsion system recently developed by researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF ), writes SciTechDaily. With the new technology, planes will be able to travel at an insane Mach of 6 to 17 – roughly 6 to 17 times faster than the speed of sound.
The research, published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, indicates that the team was able to achieve these theoretical speeds by ensuring the stability of the detonations (essentially controlled explosions) inside an engine. reaction that will help propel at speeds far above normal.
Prior to that, the US Air Force was among the pioneers of hypersonic flight research, first introducing it into cruise missiles that could be loaded onto conventional fighter jets and bombers.
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How does hypersonic flight benefit the world?
The short answer is a lot. The long answer is a bit more complicated, but not totally difficult to understand.
Many people would like to imagine what it is like to fly an airplane capable of hypersonic flight. Crazy time savings aside, a normal person probably wouldn’t enjoy the first few minutes of the flight much, according to an NBC News report.
You will still feel pushed into your seat during take off, as with all airliners today. But instead of the take-off jitters fade in seconds, you’ll have to put up with it for a few minutes until the plane’s speed and altitude stabilizes. The amount of acceleration is insane and it will knock your guts out for a while.
That alone might not really make hypersonic speed viable for commercial flights. But it makes a lot more sense with space travel apps though. As reported in MilitaryEmbedded, UCF associate professor (and study co-author) Kareem Ahmed says that with hypersonic flight, spacecraft can exit and enter planetary atmospheres much more efficiently.
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BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 28: People look at the lander and ascender models of China’s Chang’e 5 probe during an exhibition at the National Museum of China on February 28, 2021 in Beijing, China. The Beijing exhibition features No. 001 lunar samples brought back by the Chinese probe Chang’e 5.
With a few more tweaks and improvements, hypersonic propulsion systems will consume much less fuel and make space travel much more economically viable. Since SpaceX wants to colonize planets such as Mars, a fuel-efficient way to get in and out of planetary atmospheres will help colonization efforts proceed with unprecedented ease.
If the method developed by UCF were to experience successful advancements, then the world would see tangible technological advancements in atmospheric and space travel within decades. And what time would it be for science!
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