There’s been a lot of news lately about faster air travel with the release of a bevy of plans for supersonic jets.
But designers of a concept aircraft named Skreemr say their aircraft could fly passengers from London to New York in an unbelievable half an hour.
Charles Bombardier and Ray Mattison say scramjet technology would be used for the Skreemr's engines that uses the speed of the aircraft to forcefully compress the incoming air for engine combustion instead of from a tank on board. Scramjets are designed to be smaller, lighter and faster, which will allow the Skreemr to hit speeds exceeding Mach 10 - 10 times the speed of sound --or around 7,673mph, The Globe and Mail reported.
Bombardier, who came up with the idea for the Skreemr's sleek design, envisions a 75-passengers in luxury craft with four wings and two large rockets on the rear. The Skreemr would be launched at very high speed with the help of a magnetic railgun launching system and liquid-oxygen or kerosene rockets would be fired to enable the plane to rapidly climb higher in the sky and reach Mach 4, which is around twice the speed of Concorde.
While Bombardier came up with the idea, Mattison, from Design Eye-Q in Minnesota, created the renderings of the concept.
So far, scramjet technology is being tested in the the U.S. and China for military purposes, so it's unclear if the Skreemr would be used for commercial flights.
Earlier this month, designs for the Concorde 2, based on a patent awarded to Airbus in July appeared, which would travel at 4.5 times the speed of sound and could take people between London and New York in one hour --three times faster than the original Concorde, which made its final flight in 2003.
Meanwhile, a group of Concorde enthusiasts, called Club Concorde, made up of ex-pilots, airline executives and have pledged $250 million to get the legendary jet back in the air by 2019.