PLAN for a supersonic plane capable of flying between Beijing and New York in an hour has been revealed by a Chinese company.
The “winged rocket” is being designed to fly at a staggering 7000mph and tests are expected to begin next year, with the aim of it being put into the air next year.
The futuristic plane is being developed by Space Transportation, which hopes to make a point-to-point flight by the end of the decade. Space.com reports.
A video released by the company shows the plane separating from its rocket-powered wing after a vertical takeoff, then continuing to its destination.
Meanwhile, the wings and boosters then land back on the launch pad.
Upon arrival, the aircraft will land vertically using tripods that open from the back.
The company boasts of being able to connect New York to the Chinese capital in just an hour.
“We are developing a winged rocket for high-speed, point-to-point transportation, which is lower in cost than satellite-carrying rockets and faster than traditional aircraft,” Chinese media said.
Supersonic aircraft is number one among China’s high-tech plans and it has continued to pour vast amounts of money and resources into the sector.
At the end of last year, plans for a plane that could carry ten people anywhere on Earth in an hour were announced.
The prototype had a pair of triangular wings similar to those of the French and British Concordes, but with pointed tips.
The proposed 148ft plane’s supersonic jet is larger than a Boeing 737 and has two air-breathing engines mounted on top of its main fuselage, reports South China Post Office Morning.
The Communist giant also 6,000mph . nuclear rocket engine development is said to be based on a design that was abandoned by Nasa because of its high cost.
U.S. military and intelligence officials are said to have been stunned last summer after China launched a rocket in space carrying a hypersonic vehicle that circled the globe before speeding back home. target side.
Intelligence sources said the nuclear-capable missile missed its target by about twenty miles when it was secretly launched in August. Financial Times.
Space Transport announced last August that it has raised £34m for its supersonic space plane plans.
The company recently conducted some tests on its Tianxing 1 and Tianxing 2 vehicles.
A 10th test flight was performed on January 23, followed by another test in cooperation with a combustion laboratory at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8304964/china-unveils-hypersonic-plane-new-york-beijing-hour/ China unveils new 7,000mph ‘winged rocket’ supersonic plane that can fly from New York to Beijing in ONE HOUR