YOUR transatlantic flight from London to New York could take as little as 80 minutes when you hop aboard this incredible supersonic aircraft.
Known as the Hyper Sting, the concept aircraft is said to be capable of speeds in excess of 2,600 miles per hour – twice as fast as the legendary Concorde.
The plane is also larger – it’s 328 feet long with a wingspan of 168 feet – and is said to be able to carry up to 170 passengers.
Passengers would be seated in two rows of three – with a similar capacity to an Airbus A320, aircraft commonly used by easyJet and RyanAir.
With a sleek design that focuses on comfort, it’s hoped the plane can fly around the world quietly, efficiently and at incredible speeds.
Hyper Sting would essentially end the idea of long-haul flight – being able to complete the longest journeys in just a few hours.
The world’s longest non-stop commercial flight is currently the 9,537-mile journey from New York’s JFK Airport to Singapore – lasting nearly 19 hours.
Flying at top speed, the Hyper Sting could complete the journey in just three hours and 40 minutes.
It could also drive other popular routes like London to Beijing in just under two hours or London to Perth in three and a half hours.
Hyper Sting would be propelled to incredible speeds by two ramjet engines powered by a small nuclear reactor.
And it would be powered by theoretical cold fusion technology.
The theoretical energy source enables nuclear reactions at room temperature and generates huge amounts of electrical energy.
It is the latest project from Spanish designer Oscar Vinals, who has previously presented planes for the Sky Whale and Big Bird supersize aircraft.
But with this idea, he’s curbing his ambitions but hoping the concept could help bring back the age of ultra-speed travel.
There has not been a supersonic commercial aircraft since the last Concorde was retired in 2003 after 27 years of service.
The Concorde was a revolutionary British and French design – but was ultimately nullified by high ticket costs, low passenger numbers, noise and safety concerns.
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Since then, many designers have speculated about a return to supersonic mass transit—but no one has taken the plunge yet.
Oscar hopes his concept for the Hyper Sting will help solve some of the problems with supersonic travel – while also being bigger and faster than Concorde.
“Concorde was a brilliant piece of machinery, a noble experiment, but it created too many emissions in the environment, too much noise in our communities and was too expensive to run,” he told The Sun Online.
“A new era of supersonic flight may be upon us, but there are challenges to be overcome when it comes to flying faster than the speed of sound.
“The ‘Hyper Sting’ is a new concept for future supersonic airliners.”
Oscar gave the concept aircraft its name due to the extremely long, spike-like nose cones – known as the “Active Airflow Booster Nose”.
Working with the wings’ unique “trident” design, the nose would be covered with thrusters to muffle the sound of sonic booms.
The “sting” would control the pressure and speed of the airflow to reduce the noise of the droning booms that accompanied Concorde.
Oscar hopes the unique wing shape could pivot to allow for low-speed takeoffs and landings on short runways.
And the plane would be covered in solar panels to help operate the plane’s systems – including an artificial intelligence (AI) to assist the pilots.
The aircraft would also feature laser guidance systems for takeoff and landing.
It would be made of lightweight materials to further improve the aircraft’s efficiency and keep costs down for passengers.
Oscar said, “The ‘Hyper Sting’ concept aims to be somewhat different from other future concepts by incorporating innovative solutions.
“Like a new fuselage geometry (central body) with active variable geometry wings, a new concept system to reduce sonic booms, a new system of power generation for the aircraft, a new engine concept, a new aerodynamic device capable of energy generate energy for themselves and also a new control system.”
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9426712/inside-hyper-sting-faster-concorde/ Inside the incredible HYPER STING nuclear-powered supersonic plane that’s TWICE as fast as the Concorde at 2,600 MPH