Supersonic Airliner Would Fly Passengers Across the Ocean in an Hour

Beth Anne Macaluso
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Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to make a transatlantic voyage in a single hour. Superman’s got nothing on Airbus’ proposed new jet.

In a recent patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the aircraft manufacturer has outlined plans for a plane that travels at Mach 4.5, which just so happens to be the equivalent of 4.5 times the speed of sound. At that rate, you could fly from New York City to London in about an hour, or from Los Angeles to Tokyo in about three hours.

According to the patent, the plane would be powered by a system of motors, comprised of turbojets, ram jets, and a rocket motor. In this video, PatentYogi Deepak Gupta breaks down how the three different types of engines work in conjunction to help the supersonic jet travel faster than even the fastest Concorde—while also minimizing the sonic boom produced when the jet takes off.

There are no plans to begin work on this supersonic jet—yet—but in the meantime, you can get a glimpse at the possible future of commercial flight over at the USPTO’s website.

[h/t: Mashable