Paris Air Show: Hypersonic Jet on Display

A new hypersonic jet is on display at the Paris Air Show, the jet is named ZEHST which stands for Zero Emission Hypersonic Transportation.  The plane is expected to reach speed of 3,125 mph, or roughly four times the speed of sound.  The project is being overseen by Airbus' parent company EADS , THey expect the planes to carry roughly 100 passengers, and expects the at the aircraft will be able to launch for regular runway, omitting the sonic boom noieses of the Concorde.

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Flights that take hours will be reduced to minutes.  Flying form London to istanbul could take 30 minutes, while flights to New York from London could take a little more than an hour.  Innovation and technology director of EADS, Jean Botti, told the Daily Mail: "It is not a Concorde but it looks like a Concorde, showing that aerodynamics of the 1960s were already very smart. The plane would fly just above the atmosphere, meaning it could fly at more than 3,000 mph."  Althought the plane is on display at the air show, it will be a very long time before it hits commercial aviation.  To read more on the Paris Air show click here.

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