This plane could soon make it possible to reach New York from London in just 80 minutes


Author: Clark Tos
2022-10-08 15:42:02

An astonishing plane project could cut the duration of transatlantic flights by more than five times. Imagined by the Spanish designer Oscar Viñals, the device futuristic named “Hyper Sting”, could well transport travelers from place to place in record time.

Credit: Oscar Viñals

The idea is based on a combination of theoretical cold fusion nuclear systems and innovative Mach 3.5 technology. Mach is the ratio of the speed of a body to the speed of sound - Mach 1 is the speed of sound, Mach 2 is twice the speed of sound, and so on. The plane would thus cross the airspace at more than 4,000 km / h, almost five times the current average speed of commercial passenger planes which take up to eight hours to make the London-New York journey. If engineers could move from theory to practice, the plane would only take 80 minutes to complete the transatlantic journey.

The Concorde, the last supersonic commercial transporter, was powered by four Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 turbojets and completed the trip in a record time of two hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds. Considered the ultimate evolution of aviation, it has made it possible to condense business travel into a few days, or even just a few hours. Concorde's reign of the skies ended after decades of operation when it was decommissioned in 2003, contributing to a lack of demand due to rising costs and the tragic case of the fatal accident in July 2000.

Now, nearly 20 years later, the Hyper Sting design eclipses the Concorde. Capable of accommodating 170 passengers, measuring around 100 meters, more than 30 meters longer than the Boeing 747-400 currently used by many airlines around the world, and with a wingspan of 50 meters, it would undoubtedly be a ultra-modern vehicle to be relied upon for years to come.

Credit: Oscar Viñals

Credit: Oscar Viñals

The plane of the future?

While Oscar's designs are theoretical for the moment, he explains that the duration of long-haul flights is undoubtedly set to shorten with the arrival on the market of new advances in aeronautical technology. The latter, particularly innovative, are currently reserved for the army, like many inventions before passing into the civilian domain.

Although the designer, based in Barcelona, ​​believes that this concept is a vision of the not so distant future, questions however arise as to the production costs necessary to create such a jet, which, as mentioned earlier, had led at the fall of the Concorde. Oscar's vision is the latest in a series of groundbreaking aeronautical creations.

Credit: Oscar Viñals

Credit: Oscar Viñals

Source : Condé Nast Traveller