The Plane That Does Hong Kong and Back in a Day

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Six Technologies That Will Change the World
Business 2.0 (CNN.com)

VISION: A supersonic business jet.

WHY: High-powered executives want to travel the world and still be back in time for their kids' basketball games.

VISIONARIES: Kimberly Ernzen, 31; Cathy Downen, 33.

DAY JOBS: Manager of the Propeller Aircraft Group (Ernzen) and supersonic research manager (Downen) at Raytheon Aircraft.

BREAKTHROUGH: Computer simulations show that dramatically lengthening a plane's body in proportion to its weight -- the six-seat plane is the length of a Boeing 737 -- and reshaping the wings can quiet the window-shattering double boom that restricts today's supersonic jetliners to transoceanic flights.

BREAKTHROUGHS NEEDED: The designers still have to figure out how to get more miles out of each gallon of fuel. Engine technology needs to minimize takeoff emissions and decibel levels to win over the FAA.

WHO'S PAYING ATTENTION: Backing has come from NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). General Electric (GE) is working on the engine, and Northrop Grumman (NOC) did some early development. Boeing (BA), Gulfstream, and Lockheed Martin (LMT) are also watching.

QUOTE: "The ability to fly from Los Angeles to New York in two and a half hours, or New York to Hong Kong and back in one day, will change the way business is done," Downen says.

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This came up in another thread (Supersonic Biz Jet). Thought I'd throw it up here.

Discuss amongst yourselves ...





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BREAKTHROUGHS NEEDED: The designers still have to figure out how to get more miles out of each gallon of fuel. Engine technology needs to minimize takeoff emissions and decibel levels to win over the FAA.


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That's like saying, in 1901; "all we need to do is figure out how to fly."
 

EatSleepFly

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A six-seat plane the length of a 737? Oh yeah, THATS practical. I'm sure theres gonna be support for this one from every direction.....


...not.
 
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