- Concorde, the world’s fastest-flying aircraft, has been shut down for a long time.
- Although now once again the demand for supersonic travel is increasing very fast.
- Several companies are set to re-fly supersonic planes in the next few years
More than two decades have passed since the world’s fastest-flying aircraft, Concorde, was shut down. However, now once again the demand for supersonic travel is increasing. Many superfast aircraft are under development around the world. Several companies are set to re-fly supersonic aircraft in the next few years. In the midst of all this, now the discussion of hypersonic aircraft has intensified. Yes, these planes flying at five times the speed of sound can bring revolutionary change and can reach Mumbai from Delhi in just 30 minutes.
It takes an hour for Concorde and about two hours for ordinary planes to cover this distance. Herms, a startup based in Atlanta, USA, is now engaged in the development of hypersonic aircraft. He believes that the development of hypersonic aircraft is possible. The startup is already testing a new type of engine. The company believes that this engine will prove to be helpful in getting the speed of Mach-5.
‘Focus on business class and first class passengers’
This engine is currently designed for the small and unmanned hypersonic aircraft Herms. However, later it can also be designed for larger aircraft so that passenger aircraft can also be flown. Even after this effort, the passenger plane is still a long way off. Herms intends to fly the first test flight by 2029. Initially it has been designed for only 100 passengers.
Herms CEO AJ Piplika said that we have created a business model for an airline. We are focusing on business class and first class passengers. After this, other parameters like speed and operating cost will be taken into consideration. 20 passenger cabins can be made in this aircraft. It’s not too far from the potential of a giant business jet. We hope that it will be profitable in terms of business. Although it will be interesting to see how many people want to travel at this speed.