30 Minute Flight from New York City to London, Please.
Usually when we discuss airborne technology in JBKnowledge Tech Find blogs, we are referring to the uprising of advanced drones. However, developer Charles Bombardier has bigger plans for the future of jet travel for human passengers. Bombardier has designed a jetliner, named Skreemr, that can travel from New York City to London in as little time as 30 minutes. As of today, that same flight path takes an average of 6 hours and 50 minutes. The Skreemr gives new meaning to “hopping across the pond.”
So how is this quick trip possible? Designers of the jet developed the concept “scramjet technology”, which makes the jet lighter, smaller and faster than other planes. With scramjet technology, the aircraft has the ability to reach speeds of Mach 10, or 7,673 miles per hour. Bombardier introduced this idea in Globe and Mail’s “Prototypes Column”, however the jet is far from ready to be integrated into normal commercial travel. Scramjet technology is currently only being tested by the Chinese and United States governments.
Bombardier noted in his column, “It will take years to see them on factory-built military drones, but maybe in the distant future they could be used to fly passengers across oceans at very high speed”.
Here’s how the scramjet technology functions:
“An ‘electric launch system’ would propel the Skreemr jet into the sky, allowing it to quickly accelerate in speed due to its scramjet technology. The technology used in the aircraft essentially uses the plane’s speed to compress air hitting the Skreemr, rather than a tank inside of the plane’s engine”.
Bombardier is hopeful that the scramjet technology will soon integrate into the future of flight travel, but as for now, he says the “Skreemr concept aims to ignite your imagination around this idea.” The future of technology is endless as developers continue to defy odds with creations such as Skeemr, large scale 3D printing, augmented reality and robots. What will be next?