Want to fly from New York to London in about an hour? Stand by. Your aircraft is arriving, but sadly not soon. With the ability to fly at a speed that five times the speed of sound (4000 miles per hour), this high-tech space plane is powered by a new hypersonic engine called SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine).
Announced by the UK Space Agency
Plans for this high-tech "space plane," capable of jetting across the Atlantic at record speed, were revealed recently by the UK Space Agency. According to the Agency, this technological marvel could be in the air as soon as 2030. Working closely with Australia, the two countries will work together on the world's first "Space Bridge" agreement. The agreement will focus on delivering a plane---or actually, a rocket---that will fly passengers from Europe to Australia in only four hours versus the 21 hours and 37 minutes it currently takes. While flights from London to New York City will probably be slightly over 60 minutes; it could take you that much time just to get from the gate to the runway at times in New York airports.
What Makes this Breakthrough Possible?
The new SABRE hypersonic engine that the scientists at Reaction Engines are currently developing makes these remarkable flight times possible. Using a combination of hydrogen and oxygen for fuel, SABRE is capable of powering a plane to Mach 5.4 (4,000 mph) for rapid commercial travel; Mach 5.4 is over five times the speed of sound; the engine is also capable of propelling the aircraft or rather, spacecraft at Mach 25 (19,000 mph) when soaring into space. Being more energy efficient and less expensive than current air travel does not hurt either.
SABRE Hypersonic Engines Courtesy of Reaction Engines
One challenge of hypersonic flight is handling the risk of the engine overheating. Traveling at supersonic speeds can cause the engine itself to melt. SABRE responds to this challenge by chilling the incoming air with tiny tubes of super-cooled helium; it also captures and utilizes that heat to power the engine. Their "pre-cooler" takes air that comes in at 1,000 degrees centigrade and cools it down to zero in one-twentieth of a second. How clever is that!
Successful Tests reflect a Positive Future
Last April, the Oxfordshire-based firm announced successful tests of their precooler, simulating conditions at Mach 3.3; Mach 3.3 is 50 percent faster than the supersonic turbojet Concorde. The Concorde flew between New York and Paris in what was then a record time of 3.5 hours; it was terminated in 2003 after a catastrophic crash in which 109 people died. The Space Plane is also on par with the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet aircraft ever made. Reaction Engines will continue conducting trials in the parts; test flights are scheduled to begin in mid-2020 with commercial flights slated for the 2030s. The UK government has already invested £60 million (around $74 million USD at the current rate of exchange) into SABRE; that figure has also been matched by Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, and Boeing. We see a rosy future for reducing air travel times for long distances. And just as there was a market for the Concorde, so will there be for the Hypersonic Space Plane.
Special thanks to The Robb Report for their coverage of this important breakthrough..
© Copyright 1998-
by The Herman Group, Inc. -- reproduction for publication is encouraged, with the following attribution: From "The Herman Trend Alert," by Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurist. 336-210-3548 or https://hermangroup.com. To sign up, visit https://HermanTrendAlert.com. The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc."
HOW DOES SHE DO IT?
Our author Joyce gets quoted in TIME Magazine and other national media on a regular basis. You can, too! Sign up for ExpertClick.com. You will be found by the news media and in Google search: 1. Through your personal search-engine-optimized press room by 39 topics you choose; 2. By news releases pushed out 10 ways including Google News; 3. Be found in the 2020 printed Yearbook of Experts, Authorities & Spokespersons. Save 15% when you register by October 31st @ http://www.ExpertClick.com/Discount.
APF'S FUTURES FESTIVAL IN 3 DAYS: ONLINE OCTOBER 24TH: FULL SPECTRUM FUTURES
The Association of Professional Futurists proudly presents its annual online learning experiences on Full Spectrum Futures. Network with leading futurists from all over the world. And best of all, it's free to attend, though contributions are encouraged to help defray costs. For more information, visit here.
OUR VERSATILE TRANSLATOR ROCKS!
Excellent translation services from English, French, or German into Spanish. Especially well-versed in medicine/pharma and automobile industries. 5-year Bachelor Degree in Translation. Also editing and proofreading of all kinds of Spanish language documents. Flexible rates, depending on number of words, degree of difficulty/technicality, and turnaround. For an instant quote email Mariana Campora Lesti at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her on SKYPE at marianacampora.
To read this Herman Trend Alert on the web: https://hermangroup.com/alert/archive_10-21-2020.html.
Herman Trend Alerts are produced by the Herman Group, strategic business futurists, Certified Management Consultants, authors, and professional speakers.
New subscribers are always welcome. There is no charge for this public service. The Herman Trend Alert is read by over 30,000 people in 90 countries, including other websites and printed periodicals. Click here to sign up for the Herman Trend Alert.
Do you enjoy receiving this weekly e-mail update? Contact us about our co-branded Herman Trend Alert service.
Subscribe or Unsubscribe to weekly Herman Trend Alert
View this week's Herman Trend Alert
Archived Weekly Herman Trend Alerts