Hypersonic aircraft to go 5 times the speed of sound

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  1. sapett

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    The U.S. Air Force aims to develop an unmanned flying weapon by 2023 that would travel at least five times the speed of sound and might transform the nature of warfare. The Pentagon has been experimenting with unmanned hypersonic aircraft for years, launching them from bombers over the Pacific with limited success. For a vehicle to be considered hypersonic, it must travel at least at Mach 5 -- five times the speed of sound, or about 3,800 mph. That's fast enough to travel across the U.S. in around 30 minutes.

    What do you think hypersonic aircrafts would mean for the future of warfare? Do you think hypersonic aircraft could eventually land in the commercial passenger airliner industry?
     
  2. Joshua Farrell

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    Knowing current restrictions on the speed of commercial aircraft, I doubt it will help commercial businesses much. Though, it is a bit scary to think what could happen, with a weapon that travels that fast.
     
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    If I am not wrong here, Concorde was the first Supersonic aircraft which entered into the business of a commercial passenger airliner. It featured maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2. Concorde flew regular transatlantic flights. Subsidised highly from their respective govts, still these airliner endures substantial economical loses & were being finally grounded.
    THere was an incident when one of these concorde gets crashed in france.
    Only the time will tell how well these Hypersonic aircraft would perform both commercially & on the safety front.
     

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