In the ever busy and ever changing world of business, time is of the essence. Getting to your destination on time or ahead of schedule is priceless as it offers you opportunity to engage in other things before the end of the day.
The newly designed Antipode is a 10-seater luxury business jet that could get you to your destination in record time—and it means you can get to New York from London in just 11 minutes.
According to the Telegraph, the Antipode is a 10-seater aircraft that would be able to travel at 12,427 miles per hour, and is also able to help you get to Sydney from New York in half an hour.
Classed as Mach 24, the Antipode is able to travel 24 times faster than the speed of sound, 12 times faster than Concorde and one Mach number below re-entry speed.
A concept design for the Skreemr, a jet that would be able to fly at Mach 10 was released in 2015 by Charles Bombardier, the Canadian inventor. The Telegraph reports that the 75-seater Skreemr would get from the UK to the east coast the US in around 30 minutes when travelling at 7,673 miles per hour.
Nevertheless, Mr Bombardier admitted concerns that materials “able to withstand the heat, pressure and structural stress” of the aircraft had not yet been invented, per the Telegraph.
The report also revealed that the sonic boom—the noise made when breaking the sound barrier would also be an issue and is seen as one of the main contributors to the failure of the Concorde.
A solution called “long penetration mode” or LPM was reportedly offered to Mr Bombardier by Joseph Hazeltine, an aerospace engineer at Wyle, which works with NASA among several others.
The idea is that a nozzle on the Antipode’s nose would suck in air, creating counter-flowing jets of air over the surface of the plane, which cool down the aircraft and muffle the sonic boom.
The 10-seater Antipode would take off using the force of rocket boosters attached to its wings, which would detach from the aircraft at 40,000ft when the jet reached Mach 5.
The Antipode’s onboard computer would then ignite its supersonic combustion ramjet (scramjet0 engine and accelerate up to Mach 24 at 40,000ft.
The wings of the aircraft would have enough lift to glide and land on a standard 6,000ft runway, according to Mr Bombardier.
However, despite the advances made from the Skreemr to the Antipode, several problems remain unresolved—especially a scramjet engine, which is yet to be developed.
Each plane, according to Mr Bombardier is expected to cost in excess of $150m to build.
“The Antipode could be used as business or military aircraft to transport two highly ranked officials across the globe (up to 20,000km) in less than an hour,” Mr Bombardier said.
“During time-sensitive crises, it would transport highly ranked officials across the globe in a matter of hours.”
Efforts to get speedier travel took off since Concorde was grounded in 2003.