Hypersonic Jet, ZEHST, Revealed At Paris Air Show

Posted Jun 20th 2011 08:30 AMUpdated Jun 20th 2011 11:40 AM



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A new hypersonic jet, dubbed ZEHST for Zero Emission Hypersonic Transportation, was revealed at the Paris Air Show on Sunday.

The plane, which debuted in mockup form, will reach speeds of 3,125 mph, or roughly four times the speed of sound (Mach 4), the Daily Mail reports.

Seen as an heir to the Concorde, the plane will be propelled by a mix of hydrogen and oxygen, making it virtually emission free.

The project is being overseen by Airbus' parent company, EADS, based in Toulouse, France. EADS expects the planes to carry roughly 100 passengers, and expects that the aircraft will be able to launch for a regular runway, omitting the "sonic boom" noises of the Concorde.

Flights that once took hours will be cut to minutes. Flying from London to Istanbul could take 30 minutes, while flights to New York from London could take about an hour. More astonishing? A flight from London to Tokyo would take 2 hours.

Innovation and technology director of EADS, Jean Botti, told the Daily Mail: "It is not a Concorde but it looks like a Concorde, showing that aerodynamics of the 1960s were already very smart. The plane would fly just above the atmosphere, meaning it could fly at more than 3,000 mph."

There are two major downsides to the project. David Kaminski-Morrow, an air transport editor, told the Daily Mail: "The real difficulty is the economic of making a completely new type of aircraft work. It will take billion to take it off the drawing board and into the skies. But will there be an appetite to build an aircraft that does not take an awful lot of passengers?" The other? Oh, yea, it's about 40 years off.

Here's to the future!

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How many Thousands for a ticket? How many buyers? It will never make a profit!!
For some thing that will make large profit and sell many thousands see concordlift.com.
This is the real revolution in world transportation.
There are no technical or theoretical issues identified that show it to be impossible.
The profit potential is enormous.

June 20 2011 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hydrogen fuel eh? I think they should name the first one the Hindenburg.

June 20 2011 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

40 years my ass. we put a man on the moon in 9 years with old tech. we could do that in 3 years with the tech we have now. Look at the telephone, operator, number please. to rotorary dial to push button to cell phone all thanks to the space program. Look at the jobs created by the space program and the jobs this will create.

June 20 2011 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The headline beneath the photo read: "New Plane to Travel Faster Than Speed of Sound." OK...what's so special about that? Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947. Jet planes have been flying faster than sound ever since. The Concord was supersonic. Oh...this plane is hypersonic. Well why didn't the stupid teaser headline say that and save me all this trouble? It's HUFFPOST/AOL folks...they never get their facts straight.

June 20 2011 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

typos in aol articles are always annoying - why does aol never do proofreading? makes it seem second rate...

June 20 2011 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andy Wright

Will your face be intact when you arrive?

June 20 2011 at 1:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

great job finally someones thinking! hurray!!!

June 20 2011 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, really...a billion? Wonder what the stock holders think of that kind of investment, that doesn't pay off (if ever) until forty years from now. Do we really need to "get there" so fast? Of course this will only cater to the very upper class, so why should the majority of "normal" people care about this, except that it would be some cool technology....perhaps they should expend their efforts on technology that would benefit the masses...

June 20 2011 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Neil McElhearn

unfortunately to most people, time is money. they dont care if they spend 100 times more, if they spend a tenth of the time in the air they'll be at ease. Humans and common sense dont go hand in hand.

June 20 2011 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Forty years away? Climate Change's so called problems are forty years away or more and you sign on to that fraud.

June 20 2011 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What A Teaser you guys are with this story!
Why brag about something that ain't Here , instead you drag our attention just to bring our hope's back down...gold figure""40 year's...

June 20 2011 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply