The Antipode: Supersonic Plane To Travel From London To New York In 11 Minutes

Posted: Jan 29 2016, 6:53am CST | by , Updated: Jan 29 2016, 8:00pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


The Antipode: Supersonic Plane to Travel from London to New York in 11 Minutes
Imaginactive / Charles Bombardier
  • Supersonic Plane to Travel from London to New York in 11 Minutes Flat

Finally, a supersonic plane called The Antipode has been designed on paper that will travel from London to New York in 11 minutes flat.

The Skreemr was supposed to travel at a speed of Mach 10, but plans for that supersonic plane have been cancelled. Now, there is the Antipode, a marvelous invention that will travel at a speed of Mach 24.

That is over 12 times faster than a concorde and that means it is very fast indeed. In fact, it can zip from London to the Big Apple in under 11 minutes. But all this lies in the future. 

The designer of both the planes, one which was cancelled and the other which is on paper, was none other than Charles Bombardier. He named this new invention of his the Antipode.

He came up with the concept in synch with Abishek Roy. A total of ten passengers could ride in the plane a total distance of 12,430 miles in just one hour. That is a phenomenal reality if ever there was one.

Bombardier expatiated on the concept. According to CNN, he said that he wanted an aircraft that would reach the opposite side of the globe (the antipode) and he wanted this scheme to be followed in record time.  

Many who see a picture of this wonderful aircraft are dazzled by its very concept. The technology behind it is indeed complex and took a lot of effort to invent on the drawing board.

Its wings will be equipped with rocket boosters that increase the speed by many degrees. They will enable the aircraft to reach a height of 40,000 feet and a velocity of Mach 5.

Like its failed cousin, the Skreemr, it will also employ a scramjet engine. This has no mobile parts whatsoever and this is quite different from the usual run-of-the-mill jet engines. 

These engines use oxygen from the environment instead of carrying loads of it to burn. A basic issue was where to dissipate the extra heat. At such extreme speeds, objects tend to get heated up beyond 980 degrees Celsius.

Not every sort of material can withstand such temperatures. Furthermore, the sonic boom is a noise that can prove to be a nuisance especially in crowded areas. Bombardier seems to have solved both issues.

LPM or long penetration mode would use a nozzle on the tip of the aircraft’s nose to funnel air that would cool the surface. This would also stifle the noise from the sonic boom. And while all this looks good on paper it will be many years before it is of any practical value.

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