SOAR AT MACH 24

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Con­cept: THE PARADOXAL

De­signer: CHARLES BOMBARDIER

Odds of pro­duc­tion: GOOD...BY THE YEAR 2067

Me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer Charles Bombardier’s hy­per­sonic jet con­cept, Paradoxal, doesn’t just push the en­ve­lope; it re­de­fines it. Bombardier and his team of de­sign­ers at Imag­i­n­ac­tive have drawn up a com­mer­cial air­craft that con­ceiv­ably could travel at Mach 24 (nearly 25,750km/hr) and leave Earth’s at­mos­phere.

Pow­ered by re­us­able rock­ets and ram­jet en­gines, the fu­tur­is­tic flyer would fol­low a sub­or­bital, par­a­bolic path and briefly en­ter space, ac­cord­ing to Bombardier. Each wing is de­signed to in­ject coun­ter­flow­ing com­pressed air over its lead­ing edge to mit­i­gate heat build-up dur­ing re-en­try into Earth’s at­mos­phere. “I think the tech­nol­ogy can be de­vel­oped rapidly, in less than 50 years,” says Bombardier. “The true ques­tions be­come whether any­one is will­ing to in­vest cap­i­tal in such a pro­gramme – and do we re­ally need to go that fast?” — VIJU MATHEW

(imag­i­n­ac­tive.org)

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