Hermeus hypersonic jet aims to fly New York to London in 90 minutes
(CNN) A US start-up has revealed plans to develop a plane that will travel at five times the speed of sound, transporting passengers between New York and London in 90 minutes or less.Aerospace company Hermeus Corporation, based in Atlanta, said it has obtained finance from seed funders and private investors to develop a plane that will travel at Mach 5 — five times faster than Mach 1, the speed of sound.If the project succeeds, it could revolutionize commercial transatlantic flights. Currently, air travel between London and New York takes more than seven hours.
The creatorshope the aircraft will be capable of a range of 4,600 miles, with a cruising speed of 3,300 miles per hour.”We’ve set out on a journey to revolutionize the global transportation infrastructure, bringing it from the equivalent of dial-up into the broadband era, by radically increasing the speed of travel over long distances,” AJ Piplica, Hermeus’ co-founder and CEO, said in a statement on the company’s website.The Hermeus founders include former employees from SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket start-up, and Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ secretive space venture. All four founders worked together at Generation Orbit, where they worked on the development of a hypersonic rocket-plane and the US Air Force’s newest X-Plane.
The tickets would cost around $3,000 for a one way ticket between New York and London, Piplica added.Hermeus Corporation is not the first to venture into hypersonic travel. In June 2018, Boeing unveiled plans for a hypersonic passenger plane. Lockheed Martin and Aerion Corporation are also working to create hypersonic aircraft.If successful, Hermeus’ plane would be twice as fast as Concorde, a the supersonic plane that made its final transatlantic flight in October 2003 and traveled between New York and London in under four hours.