Hermeus Unveils Next Step in Hypersonic Aircraft Development

Atlanta-based startup Hermeus has recently unveiled its first flight vehicle, marking a significant stride toward the realization of a groundbreaking hypersonic aircraft. The company aims to revolutionize air travel with aircraft capable of flying at speeds exceeding Mach 5, or approximately 3,836 miles per hour, without relying on rocket engines. Unlike previous hypersonic vehicles that required deployment from larger aircraft, Hermeus is pioneering a new approach by developing jet-powered planes capable of taking off from conventional runways, thereby expanding their potential applications.

The innovative endeavor by Hermeus involves the construction of two distinct hypersonic aircraft. The first, known as Darkhorse, will serve as an uncrewed, reusable drone tailored for military applications. The second aircraft, named Halcyon, holds promise as a commercial passenger plane, potentially slashing the travel time between major destinations such as New York and London to a mere 90 minutes.

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Hydrogen Takes Flight: Swiss Jet Prototype Could Redefine Supersonic Travel

A European company aims to revolutionize air travel with its sustainable hypersonic jet prototype set to cut flight times by 75%.

Destinus, the Swiss-based company, has already flown two prototypes successfully and is now preparing for a third test flight to evaluate the fuel systems. The design of the jet is based on the “Waverider” shape, also used in hypersonic cruise missiles and the Concorde jet, enabling it to “ride” the sound barrier.

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