Boeing’s Hypersonic Vision, a sleek passenger plane that can hit Mach 5

Image: Boeing debuts first passenger-carrying hypersonic vehicle concept Boeing
Image: Boeing debuts first passenger-carrying hypersonic vehicle concept Boeing

Building the future at Boeing requires looking decades ahead at what could be possible, and innovating now to make it happen. That’s the impetus behind Boeing’s first passenger-carrying hypersonic concept.

Boeing has launched a new Hypersonic Vision i.e., a Hypersonic aircraft concept in Atlanta at the 2018 Aviation and Aeronautics Forum hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, that is capable of traveling at speeds of Mach 5 and beyond. As reports suggested, the aircraft could have “military or commercial applications”.

Moreover, the aircraft is just one of several such vehicles Boeing engineers are studying to develop superfast transportation technology.

Engineers are working companywide to develop enabling technology will position the company for the time when customers and markets are ready to reap the benefits of hypersonic flight.

Kevin Bowcutt, senior technical fellow and chief scientist of Hypersonics reported, “We’re excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect the world faster than ever before. Boeing is building upon a foundation of six decades of work designing, developing and flying experimental hypersonic vehicles, which makes us the right company to lead the effort in bringing this technology to market in the future.”

As mentioned above, the Hypersonic vision can travel at speeds of Mach 5 and beyond. Mach 5 is about five times the speed of sound, or 3,806 mph (6,125 km/h) at sea level.

NASA’s space shuttles, for comparison, traveled at Mach 25 when re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

Bowcutt noted, “We currently can not speculate when hypersonic flight for global travel will be a reality, but the possibility is hypersonic passenger vehicle could be airborne in 20 to 30 years.”