Supersonic Bizjet to Travel at Mach 4

BJT Waypoints
HyperMach Aerospace’s planned 20-seat supersonic business jet
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 4:30pm

HyperMach Aerospace has announced that its 20-seat supersonic business jet, SonicStar, will be able to fly at Mach 4.0. This is faster than the originally announced top speed of Mach 3.6. At Mach 4, the SonicStar would be able to travel from New York to Dubai in just 2 hours 20 minutes. The SonicStar is scheduled to fly in 2021, with certification possible by 2025. The price? A cool $180 million.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

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