The superfast SonicStar passenger jet may take speed to the limit.
Everyone knows that drag reduction can be represented as % DR = (ΔPs -ΔPp) x 100/ΔPs, but you may not know that HyperMach Aerospace Industries (hypermach.com) recently unveiled designs for a new corporate aircraft dubbed the SonicStar, which proposes to bring drag reduction to a new level of efficiency. The SonicStar will use “plasma aerodynamics” to defeat the twin pitfalls of supersonic flight: speed-and-fuel-sucking drag and those annoying sonic booms.(This combo ultimately doomed the ill-fated Concorde, which had terrible fuel efficiency and was far too noisy to fly at top speed over urban centers.) The result will be an aircraft that can literally fly faster than a speeding bullet at Mach 4, which is four times the speed of sound — or 3,072 mph to you and me. By comparison, the cruising speed of a common commercial airliner, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is Mach 0.85 (567 mph). Meanwhile, the world’s fastest known aircraft, the venerable SR-71 Blackbird, has an unclassified speed of Mach 3.3 (2,200 mph) — though its still-secret top speed is said to be much higher.
The SonicStar will use “plasma aerodynamics” to defeat the twin pitfalls of supersonic flight.
All things being equal, let’s take a look at how the SonicStar — slated to take flight in 2021— might stack up to these other aircraft in terms of raw speed, and how many times one could watch the 110-minute film Top Gun (TG) as the in-flight movie.