Supersonic 'Skreemr' Jet Could Go From NYC To London In 30 Minutes

If this thing ever really gets airborne, you could get over the pond in no time.

Charles Bombardier

The Skreemr supersonic jet concept could be the passenger airliner of the future, making the Atlantic seem more like a lake than an ocean. If this wild creation ever gets off the drawing board, that is.

Designer Charles Bombardier and concept rendering creator Ray Mattison envision a jet that is launched from a magnetic railgun at speeds close to Mach 4. The Skreemr would then ignite liquid oxygen or kerosene rockets to increase its altitude and speed until it was traveling fast enough to fire up a . The scramjet engine then would use the incredible speed of the craft to compress incoming air for engine combustion, burning hydrogen and compressed oxygen to accelerate to an unbelievable Mach 10, or 7,673 miles per hour. (Scramjet technology is by United States' and Chinese military organizations.)


Of course, there are huge technological barriers to be cleared before the Skreemr could become a reality. It will be difficult to find an affordable material that could withstand the extreme heat of acceleration, especially at lower altitudes. And finding a way to successfully launch the craft without every passenger on board passing out from g-forces is another issue. Regardless, Bombardier is confident.


"The Skreemr would be used as a commercial aircraft to fly from one continent to the next," Bombardier wrote for . "It would fly five times faster than the and it could carry around 75 passengers."

Even though supersonic commercial travel is a long way off from replacing conventional transportation, the race is on. Earlier this month, , which could travel at speeds in excess of Mach 4. A group of pilots and airline executives called has also pledged $250 million to bring the original Concorde back into production by 2019, reported. And of course, , a train system that would travel at a top speed of 760 miles-per-hour, just under Mach 1.

The world is about to get a lot smaller. 


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