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The US space agency's experimental hypersonic research aircraft, the X-43A, could one day revolutionise long-distance travel and space launches. The unpiloted 3.7m-long vehicle uses a scramjet to reach a design speed in excess of Mach 7, about 8,000 km/h. Scramjets burn hydrogen but take their oxygen from the air which is forced into the engine at very high speed. A scramjet operates by the supersonic combustion of fuel in a stream of...

2004-03-28

 travel transport speed aviation scramjet jet supersonic
Japan and France are to work together to develop a successor to the retired supersonic jet aircraft Concorde.

2005-06-15

 travel airplane transport aviation supersonic Concorde
A new jet engine designed to fly at seven times the speed of sound appears to have been successfully tested.

2006-03-25

 travel transport aviation scramjet supersonic
The engines on a French Concorde are to be examined as the first move in a £15m project aiming to get the supersonic passenger jet back in the air.

2010-05-29

 Concorde supersonic airplane