Three researchers at the Clark School of Engineering have developed technology that could enable hypersonic flights, allowing travel from Washington, DC to Australia in as little as two hours.
Astrox Corporation has designed the plane but had no way to solve the problem of correctly mixing the fuel needed to create the necessary power. The research team developed the necessary combustor to make it happen. "Hypersonic space planes could revolutionize the transportation industry," said Astrox president Ajay Kothari, "much like planes did for subsonic aviation 50 years ago. Seemingly remote parts of the world would be nearly as accessible as a two-hour drive." The hypersonic jet engines employ what's called scramjets, which use no moving parts. The plane will initially be marketed for military use. Caroline Gutierrez