Technology could soon facilitate ramjets and in two decades fliers could reach New York in around two hours from New Delhi, according to Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice- President, Asia Pacific and India, Boeing. Frequent fliers to the US city could now look forward to the flight duration getting cut down in the near future. Boeing and NASA have reportedly partnered to develop the supersonic and hypersonic planes.
Keskar said that Boeing was working on the research and development for the required technology and was studying the engine propulsion requirements. He added that all the aeroplanes at present were subsonic, which meant that they fly below the speed of sound. The biggest challenge in building hypersonic-and-supersonic planes was the engine propulsion, where the R&D was going on. Keskar highlighted the use of data analytics for studying the engine propulsions.
Boeing had reportedly first unveiled its plan on developing hypersonic planes at the Aviation and Aeronautics Forum 2018 where it was reiterated that the company was working on designing, developing and flying experimental hypersonic vehicles.
The use of such planes at mass scale could take around two decades. Boeing however, feels that the prototype could be usable in five to ten years. According to the plans of the company, their hypersonic plane can travel at a speed of Mach 5 or 6,125 km/hour. This would help the planes to cross the Atlantic Ocean in two and Pacific Ocean in three hours. Keskar further stated that the idea was to make such planes affordable for fliers.
Meanwhile, apart from Boeing, Aerion Supersonic, Boom Supersonic and Spike Aerospace are reportedly planning supersonic planes with speed in the range of Mach 1.6 to 2.2 and all of these envisage flying their first flight in 2023.
Keskar highlighted that in near future artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics could be of key significance in the aviation sector. He stated that 3-D printing technology was being used currently at a smaller scale. He highlighted that in the near future a complete aircraft could be built with 3-D in the future.