Supersonic Planes: Is this the next big thing?
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Supersonic Planes: Is this the next big thing?

Supersonic Planes: Is this the next big thing?

A Supersonic aircraft is an aircraft able to fly faster than speed of sound (Mach 1).  In the second half of the twentieth century, supersonic planes were developed and have been used mostly for military and research purposes. There are many countries who have managed to develop their very own supersonic aircraft carriers. At speeds beyond about five times the velocity (Mach 5), The term hypersonic flight is employed. An object travelling through Earth’s atmosphere at supersonic speed generates a sonic boom; i.e., a shock wave heard on the ground as a sound like a loud explosion. 


The only supersonic civilian aircraft to see service were the Soviet produced Tupolev Tu-144 which first flew in 1968 and was retired in 1997; and the Franco-British produced Concorde, which first flew in 1969 and remained in service until 2003. Since 2003, there have been no supersonic civilian aircraft in service.

 

Supersonic business jets (SSBJ) are a proposed class of small supersonic aircraft. None has yet flown.
Projects for both large-scale and business jet (see lower) passenger supersonic and hypersonic airliners (Aerion SBJ, Hyper Mach Sonic star, Next Generation Supersonic Transport, Tupolev Tu-444, Gulfstream X- 54, LAPCAT, Reaction Engines A2, Zero Emission Hyper Sonic Transport, Space Liner, etc) were proposed and now are under development.

Different supersonic transports at its images

 



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