A company by the name of HyperMach Aerospace recently announced a major new configuration for their SonicStar supersonic business jet. Range on the aircraft has now been increased to more than 6,500 nautical miles and, more importantly, the aircraft’s top speed has been upped by more than 10 percent, to Mach 4.5. Considering the Concorde had a top speed of about Mach 2, that would obviously be a huge increase.
The new version of the supersonic business jet would seat up to 32 passengers and feature a V-tail with swooped delta wings.Work has also started on the 65,000-pound-thrust (!!!) H-Magjet 4400 hybrid turbofan ramjet engines, which are being developed (but not manufactured) by a sister company company SonicBlue Aerospace.
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HyperMach expects to unveil a full-scale engine mockup next year probably at the Dubai Airshow. The redesign has pushed estimated first flight out to 2022, but certification and entry into service are still expected in 2025. HyperMach plans to start taking orders for the $180 million SonicStar business jet some time next year.
Source: AIN Online