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Hypersonic Magnetar would ferry people halfway across the globe in mere minutes

That's five times the speed of sound
  • This hypersonic jet would be capable of flying at Mach 5
  • Because of the speed and pressure, it features a window-less design
  • It would have a capacity for up 120 passengers

Published on May 15, 2024 at 6:23PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on May 17, 2024 at 6:19PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood

This is the SKY Magnetar, a concept for a hypersonic jet that would be capable of flying at speeds of up to 4,200 mph.

For reference, that’s three times faster than Concorde.

And that means it would theoretically be capable of traveling across the Atlantic in less than an hour.

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The supersonic aircraft concept was designed by Oscar Viñals, the same guy who gave us – among others – the wingless Sky OV and the 4,200-mph Hyper Sting.

Named after a neutron star, the Sky Magnetar is fitted with four wings and two massive engines.

It is 367 feet long, with enough room for 120 passengers sitting in two-by-two rows.

Interestingly, Viñals did not give the plane windows.

He believes that, due to the high speed and pressure level involved, it would be safer to opt for a windowless design.

The windows would be replaced by ‘digital’ windows instead.

The hypersonic jet would be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, a type of technology that would make it significantly more efficient, in terms of fuel consumption as well as emissions, than an average airliner.

The proposed concept would be capable of reaching 4,200+ mph, which is equivalent to Mach 5+, ie over five times the speed of sound.

This sounds far-fetched for now, but maybe in the future, we will be able to see something like this in the sky.

This is not to mention the fact nobody has figured out how to minimize the supersonic boom, which is actually one of the reasons why the Concorde was retired in the first place.

NASA is working on a supersonic aircraft that’s so silent you can’t hear from the ground, but we’re still in the early phases of that project.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

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