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New York to London in Under Two Hours?



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NASA is currently researching a passenger jet capable of traveling between New York City and London in just 90 minutes!
According to USA Today, a jet is in the works that can travel at over 3,000 miles per hour.
A regular passenger plane travels at about 80 percent the speed of sound – or roughly 600 miles per hour, but according to NASA, the new technology will be four times faster than the speed of sound.
“Flying from New York City to London up to four times faster than what’s currently possible may sound like a far-off dream, but NASA is exploring whether the commercial market could support travel at such speeds,” NASA said in a press release reported by USA Today.
NASA’s Advanced Air Vehicles Program (AAVP) is moving into the next phase of the high-speed travel research, which includes issuing two 12-month contracts to companies to develop concept designs and technology roadmaps. The roadmaps will explore air travel possibilities, outline risks and challenges, and identify needed technologies to make Mach 2-plus travel a reality.
Boeing is leading the first team, with partners Exosonic, GE Aerospace, Georgia Tech Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, and others. Northrop Grumman Aeronautics System leads the second team, with partners Blue Ridge Research and Consulting, Boom Supersonic, and Rolls-Royce North American Technologies.
Once the industry engagement phase is completed, NASA and its industry and academic partners will decide whether to continue the research with their own investments.