The sky's the limit for air travel as hi-tech planes could drop you off at your own door
Published 25/10/2011 | 05:00
PLANES travelling at five times the speed of sound and an aircraft system that delivers passengers to or near their front door could come to pass in the last part of this century, according to a report issued yesterday.
The ideas were published in the report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME).
Looking towards 2075 and beyond, it discussed ideas which could represent the future of air travel, including:
•"Scramjet" planes able to fly at around five times the speed of sound (around 4,000mph).
•A "flying wing" design, where the plane's fuselage, wings and engine are blended together.
•The "aircraft carrier" system, in which a large aircraft carries individual units that can be released over a destination and float down to the designated area where the passenger needs to go.