To me, a low hypersonic M5-8 is more reasonable for transports than in the teens or more; half my concentration is there. I'm not an advocate for spaceplane-ism.
Interesting replies folks, especially no American carriers or the now [in]famous EK
and their obcession with widebodies...
|Quoting EGTESkyGod (Reply 3):|
I would like to see a SUPERsonic airliner again in the near future, before we even think about HYPERsonic!!
You know there is talk of skipping supersonic straight to high-hypersonic to bypass the sonic boom issue, I don't see the logic. Any aircraft leaving a traditional airport will have to accelerate above suburbia before it gets high enough for the boom to become negligible. Without any low-boom technology researched, IMO, there is no point.
I'm an advocate for low-boom technology, the other half.
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