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The World's First Supersonic Private Jet Is Totally Going To Change Air Travel

Video: Meet the Aerion AS2. It’s the first supersonic private jet in the world and it just got a 20-unit order from Flexjet, a private air company. It’s going to change the way some people (rich people!) fly because it can hit speeds of Mach 1.5 thus shaving down the hours needed to travel across the world. For example, right now the flight time from London to New York is about 8 hours. In the Aerion AS2, it’d be around 5 and a half.

Hybrid Rocket Test Looks Like Dimensional Portal Sucking Reality Itself

The first time I saw this image I thought of an inter-dimensional portal of evil sucking in reality. It’s actually the test of the Nammo hybrid rocket engine that will power the Bloodhound. If everything goes as planned, the Bloodhound will be the first supersonic car to reach 1609km/h.

Here's How The Wheels Of The Supersonic Car Are Made

When you’re trying to build the fastest car in human history, like the guys making the Bloodhound SSC, you have to make wheels that basically re-invent the wheel. To reach 1000mph and go supersonic, the wheels they’re using weigh over 230 pounds, nearly 3 feet wide and spin four times faster than a F1 car.

A Supersonic Ping Pong Ball Can Destroy A Ping Pong Paddle

Ping pong balls are fragile — they can be easily be crushed with your fingers. Ping pong paddles are really hard — they can easily break your finger bones and do serious damage. With that in mind, watch this video of a supersonic ping pong ball destroying a paddle in slow motion. It’s incredible.

Monster Machines: How NASA's Supercritical Wings Save Airlines Millions Every Year

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, aviation engineers struggled to overcome an important issue: that planes became increasingly difficult to control, the closer they got to the sound barrier. It wasn’t until NASA strapped a pair of custom-made wings onto this fighter that supersonic flight became not just feasible, but downright commonplace.

The First Supersonic Private Jet Has Huge Screens Instead Of Windows

Windows are kind of a drag for aeroplanes — literally. They add extra weight, weaken the body, and generally slow the aircraft down. That’s why the new Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet won’t have any. Instead, passengers get to enjoy their sky-high surroundings on real-time, panoramic video screens.

Five Supersonic Concepts That'll Get You To New York By Tea-Time

The 10th anniversary of Concorde’s last flight sadly means it’s been a decade since your average (albeit wealthy) Joe could travel faster than the speed of sound. Although Concorde isn’t going to be taking off any time soon, these supersonic concepts might fill that sonic-boom sized hole in your heart — and for a damn sight cheaper, too.

Monster Machines: This Nuclear Bomber Could Break The Sound Barrier Twice Over

Delivering a nuclear strike is only the first phase of a mission. Next comes the most important part: hightailing it out of there before the entire area turns to glass. And for crews aboard America’s first supersonic bomber, getting the heck out of Dodge was done at twice the speed of sound.

The Awesome NASA Passenger Plane That Wants To Kill The Sonic Boom

NASA and its partners keep making progress in their quest to design a new passenger airliner that can fly supersonic without making a lot of noise, one of the main problems with the Concorde. And that progress looks space-age awesome.

Red Bull's Chief Engineer Explains Felix Baumgartner's Tech

Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking supersonic jump was an amazing feat of human endeavour. But getting Felix to break the speed of sound caused Red Bull Stratos technical project director Art Thompson some engineering headaches. Here’s how he solved them.

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