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Friday, August 26, 2005



Japan Testing Supersonic Airliner


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(New Scientists Space) Japan plans to test a supersonic aircraft prototype in the Australian desert as early as September.

During the test, located at the Woomera test range, the uncrewed aircraft will ride atop a solid-fuel booster rocket and will approach Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound), a spokesman for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) told the Associated Press.

One of the aims of the Japanese is to shorten travel time between continents which would provide a real bonus for travelers as it would reduce the feeling of "jet lag" once in country. JAXA is planning on introducing these jets within the market as early as 2015 and if successfully launched will enable a flight from Tokyo to New York to transpire in six hours.

On 14 June 2005, Japan and France signed an agreement to develop jointly a new supersonic commercial jet. The three-year research plan includes developing lightweight composite materials.

On a side note the Japanese are not only interested in reducing the weight of this new airliner (not to mention wing drag) but also make this jet environmentally friendly as well. They plan on doing this by reducing the emissions from flights and reducing the noise pollution as these jets are known mostly for the noise they make.

Hopefully the Americans will come up with something similar because if they are unable to match their Asian/Euro competitors, then the airline industry may simply find itself out of business.



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