The faster, the better, indeed.
A Chinese company is developing a supersonic jet that would allow passengers to travel from New York to China in less than an hour.
Space Transportation is the company that developed the jet. It claims to be constructing a rocket "with wings" for space tourism and point-to-point flight.
The supersonic project is set to bring a new dimension of flight in the commercial flight industry and put China on the world map.
According to Space.com, the aircraft will also be utilized as a supersonic business jet capable of connecting any two spots on Earth. a flight from Beijing to New York would set a new record in terms of transporting people from one city to another.
A forecast published in 2021 shows that global space tourism is expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2027.
On the website of Space Transportation, a CGI demonstration depicts people boarding a plane linked to a glider wing by two rocket boosters.
After takeoff, the aircraft detaches from the wing and flies through suborbital space. The wing and boosters then re-enter the launch pad, while the jet continues to its objective, vertically landing.
A representative for the company disclosed that the winged rocket will have lower operational expenses than "rockets carrying satellites and will be faster than a conventional aircraft."
In 2017, SpaceX developed a similar concept called "Earth to Earth," which was derived from its "BFR" concept, which was originally intended to take passengers to Mars.
Earth to Earth is a city-to-city passenger transit system utilizing Starship rockets. Since then, the company has made no further announcements concerning the project.
In September of last year, SpaceX successfully launched the first all-civilian space voyage from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The mission, codenamed Inspiration4, began without incident, with a reusable Falcon 9 rocket launching into space shortly after 8 p.m. EDT with a crew of four.
Virgin Galactic Chief Executive Officer Sir Richard Branson had an 11-minute suborbital flight last summer, formally launching the space tourism industry.
Last August, Space Transportation announced that it had collected $46.4 million for its supersonic space plane, which the company claims will travel at approximately 2,600 miles per hour.
Additionally, the business stated that it had performed successful test flights on rockets dubbed Tianxing 1 and Tianxing 2, but did not offer details on the flights.
By 2023, Space Transport intends to conduct land experiments. It aims to carry out the supersonic jet's first flight in 2024, followed by a crewed flight in 2025.