American startup Hermeus received a $1.5 million contract from the US Air Force for the preliminary design of a hypersonic liner that could be used to transport the President of the United States.
Aerospace startup Hermeus has won a contract to develop an aircraft that can fly at approximately 6,000 kilometers per hour. Such opportunities will allow you to get from New York to Paris in just 90 minutes. At the same time, onboard a promising machine should be everything necessary for the transportation of the first persons of the state. In total, the plane will be able to accommodate from nine to 19 people.
Hermeus won the contract after designing, manufacturing, and successfully testing a prototype engine capable of propelling the aircraft to hypersonic speed. The company completed testing last March.
Hermeus plans to build an advanced aircraft technology demonstrator over the next five years. The serial version of the aircraft may appear in about ten years.
Hermeus’ plans to develop a hypersonic aircraft became known in 2019. Earlier it was reported that Khosla Ventures had a round of seed money in a startup company.
Now the development of hypersonic aircraft is mainly related to the needs of defense and security. Among the most famous projects is the unmanned SR-72 from Lockheed Martin, which is called the descendant of the SR-71 Blackbird. Most often he is considered as a reconnaissance officer, but some experts believe that the UAV can be used to solve strike missions. Recall also that something similar was presented in 2018 by a competitor to Lockheed Martin – Boeing.
In addition, hypersonic missiles are being actively developed in the United States and other countries. In March, the Americans tested the Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) hypersonic unit, which should form the basis of the complexes created for the US Army and Navy.
The Pentagon recently released a new video demonstrating the capabilities of the C-HGB. Working samples of weapons using the Common Hypersonic Glide Body may appear in the first half of the 2020s.