LAPCAT will fly you from Sydney to Brussels in four hours



I’m a bit nervous about travelling in 777 jumbos after events at Heathrow last week, but even so, I’d be even more nervous about getting in a plane called LAPCAT. Even if it does stand for Long-Term Advanced Propulsion Concepts and Technologie. Maybe it’ll have a companion jet called HANDBAGDOG too.

Anyway, LAPCAT has been funded by the European Space Agency, and it’s a hypersonic jet that apparently makes Concorde look like a rusty old Robin Reliant. Not least because it’s powered by hydrogen, making it as green as it is speedy. It can also withstand velocities of up to five times the speed of sound, and seats 300 passengers.

Admittedly, it’s a concept project, with the aim of working out if planes really can fly from Sydney to Brussels in four hours, so you won’t be strapping yourself into one just yet. Hopefully, the project will lead to a commercial airliner. Which isn’t named after a feline.

LAPCAT website (via Inhabitat)

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