Zero Emission ZEHST Plane (Video)
Time has become one of the most defining parameters in today’s era of globalization. No doubt, passenger jets managed to cut down on transit times, but the end-users have always desired more. However, one of the latest technological breakthroughs that might significantly change air travel is ZEHST (Zero Emission Hypersonic Transportation), the plane designed by EADS, Airbus’s parent company. Designed to reach speeds of about 3,125 mph, almost four times the speed of sound, the ZEHST is practically the first hypersonic passenger jet with the only drawback that you have to wait little to long for it as it might take about 40 years before it finally comes into being.
Beckoned as the heir to Concorde, the ZEHST is an eco-friendly aircraft designed to be powered by bio-fuels got from seaweeds, viz. hydrogen and oxygen and utilizes technology that is currently used only in missiles. No doubt this hampers the normal standing start air crafts take, but then this has been offset by using conventional jet engines which can give a start even from a normal airport runway without producing any sonic boom like the Concorde does.
Further, once airborne, rocket engines and ramjets help it soar above the atmosphere and achieve speeds greater than Mach 4 without being a bit noisy. The supersonic plane runs on seaweed and has been designed to be taken up by conventional engines after gliding. Recently unveiled at the Paris Air Show, while aviation experts were in praise of the hypersonic aircraft’s speed, eco-friendliness and airworthiness, they had serious doubts over its limited seating capability of only a 100 passengers as it could act as a significant impediment to its overall success and economical viability.
No doubt, it would take just about two hours to reach London from Tokyo, or maybe just 20 minutes from Malaga in Southern Spain to London, but then considering its seating limitations attracting investors might just as well be a big problem. With its company based at Toulouse, France; the aircraft promises a technology that might as well change the face of travel provided it matches the cost economics of designing and flying. Let’s hope it does and sooner at it as well!