Germany's Mach 25 Plane Concept - Spaceliner
Flying at 25 Times the Speed of Sound
Germany's Hypersonic Spaceliner
The German Aerospace Research Institute and DLR, Germany's Research Center for Space & Aeronautics, are developing an incredibly fast, hypersonic commercial aircraft concept called Spaceliner. The vehicle will fly at the edge of the Earth's atmosphere, where space, begins at speeds of 25 Mach or 18,527 mph. It would be capable of getting 50 passengers and a 2 person crew from London to Australia in 90 minutes.
Highly Advanced Hypersonic Technology.
Spaceliner is a long range project with the goal of flying passengers by 2040. The hypersonic aircraft is launched on a rocket. A second orbiter releases from the rocket booster stage to carry passengers around the world. The concept is similar to but far more advanced than that of the space shuttle. Virgin Galactic has a similar approach with its space tourism spaceplane, but with speeds of Mach 25 Speedliner would be much faster.
Spaceliner would be powered by liquid oxygen and hydrogen rocket propellant, so that emissions are only water vapor and hydrogen. German developers project two uses for the vehicle. The primary one is suborbital, hypersonic, winged passenger flights. It would cut travel time from Europe to California to 60 minutes. The other role for Spaceliner is as a reusable launch vehicle capable of delivering heavy payloads into space. This incredible aviation technology has been under development for 15 years.