Industrial designer Charles Bombardier has come up with a new concept plane called the Antipode. Using rocket boosters, a scramjet and an aerodynamic technique called long penetration mode, it could theoretically fly from London to New York in 11 minutes.
Detachable cabin —
Ukrainian inventor Vladimir Tatarenko has come up with a concept for a plane with a cabin that can eject itself in the event of an aviation emergency. Some experts questions whether it's viable.
SART researchers at the Institute of Space Systems in Bremen, Germany, unveiled their SpaceLiner concept last year. This hypersonic jet could potentially travel from London to Melbourne in 90 minutes.
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The Skreemr concept design sparked debate in 2015. Its designers claim that it could travel at speeds as fast as Mach 10, reaching New York from London in 30 minutes.
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Self-healing planes —
Last year, a team from Bristol University in England developed technology that could repair cracks on an aircraft in a similar way that human skin heals. The researchers say it could be introduced in five to ten years.