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They successfully test in China the prototype of a passenger plane that they hope will fly at a speed 6 times higher than the speed of sound

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It is estimated that the aircraft can reach any destination around the world in less than two hours.

Chinese engineers have completed the first phase of testing the Nanqiang 1, an aircraft unmanned hypersonic for civil use designed to reach up to six times the speed of sound, reports The South China Morning Post.

According to scientists, it is expected that the final version of the aircraft can transport up to 10 passengers to distances greater than 6,000 km at a speed of Mach 6 (six times the speed of sound), enough to reach anywhere on Earth in less than 2 hours .

According to the researchers, the Nanqiang 1 is equipped with a state-of-the-art combined cycle engine, which includes a pair of turbine engines, a small rocket and two engines. air-breathing ramjet’.

When taking off from the runway, the designers point out, the two turbines provide a great thrust at a speed below Mach 2. The small rocket would accelerate the plane up to Mach 4, and the ‘ramjet’ engines would give it the necessary power to reach its cruising speed of Mach 6.

If there are no setbacks, experts hope to complete the manufacture of hypersonic aircraft in less than 6 years. However, said Yin Zeyong, co-author of the research, there are still details to fine-tune, such as the braking and emergency landing systems.

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