Will there be a roaring 20s in aviation?

  • 24 October 2003
  • 8 July 2011
  • 14 February 2019
  • October 25, 2019

A new horizon

The dark ages are now, but the renaissance is on the horizon. Will there be a roaring 20s in aviation this decade?

Lilium

Flying taxis (eVTOL) will not set bar with new top speeds. They will however bring competition on the short range. One of the most promising is a prototype of the German company Lilium.

Lilium-1

Gulfstream

Gulfstream creates business passenger jets. Its current model 650ER has already very decent specs. It made a 9,642-mile (15,518-km) flight at an average speed of Mach 0.78, or around 597 mph/960 km/h.

Aerion Supersonic

Aerion AS2

Spike Aerospace

Spike Aerospace is currently testing its Demonstrator prototype to finally release their consumer model, the S-512.

Spike SX-1 Demonstrator

Boom Supersonic

Boom Supersonic is the third contender to follow in the footsteps of the Concorde. Spike announced its Demonstrator in 2017 and Boom Supersonic was one year ahead in 2016 with its XB-1 Demonstrator prototype.

Boom Supersonic XB-1

Virgin Galactic

The experience of Rolls Royce is also used for the development of a passenger aircraft of Virgin Galactic. This in addition to its cooperation with NASA.

Virgin Galactic Prototype

Blue Origin

SpaceX

SpaceX is the furthest as it developed proven-technologies that can take a crew of 2 already to the ISS. The ultimate goal is a bus line between the earth and Mars for hundreds of passengers. It also has a vision for earth to earth travel with hypersonic rockets.

Beyond

In fall 2020 Microsoft added virtual reality support to the game Flight Simulator. If they also add one of the above mentioned planes than we can fly them with supersonic speeds ourselves to any virtual place in the world.

Summary

Virtual travelling is what we already do during Covid-19 pandemic. It’s fast and cheap. Secretly we all just want the real thing: flying cars, supersonic jets and space rockets. After the pandemic is over I hope to board one of these planes. Their specs are summarized in the following table:

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