Wednesday, March 22

Jungfrau: a zero-emission hydrogen hypersonic aircraft | Digital Trends Spanish

The Swiss company Destinus is developing Jungfrau, an innovative autonomous hypersonic aircraft that would be capable of reaching speeds of Mach 15 through its hydrogen engine that does not generate emissions during flights.

According to the company, this vehicle will be a hybrid between an airplane and a rocket, and will be able to take off and land horizontally from traditional airports.

In addition, its liquid hydrogen fueled jet engine will only emit water, making it a good sustainable alternative for the air transport sector.

The idea of ​​its creators is that Jungfrau can reach a speed of Mach 15 at 60 kilometers high. Thanks to this, the plane will be able to transport cargo between continents in less than two hours.

“This year we plan to start ground and flight tests of the ATR (air turbojet) engines with hydrogen as fuel, which we developed ourselves,” explains Mikhail Kokorich, CEO of the company.

The Jungfrau hypersonic aircraft from Destinus.

“Like a turbojet, the ATR engine is an air-breathing jet engine. Due to its parameters, it is a suitable engine for both the subsonic and supersonic phases of flight of our ‘hyperplane’”, he adds.

If they get it to work, the first use of the prototype will be to carry emergency goods anywhere in the world thanks to its payload capacity of close to a tonne.

The next goal for Destinus will be to use this same technology to build passenger hyperplanes that can fly tens to hundreds of people from Europe to Australia in just 90 minutes.

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