A NEW hypersonic jet that can travel five times the speed of sound is being developed, according to reports.
“The Hermes team is well positioned to disrupt the hypersonic industry”
Aerospace company Hermeus appeared to have been given funding to develop an ultra-fast commercial plane in the next 10 years.
It confirmed to have raised initial funding led by Khosla Ventures but did not specify the amount.
Hermes said the aircraft it is developing would travel up to 3,300 mph, which would be achieved by using existing tech.
These speeds could mean future passengers could reveal from London to New York in little over 90 minutes.
The plane would be built using titanium and a test aircraft is expected to be built within five years.
Skyler Shuford, Hermeus’s chief operating officer said: “We aren’t getting into anything too miraculous. We want to do engineering, not science.”
To achieve its goals, Hermeus has been staffed with ex-members from Blue Origin – an aerospace company backed by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos. as well as with former employees of Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Rob Meyerson, the former president for Blue Origin, predicted Hermeus would have an impact on the industry.
He added: “With experience from the best of New Space companies, the Hermes team is well positioned to disrupt the hypersonic industry.”
The announcement comes as various companies across the globe continue to develop hypersonic aircraft.
Daily Star Online previously revealed how China tested a hypersonic plane that could carry “unstoppable” nuclear warheads at speeds of up to 4,563mph.
The team of scientist conducted the first successful flight test of the Starry Sky-2 at a secret location in northwest China, last year.
China’s cutting-edge aircraft was fired into space using its unique shockwave propulsion system, known as a waverer.