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  Supersonic transport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A supersonic transport (SST) is a civil aircraft designed to transport passengers at speeds greater than the speed of sound.
Reaching supersonic speeds requires a considerable amount of power to overcome wave drag, a powerful form of drag that starts at about Mach 0.8 and ends around Mach 1.2, the so-called transonic speed range.
It seemed that there was a good argument for supersonic speeds on medium and long-ranged flights at least, where the increased speed and potential good economy once supersonic would offset the tremendous amount of fuel needed to overcome the wave drag and get there in the first place.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Supersonic_travel   (1732 words)

 A31/98 : Air Travel - Voyagers and related matters
If personnel operate through other travel agents, the person making the reservation must indicate the preference number concerned; this procedure will ensure that the discount is forwarded to the party that generated such discount.
Travel agents are from time to time invited to tender for handling the University’s travel reservations.
University personnel who travel frequently and who can therefore make constructive contributions towards the evaluation process, are invited to put forward the names of organisations who can be approached to tender for the University’s flight reservations.
www.up.ac.za /services/finance/docs/engels/a3198eng.html   (1096 words)

 Guardian | A whoosh, a flip and a bang: the future of supersonic travel goes up in smoke
A prototype Japanese jet intended to revolutionise supersonic travel between continents ended in a pile of smouldering debris yesterday when it spiralled out of control on a firing range in the Australian outback and exploded.
A 1:10 scale model of what Tokyo calls the national experimental supersonic transport (NEXST-1) was attached to a rocket which was built to thrust it to a speed of 1,522 mph and a height of 12.5 miles.
While supersonic research in most other countries is focused on small executive jets, Japan aims to build a plane that can carry 300 people 6,800 miles, at speeds of more than 1,240 mph.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4461443-103681,00.html   (948 words)

 Travel Guide - Online Reservation - Warsaw Accommodation
In gases sound travels longitudinally at different speeds, mostly depending on the molecular mass and temperature of the gas; whilst pressure has a much smaller effect.
Supersonic fracture is crack motion faster than the speed of sound in a brittle material.
Supersonic aerodynamics are simpler than subsonic ones because the airsheets at different points along the plane often can't affect each other.
www.warsaw-hotel.info /poland-guide/Supersonic   (795 words)

 Supersonic Travel Ltd - About The Company   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Supersonic Travel is probably unique in that all of our various clients have joined us through recommendation and in 39 years we have never had the need to advertise our services.
We are extremely conscious that travellers and their secretaries do not wish to spend a disproportionate amount of time waiting for the telephone to be answered.
We at Supersonic Travel believe that we are able to maintain the highest possible standard of service to our clients regardless of location.
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 USATODAY.com - Travel - News - Money-eating Concorde retires as first and last of the supersonic line   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Suddenly a costly, fuel-hungry supersonic plane was an unnecessary luxury, and a series of purchase options by airlines — which had peaked a few years earlier at 74 — were canceled.
The next supersonic passenger plane will most likely be a smaller corporate jet, with U.S. firm Gulfstream reportedly ready to launch one as soon as the next few years.
Boeing meanwhile has abandoned the near-supersonic Sonic Cruiser and is pinning its hopes on the 7E7, a planned mid-sized jet marketed for economy and the ability to land at smaller airports.
www.usatoday.com /travel/news/2003/10/22-concorde.htm   (623 words)

 New York Post Online Edition: learncenter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Supersonic travel has been around for more than 50 years.
Supersonic planes were already being used by the military.
In 1969, a committee was formed to study supersonic travel, but two years later, President Richard Nixon signed a bill that ended America's supersonic program.
www.nypost.com /learncenter/cextra/121603/class.htm   (943 words)

 Supersonic transport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
In Europe, government-subsidized SST programs quickly settled on the delta wing in most studies, including the Sud Aviation Super-Caravelle and Bristol 223, although Armstrong-Whitworth proposed a more radical design, the Mach 1.2.
The most recent reports of a supersonic business jet were of a Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works project [2] (http://www.discussanything.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-65889.html).
Supersonic Transport Aircraft (SST) - Technology Readiness and Development Risks (http://users.forthnet.gr/ath/gs/hsct.htm)
www.bucyrus.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Supersonic_travel   (1770 words)

 The Business of Travel - November 2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
In the most bizarre twist, inspectors were prevented from examining the metal strip, which fell off another aircraft and cut the tyre of the supersonic jet on take-off, triggering the chain of events that led to the catastrophic fire, for "weeks" after the crash.
Mr George says a future without supersonic travel is unimaginable and would lead to a "unique" situation where an industry actually fails to advance its technology.
Business jet manufacturers such as Dassault of France, which has plenty of expertise in building high-performance, supersonic jet fighters, and US competitor Gulfstream are actively considering supersonic commercial projects, and they appear the most likely guardians of supersonic commercial flight.
specials.ft.com /businessoftravel/november00/FT3DVPJ5UFC.html   (1095 words)

 Concorde-Farewell, 2nd Writethru……………………….. #####..REUSE STORY ID..!!!!...####   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
LONDON (AP) - The Concorde bowed out Friday with a spectacular triple-landing finale, closing an era of supersonic passenger travel and leaving the skies to the slower, cheaper jets that proved to be the future of air travel.
Three supersonic planes glided into Heathrow Airport within minutes of one another, a majestic send-off for an aircraft that was a technological marvel but an expensive commercial dud.
The travellers who disembarked onto a red carpet took pictures of the plane and each other, and model Christie Brinkley said fellow passengers cheered when the jet touched down.
www.cp.org /premium/ONLINE/member/travel/031024/u102421A.html   (847 words)

 Geek.com Geek News - Concorde successor in the works?
Many people saw this as the end for supersonic flight in the near future; however, a successor to the high speed plane may be in the works at European giant EADS.
A new supersonic plane would not be limited to routes due to noise levels or have a relatively small amount of seats.
The next trend in long distance air travel is ultra luxury, ultra comfortable cabins, almost like air cruises, which allow you to travel in more comfort, with ammenities such as showers, spas, and fully flat beds.
www.geek.com /news/geeknews/2003Nov/gee20031125022813.htm   (2681 words)

 hackwriters.com - Farewell Concorde - Stewart Mandy mourns the passing of the supersonic era
The arrival of the flight was the choreographed finale of a day-long farewell to the supersonic jet.
All mourned the passing of what had become the transatlantic shuttle of a wealthy elite, on which those able to pay $12,000 for a return flight were served two different vintages of champagne and smoked salmon with caviar for breakfast.
The sad part is the end of the era of supersonic passenger travel; the Concorde having endured years beyond it’s only competitor, the Soviet TU-144 which was withdrawn from service well before the breakup of the Soviet Union.
www.hackwriters.com /Concorde.htm   (854 words)

 Aerospace Notebook: Booms are a bust for supersonic travel
But even though supersonic commercial flight is grounded for now with the end of Concorde, it is far from dead.
"Development of supersonic civil aircraft cannot continue until the criteria and processes to certify these vehicles for supersonic overland flight are established," Cappuccio said in Lockheed Martin's submission to the FAA.
Boeing's efforts to develop a supersonic jetliner that would have been bigger and faster than the Concorde ended in 1971 when the program was killed by Congress over environmental and cost concerns.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /business/146894_air05.html   (898 words)

 Ushering in the Age of Supersonic Travel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Today, Dr. Spencer Kuo, professor of electrical engineering, is pushing the boundaries of plasma physics to move supersonic travel into the 21st century.
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Air Force, Kuo's work is expected to help auger in an era of supersonic planes the size of Boeing 747s and large rockets that use smaller, cheaper engines to loft heavy payloads into space.
But Kuo reasons that even a large plane can accelerate to supersonic speeds if it is able to disrupt the molecular structure of the air around the nose and dissipate the wall of energy.
www.poly.edu /glance/research.cfm?men=m11   (455 words)

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 Supersonic Aerospace International :: Supersonic Aerospace International to Revolutionize Air Travel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
After three and one-half years of work, Supersonic Aerospace International (SAI) today revealed that it has successfully confirmed the design for the Quiet Small Supersonic Transport (QSST) which will facilitate transcontinental and intercontinental supersonic travel.
The QSST is the only jet with a patented design to produce an aerodynamically shaped sonic boom signature making it possible to secure legal permission to fly supersonic over populated land areas throughout the world.
SAI was founded by J. Michael Paulson in 2001 for the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust to carry on the vision of his father, Allen Paulson, legendary aviation pioneer.
sev.prnewswire.com /airlines-aviation/20041012/LATU05212102004-1.html   (640 words)

 CNN.com - Supersonic travel: Down, but not out - August 16, 2000
But experts -- including Orlebar -- also agree that the type of supersonic experience offered by the Concorde -- noisy, gas-guzzling and prohibitively costly for all but the highest flyers -- is an antiquated model ill-suited to a modern world of cut-throat airline competition and tighter environmental codes.
But its British and French engineers were loath to let budgetary constraints thwart their ambition of building a passenger aircraft that could leave London as the sun came up and arrive in New York in time for breakfast.
For $4 billion, the developers got a fleet of 16 supersonics, of which only 14 were earmarked for commercial flights.
archives.cnn.com /2000/WORLD/europe/08/16/supersonic.future   (1145 words)

 info - supersonic air travel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The Concorde crash and a year of debate about whether or not it should take to the skies has been a devastating blow to...
As a result, air travel has remained at subsonic levels, which means that no one and no thing can travel...
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www.bmgl.co.uk /supersonic_air_travel.html   (337 words)

For the average air traveller who flies regularly on business, a trip of three hours' duration is just about the limit before boredom begins to set in.
This kind of day return trip is not just a gimmick; a businessman in any of these cities will be able to travel to the "city pair", do several hours of work and be back in his own bed before midnight without ever moving out of his normal bodily rhythm.
In the end, we come back to the basic point that the supersonic age inaugurated by Concorde will be a new era in transport, an era of easier and speedier world communication that will benefit everyone.
www.concordesst.com /history/eh6.html   (1618 words)

 USATODAY.com - Travel - News - Concordes make final landing at Heathrow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Air France grounded its supersonic fleet in May. British Airways says it will announce next week what museums and other sites will get its fleet of seven Concordes —; which could mean one or more might fly again to its final destinations.
It was a bittersweet end to nearly 28 years of commercial supersonic travel.
For years it was the favorite form of Europe-to-America travel for celebrities and high-powered executives.
www.usatoday.com /travel/news/2003/10/24-concorde.htm   (897 words)

 NOVA | Transcripts | Supersonic Spies | PBS
Although this design was optimal during supersonic flight, it made the jet less stable at slower speeds, resulting in rough higher-speed landings.
In supersonic flight, all the noise is contained within shock waves which surround the airplane, so that when a supersonic airplane comes toward you, you hear nothing until you get all the noise collected together, as it were.
In the beginning, supersonic travel was a product of political rivalry, a technological competition to advance national prestige.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/nova/transcripts/2503supersonic.html   (5708 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | Air travel: A supersonic future?
MP Tony Benn, the former Labour minister for technology who oversaw the development of Concorde, says the project was a triumph of innovation and co-operation.
The likelihood is that you can't, that's the penalty of supersonic travel," says Mr Johnson.
Aviation experts estimate a supersonic jet with the passenger capacity and range to attract paying customers would cost £12bn to design and require international co-operation.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk/852087.stm   (759 words)

 CNN.com - Mini-Concordes 'future of supersonic travel' - August 24, 2000
LONDON (CNN) -- A new generation of mini-Concordes could be the future of supersonic travel, Rolls-Royce chairman Sir Ralph Robins, has told CNN.com.
There has been speculation that it could mean the end of supersonic travel - with some aviation experts claiming the noisy, gas-guzzling and highly-expensive Concorde is out of step with the modern world of cut-throat airline competition and strict environmental regulations.
Sir Ralph said it is technically possible to create a second generation of supersonic plane, capable of carrying 300 people, but it could be too expensive to make commercial sense.
edition.cnn.com /2000/WORLD/europe/08/24/britain.rolls/index.html   (412 words)

 Supersonic Commercial Air Travel
Supersonic 2 Supersonic Commercial Air Travel When you think of supersonic commercial air travel the Concorde probably comes to mind.
There was also another that was not as successful as the Concorde therefore it often goes unmentioned in the realm of supersonic commercial air travel; it is the Tu-144 Tupolev, the Russian’s attempt at being the first to offer supersonic commercial travel.
Both airframes experienced numerous setbacks, of them the most importantly noted were there efficiency, the sonic boom they produced at supersonic speeds, and most importantly their price.
www.radessays.com /link.php?site=re&aff=r2c2&dest=viewpaper.php?request=51768   (252 words)

 Is the age of supersonic passenger travel well and truly over?
Because the cost of developing a new supersonic plane is so high, the big industry players are likely to avoid it for at least the next 30 years, adds Prang.
Concorde was not the first supersonic passenger aircraft to fly.
One problem Concorde has always faced is a ban from flying supersonic over land, because of the deafening sonic boom it produces.
www.buzzle.com /editorials/4-21-2003-39370.asp   (557 words)

 Boston.com / Travel / Consumer reports
Unfortunately, very few travelers will be able to share that experience for the foreseeable future: Regular Concorde fares are stratospherically high, and the outlook for a more efficient supersonic transport is dim.
Normally, at a regular fare in excess of $5,000, Concorde travel is the exclusive province of rock stars, pro athletes and business travelers whose companies have bottomless travel-expense pockets.
The only new supersonic civilian airplane we're likely to see in the next 10 to 20 years will be a small model for corporate use.
graphics.boston.com /travel/consumer/news/1999/0219.shtml   (666 words)

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