Ungated Post | 19 Sep 2014

Europe, Japan closer to hypersonics tech plan

"A consortium of aerospace companies and research organizations from Japan and the European Union is in the final stages of writing a common technology roadmap toward a super-sonic airliner.

The HIkari consortium is identifying key enabling technologies, drawing up a demand analysis, and agreeing on areas of technical cooperation as it enters the final six months of its two-year research initiative.

The group’s goal is to complete ‘a joint technology and demonstration roadmap showing what the Europe/Japan cooperation will look like and what the economic benefits of this cooperation on high-speed transport may be,’ says Tom Rogers, senior economist with Oxford Economics of Oxford, U.K., a forecasting and modeling company and one of the consortium members…"

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Tokyo to Paris in 3 hours: we’re working on it

"EU and Japanese researchers have teamed up to map a path for developing high-speed air travel. Getting people to their destinations faster in a safe way for a reasonable cost is the goal. They will also look at potential technologies, environmental impact, and other factors to provide a vision of our transport of the future…"

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