Hermeus announces plan to build the fastest aircraft in the world

Hermeus concept for a Mach 5 aircraft.

Enlarge / Hermeus concept
for a Mach 5 aircraft. (credit: Hermeus)

A new aerospace company has entered the race to provide
supersonic commercial air travel. On Monday, a US-based company
named Hermeus announced plans to develop an aircraft that will
travel at speeds of up to Mach 5. Such an aircraft would cut travel
time from New York to Paris from more than 7 hours to 1.5
hours.

Hermeus said it has raised an initial round of funding led by
Khosla Ventures, but it declined to specify the amount. This
funding will allow Hermeus to develop a propulsion demonstrator and
other initial technologies needed to make its supersonic aircraft a
reality, Skyler Shuford, the company’s chief operating officer,
told Ars.

The announcement follows three years after another company, Boom
Supersonic,
declared its own
intentions to develop faster-than-sound
aircraft. As of January 2019, Boom had raised more than $140
million toward development of its Overture airliner, envisioned to
travel at Mach 2.2, which is about 10 percent faster than the
Concorde traveled.

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Hermeus announces plan to build the fastest aircraft in the world