"A rocket-plane that could fly from Vancouver to Tokyo in three hours instead of 10 has been patented by Airbus."

"Airbus said the plane would be targeted mainly at business travel and VIP passengers 'who require transcontinental return journeys within one day,' and at the military."

"[…] the supersonic plane could carry 20 passengers or two to three tonnes and reach up to 4.5 times the speed of sound (Mach 4.5) — around 5,500 kilometres per hour."

"[…] its main improvement […] is that it reduces the noise of the sonic boom — a loud bang caused by shockwaves created by an object moving faster than the speed of sound."

From +CBC Newshttp://ow.ly/QwyhJ

Airbus patents supersonic plane that could hit Mach 4.5
A supersonic rocket-plane that could theoretically fly from New York to London in an hour has been patented by Airbus.

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