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Startup is building a hydrogen-powered hypersonic plane that can travel at 5x the speed of sound

By: April Carson

The startup is working on a revolutionary concept for air travel: the hydrogen-powered hypersonic plane. By utilizing cutting-edge technology, this aircraft will be capable of reaching speeds up to five times the speed of sound. This represents an unprecedented level of convenience and comfort, as passengers could reach their destinations much faster than with traditional airliners. In addition, the use of hydrogen fuel instead of traditional fossil fuels will also reduce emissions and provide a more sustainable form of air travel.

A Swiss start-up called Destinus is creating a hydrogen-powered passenger jet that can travel at hypersonic speed. The goal of the project is to reduce travel time to just over four hours. According to the start-up, the jet will offer versatility, affordability, and less noise while enabling passengers to reach any part of the world within three to four hours. In the past few years, the company has been working on testing its prototype Eiger. They reported successful test flights at the end of 2022.

Recently, Destinus received grants amounting to 26.7 million Euros (about $30 million) for two projects from Spain’s Ministry of Science. These projects are part of the Spanish government's efforts to create supersonic flights powered by hydrogen. The company plans to continue working on the development of its hypersonic jet and make it available for commercial use in the future.

Destinus shared that they are conducting tests on a gaseous hydrogen post-combustion jet engine, and also working on developing other engine technologies that use cryogenic fuels like liquid hydrogen. These technologies will be tested thoroughly on land in the next year and then integrated into their next supersonic prototype, Destinus-3, which will be launched in 2024. The agency in charge of the government's program, Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico e Industrial, chose Destinus' project as a strategic initiative for its Plan de Tecnologías Aeronáuticas (PTA).

The goal of the PTA is to increase air travel efficiency and reduce fuel consumption. "We are proud to be a part of the PTA initiative and to have our project chosen as one of its strategic initiatives. This is a great opportunity for us and for the industry, as it will help advance the development of new technologies and more efficient air travel," said Andres Aguilar, CEO of Destinus.

Davide Bonetti, VP of Business Development and Products for Destinus, expressed his joy for being granted these funds. He noted that this grant is a signal that Destinus is in line with Spain and Europe's strategic objectives in advancing hydrogen flight. "As a deep tech company, we rely on the EU recovery funds to conduct advanced research and speed up innovation to stay competitive globally. The grants will help us bring hydrogen-based solutions for aeronautical mobility closer to reality."

Destinus and ITP Aero have formed a partnership to construct a test facility for hydrogen engines in Spain. The grant money will be used to build the facility near Madrid, where the air-breathing hydrogen engines will undergo testing. Destinus has received a second grant of $16.5 million to support research in the development of its liquid hydrogen-powered propulsion system. However, it is important to note that Destinus' hypersonic aircraft is still in the early stages of development and is not yet ready to transport passengers. "The research and development of our liquid hydrogen propulsion system is a major milestone for Destinus," said CEO Vijay Kumar. "Our team is working tirelessly to make it possible for passengers to travel faster than ever before, at speeds up to Mach 5." He continued, "We believe this will revolutionize the way people move around the world."

Destinus is continuing to work closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other international aviation authorities to ensure safety standards are met as its technology advances. The company plans to conduct a series of test flights in the near future, with passenger service planned to commence by 2025. With Destinus' hypersonic plane, passengers could travel from New York to Tokyo in less than an hour. This would be a major leap forward for the aerospace industry and have far-reaching implications for global mobility.

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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on

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