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Boeing Working On Hypersonic Plane

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Boeing Working On Hypersonic Plane

Boeing wants to make a passenger plane that can shuttle customers around the globe at five times the speed of sound.

Boeing says the jet could get you anywhere in the world in just one to three hours. With top speeds exceeding 3,800 miles per hour, the trek from New York to London, for example, could take 120 minutes. Currently the trip takes around seven hours, according to CNN.

Boeing (BA), the world's largest aircraft manufacturer, says the concept is still in the early stages of development. Key technical challenges will need to be solved before the company will even produce a prototype, Boeing spokesperson Brianna Jackson said Wednesday.

It's possible the concept could become a reality in 20 to 30 years, Jackson said in an email.

"Developments takes years to complete, and even more so with a technology that requires additional testing and refinement as we work to understand how it might fit into the market place," she said.

Boeing is serious about hypersonic and has been testing ultra-fast technology for decades, Jackson said.

And this concept is just one of several in the works. Earlier this year, Boeing unveiled a design for an autonomous hypersonic drone that could be used by the military for surveillance.

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