China is developing a hypersonic plane that could take passengers anywhere on the planet in an hour or two. Photo: Handout
China is developing a hypersonic plane that could take passengers anywhere on the planet in an hour or two. Photo: Handout
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A Chinese team has tested an engine for hypersonic flight – powered by explosions

  • Run on cheap hydrocarbon fuel, researchers say it achieved stable operation during a simulated low-altitude flight
  • They claim their rotating detonation engine could power a plane or missile at five times the speed of sound or faster

China is developing a hypersonic plane that could take passengers anywhere on the planet in an hour or two. Photo: Handout
China is developing a hypersonic plane that could take passengers anywhere on the planet in an hour or two. Photo: Handout
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