The ZEHST: 3,000 MPH, Zero Emissions Airplane Of 2050

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    Jun 20, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    If only this would come faster:

    http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/06/20/zehst/

    This would allow for a London to southern Spain flight of just 20 minutes. London to Istanbul would take 30. London to Tokyo? A mere 2 hours.

    The plane is said to be fueled by seaweed-made biofuel, which is comprised of just hydrogen and oxygen and emits just water vapor. The Zehst is just a concept but one that’s been in the works for a while.





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    Jun 20, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    i would def. ride that
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    Jun 20, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    icon_cry.gif It's a cool plane; but it'll never get past the concept phase. I immediately see a laundry list of logistics, design, and economic problems with such a plane that'll have to be addressed first before it'll be viable.
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    Jun 20, 2011 10:56 PM GMT

    Made my day.

    Conversation in the office hallway , 2040:

    A: So what are your plans for the long weekend?

    B: Hmm. I was thinking about going to Australia.

    A: Fair enough.


    Now add this to my pet project - 1,000 kmph plus high speed rail!
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    Jun 20, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
    Hopefully they'll incorporate the ability for low earth orbit in the final design, making it even faster. With space travel getting closer to being commercially available, that would be the way to go.
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    Jun 20, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidHopefully they'll incorporate the ability for low earth orbit in the final design, making it even faster. With space travel getting closer to being commercially available, that would be the way to go.
    That's probably the smartest move available.

    Although a collision with a satellite would suck. That would mean there goes my showtime channel Spike TV. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 21, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    Ehhh.......not sure I want to travel that fast. If something happened in mid-air, you would be vaporized! Cool concept though.
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    Jun 21, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    It's going to be expensive as all hell, like the Concorde.
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    Jun 21, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    Thanks for posting and I would definitely ride it, but as always -the biggest problem will be capital investment and major airlines to buy into...most usually side with the manufacturers. We saw how the Concorde was suppose to be a big success, but not only was the technology far ahead, but the noise abatement rules killed it in major airports to land, not to mentioned fuel costs. We just need a couple of Richard Branson's with enough capital and bravado to move it forward through private equity and investment to make it happen.
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    Jun 21, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    Hope I get to ride it one day.
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    Jun 21, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    Yeah, this reminds me of the Concorde.
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    Jun 21, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    Big problem... None of this addresses

    Those smiling happy people sitting comfortably in the super jet... Well you know that unpleasant pushed against our seat feeling of G-forces when your plane takes off... Well imagine if it were 20 times worse, caused the blood to pool in the back of your brain you pass out....

    Two other points...

    to the guy worried about traveling that fast and colliding and dying, very few people survive conventional airliner collisions.Is it not actually better to vaporize your death would be instantaneous and painless as opposed to painfully burned to death by aircraft fuel

    Concorde was pretty cheap. BA and Air France conducted market research and realized the perceptions of the general public was that it was two to three times the initial cost so they raised their prices, added trimmings and banked massive profits