Sydney to London in Two Hours By Hydrogen-powered Scram-Jet

Low cost Australian-designed engine could allow hypersonic travel at 5,000 mph.

Published: 22-Feb-2001

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Sydney to London in two hours? Australia to California in just over one?

An international race is underway to flight test a hypersonic "scramjet" engine, which researchers believe will one day allow people to fly at 5,000 miles per hour or more, making inflight movies and "economy-class syndrome" a thing of the past.

The Centre for Hypersonics at Australia's University of Queensland is one of the contestants, and has slated its first tests for the end of June and the beginning of July, HyShot project leader Allan Paull said on Thursday.

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