15
May
2019

China wants to make the fastest planes ever with a new material

Xiamen University in China is also attempting to build a hypersonic vehicle

Xiamen University in China is also attempting to build a hypersonic vehicle

Xiamen University

By David Hambling

Planes that fly faster than ever before may now be possible, if reports about a new material are correct. The material was developed in China and is capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures over a prolonged period, making it suitable for hypersonic flight.

Hypersonic flight means travelling at over five times the speed of sound. There are currently no vehicles that can travel at this speed in our atmosphere for more than a few minutes partly because of the high temperatures …

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