Monday, May 8, 2006


Japan, US plan to develop supersonic jet

`Japanese and US aerospace agencies and companies plan to develop a low-noise, fuel-efficient supersonic jet to take off where the Anglo-French Concorde ended, a press report said. [..]

The research and development cost of the Japan-US project is estimated to reach “several hundred” billion yen, the daily added. Currently, one hundred billion yen is worth some 880 million dollars. [..]

The Japanese side reportedly aims to develop a plane that would travel at the same speed as the Concorde but would produce just one percent of the noise.

Japan hopes to put on the market in about 2020 a supersonic jetliner with a capacity of 200-300 seats that could travel between Tokyo and Los Angeles in five hours — about half the current flight time.’

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