Flight of the New Concordes

Flight of the New Concordes

The Concorde took its last flight in 2003, making commercial supersonic travel a thing of the past. In recent years, however, a number of companies have been laying the groundwork for a new supersonic era.

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  1. Wonder if they are taking into account the need for better air purification? Is it possible? I'm just thinking about how often persons can get sick when exposed to contaminated air. Masks aside what other measures can be implemented so that another pandemic doesn't flatten the airlines like 2020? Yes, there are other factors but I'm curious about this specific one.

  2. Supersonic flight doesn’t make sense for a couple of reasons: pollution and noise. Also, carbon capture technology is totally unproven at this point. CO2 is so disperse in the atmosphere that it’s really hard to capture it in enough quantity to offset the billions of tones produced each year. Imagine having planes that are so fuel inefficient they add even more billions of tones each ear. Build fast train networks instead. Build the hyper loop. Do virtual meetings. The environment – and our ears – will appreciate it

  3. Nobody wants this. This is just like the super tall, record breaking, elite-luxury-only buildings being built in NYC. So many other important things to spend the money and brains on. -_-

  4. the only thing these planes are going to be "fast" in will be spreading the next pandemic. Tourism and air travel in general is doomed. Time to focus on sustainable tourism instead of this current monstrosity we have. We are destroying the planet to go take some selfies in the london eye or go to a meeting we could have done via web.

  5. Supersonic flights for joe public will be boom and bust, the demand to save time just isn't there unfortunately, and people will not spend more, not enough to make it economically viable.

  6. Two sidenotes on the carbon neutral fuel point:
    1. It's about 10x more expensive right now
    2. Carbon emitted in the high atmosphere does not easily come down to a level where it can be absorbed by trees

  7. Sorry to disappoint, but:
    – as for Concorde, one of the main issues is fuel consumption
    – it will only ever be economically and ecologically viable with carbon-neutral fuel available at low cost
    – we're decades away from being able to produce carbon-neutral fuel on commercial scale at low cost

    So while some company might manage to build a supersonic jet, it will definitely not become available to general public in the next decade.

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