In the wake of advancing climate change, people are increasingly looking for more sustainable alternatives for the environment. In particular, travel by air is increasingly criticized in this context. However, a Swiss company now claims to have found the ultimate solution to this problem. Here you can find out everything you need to know.
Global warming continues to advance, and air travel is primarily criticized in this context. More and more parties are therefore looking for alternatives to curb the harmful effects on our environment further and enable a climate-friendly future.
As BILD reports, a startup company from Switzerland now claims to have found the ultimate solution for more sustainable air travel. The answer to the problem is said to be the hypersonic prototype called “Eiger,” as futurezone.at explains. According to the report, hopes are pinned on a future with hydrogen-powered aircraft.
Reaching the goal at high speed
Destinus, a company based in Switzerland, hopes to open a new chapter in aviation history with its newly devised hypersonic jet. Initial tests with the aircraft, which exists only as a prototype for the time being, are said to have already been successful. With a financial injection from the Spanish government amounting to a considerable 12 million euros, the next phase is now set to begin.
At first glance, the jet’s speed is impressive: while it takes a conventional passenger aircraft 20 hours to fly from Frankfurt to Sydney, the hypersonic jet is expected to cover the same distance in just four hours, as future zone reports.
More climate-friendly with hydrogen propulsion
The hydrogen propulsion system is also intended to make transportation climate-neutral. Only water and heat are emitted again, which is significantly better for the environment. As BILD reports, hydrogen also contains more energy than the same amount of gasoline or kerosene. It is also said to be less dangerous. Only hydrogen production is currently still very energy-intensive, and storage is also said to be difficult.
How many passengers will ultimately be able to fly in the hypersonic jet is unclear. What is certain is that the “Eiger” will be used both as a passenger and as a cargo aircraft. According to the manufacturer, another plus point is that it takes off, flies autonomously, and can integrate easily, as it generates hardly any noise and can also use conventional airports. So it will be interesting to see how the development of the jet progresses.
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