Several months ago, Canadian designer and engineer Charles Bombardier created a lot of buzz with his concept supersonic jet, the Skreemr. His vision involved a jet that would be shot out of a magnetically charged electric launch system. From there, the aircraft would ignite liquid oxygen in order to rise in speed and altitude until it was moving at such a rate to successfully compress incoming air for engine combustion, burning hydrogen and compressed oxygen to accelerate to roughly 6,600 m.p.h. at 40,000 feet.
While the concept impressed, it also left difficult design issues on the table (such as the overheating of the aircraft and sonic boom produced from such incredibly fast speeds). But all that might have changed, as Bombardier went back to the drawing table, creating a new private jet concept that fixes many of the issues the Skreemr couldn’t solve.
The Antipode, as the new concept is called, was made possible in part by the attention the Skreemr received—in particular, from Lunatic Koncepts founder Abhishek Roy and a team from Wyle (a firm involved with life science research, space operations, and aircraft technology, among other areas). Working in collaboration with them, Bombardier conceived a luxury business jet capable of reaching Mach 24, over twice the speed of the Skreemr and nearly 12 times faster than Concorde. The Antipode would be able to transport a maximum of ten people up to 12,427 miles in under an hour—that’s New York to London (3,460 miles) in 11 minutes, or New York to Sydney (9,930 miles) in 32 minutes. The most important feature distinguishing the new jet from its predecessor (which would employ a magnetic railgun system to launch) is that the Antipode would be able to take off from any airfield, due to rocket boosters attached to its wings. The boosters would provide the craft with enough thrust to climb to 40,000 feet and reach Mach 5. From there, they would separate from the aircraft and fly back to base. Cruising at Mach 5, the Antipode would ignite its supersonic combustion engine and accelerate up to Mach 24. The Antipode would be able to channel air through its nose and wings, which would effectively drop the aircraft’s surface temperature, while reducing the shock wave and noise related to breaking the sound barrier.
Video – The Skreemr does London to New York in 30 minutes. The Skreemr, Antipode’s predecessor, would have flown from London to New York in 30 minutes.