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    Beijing to New York in 2 hours? Chinese team reveal hypersonic plane ambition

    A Chinese research team has come up with a novel design for an ultra-fast plane they say will be able to take dozens of people and tonnes of cargo from Beijing to New York in about two hours.
    The plane would travel at hypersonic speed – meaning at more than 6000km/h (3700mph), faster than five times the speed of sound – according to the team, which is also involved in China’s top secret hypersonic weapons programme, according to the South China Morning Post.
    The speed of sound is about 343 metres per second, or 1235km/h.
    “It will take only a couple of hours to travel from Beijing to New York at hypersonic speed,” the researchers led by Cui Kai wrote in a paper this month in Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy, published by Science China Press.

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