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PostSubject: A Ninja-style plane that can fly faster than sound    Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:45 pm

A Ninja-style plane that can fly faster than sound


Nasa Grants $100,000 For Sideways Supersonic Jet

London: A new type of Ninja style aircraft that spins 90 degrees in air for efficient faster-thansound flight and virtually zero sonic boom has been granted $100,000 by Nasa for further development.The plane is created in a way that will allow it to take off from the ground,and then turn on its side once it reaches supersonic atmospheric levels so that it can continue its flight into the uppermost parts of space.
The plane looks something like a four-cornered ninja throwing star with two sides that are extended out while the other two sides are far shorter,the Daily Mail reported.As the plane takes off from the ground,it has to have the longer wings on either side,making the plane appear shorter in length and longer in width,according to Engadget.Normal commercial airplanes have such significant wings because they need to use that wingspan to gain enough momentum to get off of the ground.
While the large wingspan is needed to take off,it creates too much drag for the plane when it reaches supersonic speeds.
As a result,once it reaches the supersonic atmosphere,the plane will then rotate 90 degrees so that it is longer and thinner than when it took off.The new technology pioneered by Dr Gecheng Zha of University of Miami can overcome these problems.
I am hoping to develop an environment friendly and economically viable airplane for supersonic civil transport in the next 20 to 30 years, Zha said.Imagine flying from New York to Tokyo in four hours instead of 15 hours.
The school has an animated video of the plane in flightequipped with the Universitys logo on the wings to give a fuller idea of the shift and at what point that would happen during the flight.Engadget reports that the recently-approved award from Nasa will allow the professor and his aides to continue their research and refine it using simulations and wind tunnel testing.While the funding will give the research an obvious boost,it is still expected to take decades before any form of said plane becomes a reality.PTI
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