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If you need a break from news on the primaries and the economy, take a look at this incredible business jet. Not yet real, but with lots of orders in, I’m sure it spews tons of carbon into the air and is totally politically incorrect. But it is quite beautiful and will get people around faster (hmmm….does that mean it is actually greener than regular commercial flight?).
Aerion, a Reno, Nevada company (yep, Reno), is developing the $80 million SBJ--Supersonic Business Jet (change the name guys).
The most innovatative thing about the SBJ is the wings. Not the Concorde shape at all. The rest is off-the-shelf, including the jet engine. The company's chief tech officer used to work at DARPA and knows his hypersonic aerodynamics. Planned for 12 people.
Will it actually take off in 2014 as planned? Who knows? It would be nice to get to Paris in 4 hours and 15 minutes. If I didn't have to kill half the planet to get there, that is. Maybe I can plant some trees......
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