Future jet can fly from London to New York in 20 minutes

Canadian designer says it is 21 times the speed of sound

A next generation jet could take passengers from London to New York in just 20 minutes, according to its creator.

Canadian designer Charles Bombardier claims his concept plane, called the Antipode, could be ten times faster than Concorde.

It would carry ten people, using rocket boosters to climb to 40,000 feet and could zoom round the globe in less time than it takes to watch a game of football.

A ‘supersonic combuston ramjet engine’ would then bring the plane up to speeds of Mach 24, which is 21 times the speed of sound.

A normal Boeing 747 has a top speed of 570 miles an hour, but the Antipode would be capable of reaching a whopping 16,000 mph

It could do this using a futuristic technology called Long Penetration Mode, which works by using clever aerodynamics and was recently tested by NASA.

Some air would be channelled through a nozzle in the nose, to produce a counter-flowing jet of air.

The technique would stop it from having similar problems to Concorde, which suffered from a loud sonic boom over land and a massive heat build-up due to friction at high speeds.

It’s Bombardier’s second attempt at designing a super-fast aircraft, after previously publishing a design called the Skreemr.

Bombardier told the BBC: “The idea of going from New York to London in, say 20 minutes – that’s what I think really grabbed people.

“It’s always something that people would like – a transportation system that could take you from one place on the planet to the other side.”

“But we won’t be jetting across the Atlantic in 20 minutes any time soon as the design is just a concept.”

Bombardier added: “I wanted to help get funding to do more research, and so I tried to push the whole thing forward.

“I know that it’s not going to lead to the exact aircraft at the end, but it might help to develop new technologies and new processes. If it does, then that I’m happy that I did something to help society.”