The Value of Speed
With Concorde, Europe was in the lead concerning supersonic transport. At present, supersonic business travel is not only reconsidered in aviation in general, but also FligthPath2050 is addressing the value of speed. At first, it will mainly cover the needs of business travellers, paving the way for the future of air transport.
In addition, knowledge gained from supersonic research can be transferred into high-tech projects in aerodynamics, propulsion, material technique, light weight structures etc. It reaches beyond the scope of Clean Sky vehicles, and, thus, provides the ground for future innovation.
Finally, projects addressing this subject also serve to the goal of fascination. With a limited effort, just by making use of UAV plus ground base models, the feasibility of supersonic transport shall be demonstrated again, pushing Europe in the lead again in this future technology field.