Saturday, February 13, 2016

Meet Abhishek Roy, the Indian designer who is giving wings to Charles Bombardier’s Antipode project

Abhishek Roy tries ridiculously hard to underplay his achievements. Roy is part of Canadian engineer-inventor-investor Charles Bombardier's Antipode project, which seeks to develop a luxury aircraft that can fly from New York to Dubai in 22 minutes, or do a transatlantic flight in half that time, cruising at 24 times the speed of sound. The 27-year-old is the only designer in the team.

"The design that you see of the plane - I drew them. It's a very 'dumb blonde' sort of an input," Roy said of his contribution to the project. "You take it to an aircraft engineer, he may crumple and throw it away."

The hypersonic aircraft that Bombardier is imagining to make will be launched by reusable rocket boosters. Counter-flowing jets of air on its leading edges will reduce heat and the sonic boom - the enormous amont of sound energy created by objects travelling faster than sound. The concept on many accounts is an improvement on the Skreemr, another hypersonic aircraft project Bombardier announced just last year. The Skreemr could do Mach 10, or ten times the speed of sound. The maximum speed of the Concorde, the supersonic airliner that was discontinued in 2003, was Mach 2.
13/02/16 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times
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