Critical Mach

Yet another entry in the next-gen supersonic sweepstakes, but you’ve got to admit this looks sweet:

Credit: JAXA

The market for civil aircraft – both airliners and private – seems pretty full to me. If a Japanese manufacturer wanted to shake up the competition, this would be the way to do it.

Unfortunately I’ve not been able to find any more information beyond what’s already at the link – which is a mite thin to begin with. It’s not clear how they plan to conduct the test flights, if it’s a powered drone then that’d be Teh Awesome. The alternative would be mounting it to a fighter that can zorch around at Mach 1.0+…not as cool, but perhaps more useful than wind-tunnel testing. Either way let’s hope this makes it somewhere beyond the model-airplane stage.