A two-hour flight from Sydney to London is a step closer to reality after the latest successful test today of hypersonic technology in the Australian desert. A joint US-Australian military research team is running a series of trials at the world’s largest land testing range, Woomera in South Australia, and at Norway’s Andoya Rocket Range.
Scientists have said hypersonic technology could cut travelling time from Sydney to London to as little as two hours for the seventeen thousand kilometre flight. Hypersonic flight involves travelling at more than five times the speed of sound. The experimental rocket in the trial on Wednesday reached an altitude of 278 kilometres, Australia’s defence department said.