Military planes could soon be grown in labs and reach hypersonic speeds
Glimpse at future of warfare as engineers reveal plans for ‘hypersonic’ bomber that can outrun missiles
Breath-taking footage showing the future of military technology, has been released ahead of this year’s Farnborough International Airshow.
Engineers and scientists at BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow have outlined some of their current thinking about military aircraft including the idea that military planes could soon be ‘grown’ in labs and reach hypersonic speeds.
During this century, the scientists and engineers envisage that small Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) bespoke to specific military operations, could be ‘grown’ in large-scale labs through chemistry, speeding up evolutionary processes and creating bespoke aircraft in weeks, rather than years.
A radical new machine called a Chemputer™ could enable advanced chemical processes to grow aircraft and some of their complex electronic systems, conceivably from a molecular level upwards.
Engineers and scientists at BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow have outlined some of their current thinking about military aircraft
This unique UK technology could use environmentally sustainable materials and support military operations where a multitude of small UAVs with a combination of technologies serving a specific purpose might be needed quickly.
In addition, armed forces of the future could be using rapid response aircraft equipped with engines capable of propelling those aircraft to hypersonic speeds.
Scientists believe that aircraft could soon be ‘grown’ in labs
Such engines could be used to enable very fast commercial aircraft and provide a means of accessing space much more affordably.
Military aircraft flying at speeds of around Mach 5.0 could reach time critical situations in a fraction of the time of current jets by travelling high above the Earth’s surface.
Flying at such speeds and high altitude would allow them to outpace adversary missiles.
Military aircraft could soon achieve hypersonic speeds
“The world of military and civil aircraft is constantly evolving and it’s been exciting to work with scientists and engineers outside BAE Systems and to consider how some unique British technologies could tackle the military threats of the future said Professor Nick Colosimo, a BAE Systems Global Engineering Fellow.