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A model for future flight.

Artists impression of the supersonic airliner

ZEHST (Zero Emission Hyper Sonic Transport) is a supersonic passenger airliner project. It aims to operate an environmentally and passenger-friendly aircraft from conventional airports that could, for example, fly from Europe to Japan in less than 3 hours. Participants of the Convention will have the opportunity to experience a virtual journey via the touch screen of the ZEHST model.

Airbus Group, in cooperation with MBDA and ONERA, developed the concept based on mastered propulsion technologies, which combines three different engine types: conventional turbofans for take-off and landing, cryogenic rocket engines for acceleration and climb, and ramjets for cruise.

For two decades, several collaborative projects on high-speed civil transportation (HST) have been funded in Europe, gathering the most renowned industrial companies, research centers and universities. The ongoing European-funded HIKARI project aims at pursuing and bringing one step closer the cooperation between Europe and Japan in this field, and ensuring EU leadership in high technology areas.

HIKARI is an EU funded project under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development.

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