Researchers at Notre Dame says traveling cross-country in a matter of minutes may soon be possible. These experts have conducted a study about this new technology, and said Notre Dame could be the home of a massive hypersonic wind tunnel.
Researchers hope this tunnel will soon change traveling as we know it.
This technology will change traveling as we know it. (c) wsbt.com
“We're making things that are impossible right now, possible," said Thomas Juliano, a professor with Notre Dame’s aerospace and mechanical engineering department. Juliano, the brain of the study, said the goal is to figure out how to travel from D.C. to L.A. in less than 15 minutes.
"This wind tunnel is going to be a unique facility – not just at any university, not just anywhere in the United States, but anywhere in the world," he told WSBT 22.
Grad Student Alec Houpt says it's exciting to be at the forefront of a breakthrough.
Notre Dame could be the home of a massive hypersonic wind tunnel (c) wsbt.com
"A lot of the research that we do could have a huge impact on whether or not this actually becomes a reality," said Houpt.
Houpt added, "we've accomplished so much with all of our planes and jet engines that a lot of people are looking at how to make everything more efficient, fly further and fly faster. We are working on the faster.”
This project has gotten about $1.3 million in funding from the Air Force, and over half a million from Notre Dame. Juliano says with this kind of technology, people could potentially fly from Chicago to Tokyo in 2 and a half hours.