The demise of the Concorde a decade ago has left a notable hole in the premium commercial airline business. EADS is now exploring how to address that gap, but wants to go after the high-speed market niche with a far more capable system without the environmental baggage of the fuel- guzzling supersonic transport. Researchers at the European aerospace giant envision development of a hypersonic commercial aircraft able to transport 50-100 people between Paris and Tokyo in 2.5 hr. The ...

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