Conceptual design of a system to enable passengers to safely escape a crippled hypersonic airliner in flight has produced an unexpected result—a shape-changing capsule that would eject, inflate, glide down and deploy parachutes for a safe splashdown. The capsule has been studied under a two-year, European Union-funded program, Hypersonic Morphing for a Cabin Escape System (Hypmoces), that will be completed in November. The project is led by Spain’s Deimos Space, Aviospace of ...

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