The High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) was a NASA project to design a supersonic transport. It was to be a future Supersonic Passenger Aircraft, able to fly Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound. The project started in 1990 and ended during 1999. The goal was to employ up-to-date technologies.
It was intended to cross the Atlantic or the Pacific Ocean in half the time of a non-supersonic aircraft. It was to be fuel efficient, carry 300 passengers, and it would have allowed customers to buy tickets at a much lower price than that of a ticket on a Concorde. The goal for its maiden fight was within 20 years.
Goldin pushes HSCT to boost aeronautics industry. (NASA's Daniel S. Goldin on space agency efforts to fund high speed civil transport)
Dec 10, 1992; NASA's two decades of indifference to aeronautics should be rectified through a major effort to fund development of a high speed...
GE, UTC developing propulsion for high speed civil transport. (General Electric Aircraft Engines, United Technologies' Pratt and Whitney)
Sep 12, 1994; General Electric Aircraft Engines and United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney are researching propulsion technologies for the 21st...