In an interview with Defensehere.com at the 54th Paris Air Show, Martina Löfqvist, Senior Business Development Manager of Destinus, discussed the company's hypersonic and supersonic passenger carrier aircrafts such as Destinus 3 flying with the hydrogen fuel technology.
Aiming to revolutionise the aviation industry with more than 140 international aerospace experts, Destinus is a European company. The company aims to reach its vision without harming the environment.
"We are trying to revolutionize the aviation industry"
"We are trying to revolutionize the aviation industry. So we are building passenger aircraft that will be able to take you all the way from Europe to the other side of the world, such as Australia, in 4 hours time. So we're talking about hypersonic velocities, five times the speed of sound, and we're doing this with hydrogen." said Martina Löfqvist, Senior Business Development Manager of Destinus. "So hydrogen is the magic fuel that we're using to make this possible because it is a sustainable. There's no carbon dioxide emissions when you combust it. And it's also be highly energy efficient, three times that of fossil fuels. So it's very good to use when you want to go long ranges for other mobility sectors as well, but especially for our solution to fly hypersonic."
Regarding the company, Löfqvist shared "Our company was founded in 2021. We are 140 people in the company. We have raised €50 million in private funding so far and about 11 million in public investments. We're also now generating some revenues because we are entering into the energy sector and have been conducting sales of gas turbines as well as some other products that we will be generating revenues for over the coming year. Our target focus is the passenger aviation industry. So commercial aircraft and we're talking with airlines as well as business deaths in order to sell the hypersonic aircraft that we're building."
Destinus 3: "The world's first supersonic vehicle flying with hydrogen"
"We are standing in front of our third prototype. It is called Destinus 3. This is going to be the world's first supersonic vehicle flying with hydrogen. And we're using liquid hydrogen inside of this, which is at -250 degrees Celsius." Löfqvist elaborated. "And that is our innovation that we will be putting in the cryogenic tanks inside of this prototype and fly mid the next year."
From Paris to New York in one and a half hours!
"The future aircraft, the first one that we're going to release into the market, is going to be carrying 25 passengers. And it will have a range of about 10,000 kilometers flying from Paris to New York in one and a half hours." Löfqvist revealed.
"This one that you see over here is not a passenger aircraft. It's a prototype that we will be scaling up over time." she added.
"We are developing a hypersonic one in the next few years. So we should be flying that one around 2025, 2026 with inhouse developed ramjet technology." she concluded.