AIRSHIPS - UC researchers at ground control in launching the fastest plane of the future

It's a sci-fi concept that's at the center of a 25-year exploratory project: building a hypersonic aircraft that takes off from the runway and doesn't need a rest, inspection or repair after it lands – unlike the space shuttle – but can zip back around the world within an hour's landing. University of Cincinnati researchers are developing the validation metrics that could help predict the success or failure of such a model before it is even built ...

http://phys.org/news/2014-02-uc-ground-fastest-plane-future.htm