The Canadian company’s plane is indeed called Sexbomb and could be in the skies as early as 2022 to test a prototype engine for space shuttles. Canada’s Space Engine Systems (SES) is taking the plunge into space tourism and has ideas for other uses of hypersonic flight, according to a press release. In any case, hypersonic travel is a hot topic at the moment (mainly because of its military applications), but the company has added a fancy name to the mix, just to be on the safe side – the Sexbomb device will be testing a prototype of SES’s engine next year.
The engine is destined for a space shuttle, with plans to start carrying passengers in 2025 at a third of the price of a typical space tourism ticket, so that more Canadians can follow William Shatner’s example as a real astronaut.
But before that, the engine needs to be tested, which will be done according to the following schedule: the company will fly the Sexbomb up to 33.5 km in a high-altitude balloon, where it will freefall to reach Mach 1.8, then the DASS engine will be activated, which will allow it to reach the coveted Mach 5, five times the speed of sound – hypersonic speed – at 17 km, and from there it will glide back down. The engine uses several types of fuel, according to the company’s website: a non-toxic liquid and a solid propellant. The test was planned for this year, but it has been delayed until 2022 due to the approval process. For the test, SES is working with Manitoba’s Lynn Lake Airport, where the Sexbomb will return once it reaches hypersonic speed.
The Sexbomb will be assigned to two of the company’s other aircraft: the HELLO-1 and HELLO-2 are both space launch vehicles that can be reused multiple times. HELLO-1 soars at hypersonic speeds of 100 km and carries tourists into low Earth orbit, while HELLO-2 can reach as far as the surface of the Moon.
The company also hopes that hypersonic technology will open the door to other innovations beyond space tourism, such as a device that can be used to transport organs needed for transplants, which could save a patient’s life, from Toronto to Edmonton in half an hour. Regardless of what is achieved, we can say that military drones are making great strides in the development of hypersonic technology.