The company clarified that it does not currently have plans to build hypersonic aircraft; rather, it is working on the enabling technology.
The research would position the company to make the aircraft “when customers and markets are ready to reap the benefits of hypersonic flight”.
“By looking decades ahead at what could be possible, we are smarter about what innovations and technologies we should be exploring now,” said a spokesperson for Boeing.
“Boeing’s expertise in designing, developing and testing game-changing concepts make us the ideal company to lead the charge for faster, more-efficient, customer-centric ways to connect the world.”
“We’re excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect the world faster than ever before,” said Kevin Bowcutt, Boeing’s senior technical fellow and chief scientist of hypersonics.
“Boeing is building upon a foundation of six decades of work designing, developing and flying experimental hypersonic vehicles, which makes us the right company to lead the effort in bringing this technology to market in the future.”
Aircraft to be built “when customers are ready”