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Mach 5 aircraft technology would enable flight times of 4.5 hours from Europe to Australia. CNBC goes behind the scenes with the latest innovators to find out more

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Teams in Oxford, U.K., and Boston, U.S., are working on new designs for plane engines, with the potential to create a "very high-speed aircraft" and take fuel out of the equation altogether. CNBC takes a look at both options.

Scimitar is a prototype jet engine from UK-based Reaction Engines. Developers tell CNBC that the experimental apparatus can extend the speed, the power, and the range of existing systems by up to 5 times the speed of sound.

Researchers from MIT are working on developing technology they hope will completely rethink aviation propulsion altogether, using an ion thruster. CNBC takes a closer look. for more great clips:
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