Luca Parmitano, an Italian astronaut and colonel in the Italian Air Force, expressed his willingness to test the first Italian hypersonic vehicle as a test pilot. The project, called HexaFly, aims to develop hypersonic civilian aircraft capable of traveling at 8 times the speed of sound, with the goal of connecting Rome and New York in just 2 hours. The European Space Agency has been working on the project since 2005, and hopes to conduct the first tests in 2025-26. Parmitano highlighted the challenge of the hypersonic flight and mentioned Italy’s unique facilities in the aerospace industry that could contribute to the project.
L’astronauta siciliano Luca Parmitano pronto a guidare il primo volo ipersonico italiano