'Star Wars' aircraft could travel 11,000 miles in one trip

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A new Star Wars-style aircraft could fly you from London to Sydney - and take you directly to the building you're headed, rather than the airport.

Designers of the Ranger vertical takeoff plane claim it will be able to travel further than any passenger airliner.

Able to stay in the air for 22 hours, the craft would be able to travel 11,000 miles (17,702 km) in one go - capable of making the 10,560-mile trip Down Under.

The current longest nonstop flight in the world is Singapore Airlines' 9,527-mile journey from New York to Singapore.

Designers at San Francisco firm Aura Aerospace describe their vehicle concept as an ultra-long-range aircraft. With room for five occupants, it also features a kitchen and toilet facilities.

"Within the now wide landscape of EVTOL aircraft concepts proposed, the Ultra-Long range segment is yet to be properly addressed - these design considerations have not been successfully applied in a way that can compete with existing passenger aircraft options today," the company's website reads.

The Ranger has wings that unfold to 75 feet to allow it to speed along at 510 mph, reaching a maximum altitude of 15,000 feet. The craft uses sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to power its twin turbofan engines.

"Unlike purely electric aircraft, the Aura Ranger uses SAF-powered Jet engines to charge the VTOL batteries while in flight. This shift in battery requirements - we only need enough battery power to perform one takeoff or landing - is a paradigm shift for the flight reserves certification requirements expected to be required by regulators globally," officials continued.

Production details for The Ranger have not been announced at this time.