Man-made inventions never fail to impress! Remember the ancient times, when lighting fire using stones was considered to be an invention? The scenario has passed a lot of innovations and advancements. In this fast growing world, humans feel the need for speed. The ever-changing market scenarios and technological updates have urged humans to develop fast machines.
Want to know what are the world’s fastest machines? Eh? Look no further, you have landed at the right place. What according to you are the fastest inventions? A racing car? A speeding bullet? A military jet? Oh no! Stop making assumptions. In this post, we will be highlighting a combination of vehicles, gadgets, scientific inventions, and more. Let’s get started!
One of the fastest inventions in the supercomputer world’s is Sierra, developed for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Unlike other supercomputers, Sierra is dedicated to military research which helps specifically for the simulation of nuclear weapons in the place of underground tests. Initially it was listed with 71.6 petaFLOPS which was later optimized to the speed of 94.6 petaFLOPS. This IBM-built supercomputer is combined with NVIDIAs’s Volta graphics and 9 processors providing more than six times the sustained scalable performance than Sequonia, thus making it more power-efficient.
Apollo 10 Capsule
Apollo 10 was named as the fastest manned craft ever. It was a rehearsal mission by NASA before the Lunar landing. While it was on its return journey on May 26th, 1969 it acquired a blazing speed of 24791 mph. Apollo 10 capsule reached the Earth from Lunar Orbit in just 56 hours. This record breaking speed also helped the Apollo 10 capsule to grab a space in the Guinness book of world records.
Fascinated by the crazy world of cars? Devel Sixteen is named as one of the fastest cars of 2021. It comes with an unsurmounted power and speed of 347 mph or 550+km/hr.
The car breaks all the current records in the market and shines bright. It was introduced some years ago with a magnificent horsepower of 5,007 and an 81mm Quad Turbo 12.3L V16 engine. It is definitely a superb speed that’s ever been achieved.
Another powerful supercomputer developed by IBM is Summit. It was built for the US Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Its occupancy is equivalent to around two basketball courts with an impressive 148.6 petaflops. Not just that, it also provides scientists with outstanding computer power that helps in solving the challenges in energy, thus making it the most energy-efficient machine in the world.
Launched by NASA along with the German space agency, Helios 1 was launched on 10th December 1974. It was launched with a mission to study the solar processes and it broke all-time records of spacecraft speed. It flew closer to the Sun and took around two years to reach there. During its journey, it attained a speed of 142000 mph and probed the orbit around the sun at a distance of 1 AU. It also transmitted helpful information about the heliosphere until 1985.
North American X-15
North American X-15 is a hypersonic rocket-powered plane that is a part of the experimental aircraft of NASA and USAF. It is powered with a top speed of 4520 mph and is an unbreakable record to date. This jet surpassed powerful drones like – HTV-2 Falcon and NASA X-43A. The aircraft features a big wedge tail with small-width wings that are designed to stabilize the aircraft at super-high altitudes. A qualified astronaut William J Chevalier achieved a superb top speed of Mach 6.70 (about 7,200 kph) on October 3, 1967, thus giving another reason for this aircraft to be on this list.
Another one on the list is Thrust supersonic car which is developed by Richard Nobe, Ron Ayers, Glynne Bowsher, and Jeremy Bliss. It is powered by two Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines that weigh around 10 tons. Currently, the car holds the world land speed record featuring the top speed of 763 mph. Not just that, it is considered to be the first vehicle that officially broke the sound barrier.
Sikorsky X2 holds the worldwide record of being the fastest helicopter. It set its first unofficial record in 2010 when it reached the speed of 287 miles per hour. It is designed to combine the helicopters with high-speed maneuverability, high-altitude performance, and cruise speed capability with strengths like – auto-rotation capability, hover efficiency, and more. This high-speed helicopter is known for its seamless design requirements that cover the areas of flying acoustics, aerodynamic performance, and vibration. It can even achieve the true speed of 250 knots as a fully instrumental aircraft.
Also known as MilkyWay2, it was launched in 2013 as the world’s fastest modern supercomputer. It is equipped with Intel Xeon processors that allow it to reach 61.4 petaflops. The machine was developed by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) in China which is intended for making government security applications. It clearly means that the work done by TIANHE-2A is done with utmost secrecy. The new Tianhe machine is expected to be even more powerful with the expected reach of 100 petaflop peak.
Space Shuttle Columbia
It is considered to be the first-ever successful space shuttles in the history of space exploration. In order for the shuttle to stay in low-orbit, it has to travel at least 17,500 mph. The external tank of the shuttle carries more than 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. At this speed, the space shuttle can easily see the Sunset and Sunrise several times in a single day.
The world of machines is growing at a rapid pace and every day welcomes innovations. These were our top 10 picks of the world’s fastest machines. We have highlighted a few powerful and fast ones. Share your views on the same and let us know which one is the winner for you?