Virgin Galactic releases renders of proposed supersonic jet that can reach Mach 3

Aug. 4, 2020
But it’s only got room for nine to 19 passengers, Loren Grush reports for

LONDON - This morning, Richard Branson’s space tourism venture Virgin Galactic unveiled the design of its proposed supersonic jet. The company claims the final version of the vehicle could carry between nine and 19 passengers and reach Mach 3, or three times faster than the speed of sound, Loren Grush reports for TheVerge.comContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

August 4, 2020 -Virgin Galactic has been focused on flying customers to the edge of space. In fact, the company opened its "space base" in Las Cruces, New Mexico last summer. Now, Virgin Galactic is still eyeing relatively high flying, but it's only at 60,000 feet.

George Whitesides, Chief Space Officer, Virgin Galactic said, “We are excited to complete the Mission Concept Review and unveil this initial design concept of a high speed aircraft, which we envision as blending safe and reliable commercial travel with an unrivalled customer experience. We are pleased to collaborate with the innovative team at Rolls-Royce as we strive to develop sustainable, cutting-edge propulsion systems for the aircraft, and we are pleased to be working with the FAA to ensure our designs can make a practical impact from the start. We have made great progress so far, and we look forward to opening up a new frontier in high speed travel.”

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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