29th January 2023

Virgin Galactic unveils a concept of a supersonic aircraft capable of reaching Mach 3

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Virgin Galactic has unveiled a design for a proposed supersonic jet that features high flight speeds. The company claims that the final version of the aircraft can carry 9 to 19 passengers and reach speeds of Mach 3 (about 3700 km / h).

Virgin Galactic’s core business is the space tourism business. The company intends to launch tourists into Earth’s orbit, who will agree to pay a lot of money ($ 250 thousand) for a short stay in microgravity and the opportunity to look at the Earth from a great height. The company recently revealed the interior of its touring spacecraft.

However, over the years, Virgin Galactic has also expressed interest in using its space technology to drive high-speed travel. The idea is to use suborbital rockets to move people from one point on the Earth to another in much less time than in a conventional plane. But recently we are already talking about the use for these purposes not of suborbital missiles, but of supersonic aircraft.

Virgin Galactic said in May this year that it had received some help from NASA in the development of supersonic aircraft. The space agency has decades of experience developing supersonic vehicle technology. The company now says that thanks to NASA’s help, the design process for the supersonic aircraft has passed the mission proof-of-concept phase. This means that “the design concept can meet the requirements and objectives of a high-level mission.” And the company shared renders and some details of such a proposed aircraft.

Virgin Galactic has shown renders of a proposed supersonic aircraft capable of reaching Mach 3

As planned, the plane will be able to fly at an altitude of 60 thousand feet (about 18.3 km). The company also says it “will help pave the way for the use of modern, environmentally friendly aviation fuels.” The aircraft cabin is designed for business class and first class seats. The possibility of implementing individual salon plans has also been conceived.

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At the same time, Virgin Galactic announced a partnership with Rolls-Royce to develop the engine needed for such an aircraft. The companies have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to work in this direction.

Virgin Galactic has not yet specified how long it will take to develop the aircraft and the estimated timing of test flights.

Source: The Verge

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My name is Vicky O. Torres. I am a psychologist by profession, and I love my work very much. And in general, I am an active seeker of truth, silence and beauty of the world.

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