Updated: Aug 7, 2020
Virgin Galactic announced in an announcement that it is partnering with Rolls-Royce for the supersonic jet for air travel. Also, the concept designs of this supersonic jet were shared.
Virgin Galactic, one of the companies working on space tourism, made a new announcement. The company announced that it has partnered with Rolls-Royce to develop supersonic jets for use in air travel.
Also, visuals showing the design of this supersonic jet were published. As you can see from the images below, it reminds of the Concorde British-French co-produced supersonic passenger plane abandoned in the early 2000s. Rolls-Royce even made Concorde's aircraft engines.
Virgin Galactic's supersonic jet
The concept is designed to fly at three times the sound (about 3,700 km / h) using large, triangular wings. This supersonic jet can carry passengers between 9 and 19 at an altitude of 18,000 km. This height is about twice that of traditional commercial aircraft.
"We've come a long way, and we want to open a new page in high-speed travel," said Virgin Galactic executive George Whitesides. According to the statement from Virgin Galactic, the design was reviewed by NASA. The next step is to work with the Federal Aviation Administration to document future flights.
The company showed the space plane SpaceShipTwo cabin, which was developed to transport tourists into space a week before the new supersonic jet. Nor is Virgin Galactic the only company developing supersonic aircraft. According to the news in Futurism, several start-ups are developing similar jets. Their early flights are expected to take place in 2023.