Virgin Galactic Unveils its Mach 3 Aircraft Design

Wants Rolls-Royce to build it.

Woah! … Could this be the much anticipated replacement of the retired Concorde? This new super-sonic jet will travel at Mach 3! That’s 3 times the speed of sound or 2301.81 mph.

Taken from Engadget … In addition to space tourism, Virgin Galactic has big plans for high-speed air travel. Those plans require a new kind of aircraft, and today, the company unveiled the initial design concepts for its March 3 high-speed plane. Virgin Galactic also announced its intent to work with Rolls-Royce.

The first stage design scope is for a Mach 3 certified delta-wing aircraft that will carry nine to 19 people and fly at an altitude of 60,000 feet. It will offer custom cabin layouts, like business or first class seating arrangements, and Virgin Galactic hopes to use sustainable aviation fuel.

“The design philosophy of the aircraft is geared around making high speed travel practical, sustainable, safe, and reliable, while making customer experience a top priority,” Virgin Galactic wrote in a press release. 

Source: Engadget


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