The Virgin Galactic is creating a super fast aircraft that will fly at about 3,701 kph. That’s three times the speed of sound! It will reduce the travel time from New York City to London, England, from eight hours to two hours! Isn’t that exciting.
Virgin Galactic shared the initial design plans for the new jet. The aircraft will fit nine to 19 passengers. It will use state of the art sustainable fuel. Like on any other commercial aircraft there will be business class and first-class seats and will also take off and land like them. The key proposition of company is focused on making high-speed travel safe for people. The team will work on challenges such as managing heat and noise from the supersoniccraft.
Have there been super fast planes in the past?
Yes, but if Virgin Galactic is successful this will beat a record by another super-fast plane called the Concorde. British Airways and Air France flew the Concorde up until 2003. That craft was able to make same trip from London to New York in just under three hours.
What do Virgin Galactic do?
They are an aerospace and space travel company. They have been working on space tourism that is a way to provide flights to space for tourists. It was founded by British billionaire Richard Branson.
This jet project is a new venture. Virgin Galactic is working with Rolls-Royce on the this high speed aircraft. Rolls-Royce also built the engine that powered the Concorde.
Virgin Galactic will now move forward to the next steps in the design process. If all goes well, the new supersonic will soon be zooming through the skies.