There have been many developments in supersonic commercial aircraft over the last few years, with the likes of Aerion Supersonic, Boom Technology, Spike Aerospace, and even Charles Bombardier all in the supersonic race.
None have materialized yet, but if anyone is going to have a shot in making it, it would be Virgin Galactic. After all, these are the folks who have made progress in space flight. Moreover, it is partnering with Rolls-Royce in the development. And we all know Rolls-Royce was also the name behind the world’s only civil-certified passenger jet, Aérospatiale/BAC’s Concorde.
Last week, Virgin Galactic unveiled its Mach 3 aircraft design for high speed travel and also signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rolls-Royce to collaborate in designing and developing the engine propulsion technology for the sound-barrier breaking commercial jet.
The goal was to design a Mach 3 certified delta-wing aircraft with a capacity of 9-19 people and cruises at an oxygen-depraved altitude of 60,000 feet.
Like today’s regular sub-sonic passenger jets, Virgin Galactic Mach 3 aircraft will have custom cabin layouts to suit its customer’s needs.
Sustainability is also key part of the design, particular in the aspect of sustainable aviation fuel. However, this is still in the very early stage. So, don’t hold your breath for it to happen anytime soon. Meanwhile, you can learn more HERE.
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