Virgin Galactic, a space tourism company, has announced that it is collaborating with Rolls-Royce to develop a new supersonic aircraft. CNBC reported this.
Recently published renderings show a nice design reminiscent of the British-French Concorde (it is worth noting that Concorde used the engines from the just mentioned brand Rolls-Royce).
The aircraft must be able to fly at a speed of approximately 3700 km / h and carry 9 to 1
Virgin Galactic is not alone
The proposals are said to have already been reviewed by NASA. The next step is to obtain the necessary certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The news came a few days after Virgin Galactic boasted the interior of its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. He should soon start taking tourists into space.
CNBC recalled that a number of other companies from around the world are currently working intensively on supersonic aircraft. The first test flights are scheduled for 2023.