Spaceplane company announces plane that will fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo in one hour

HOUSTON— An aerospace company has announced that an airplane it claims will carry passengers around the world and always get them home in time for dinner!

Houston start-up Venus Aerospace says the Mach 9 hypersonic aircraft will be able to “One Hour World Trip.” The company showcased its first concept vehicle, the “Stargazer”, at UP.Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas.

They explained that the Venus Vehicle Engineering team has been working on this iteration since the company was founded in 2020.

“At Venus Aerospace, we are building the world’s first spaceplane capable of flying at hypersonic speeds at the edge of the atmosphere. A spaceplane that can take off from LAX and land in Tokyo in an hour, then fly back to take you home for dinner,” a spokesperson said in a statement, according to SWNS.

Backed by “leading venture capitalists,” Venus says it received $1 million in government funding for the project, adding that “Venus has since raised more than $33 million to build a Mach 9 hypersonic drone and a Mach spaceplane. 9, both capable of world time. travel.”

Digital rendering of the Stargazer, the company’s first hypersonic vehicle concept design. (Credit: Venus Aerospace)

Hypersonic travel by 2023?

Venus Aerospace says it has “moved rapidly” over the past year, having designed and built its technology demonstration engine, executed key experiments in hypersonic wind tunnels and propulsion test facilities across the United States, and launched a ground test campaign at Spaceport Houston.

Over the next year, they plan to begin subsonic and supersonic flight testing of a full-scale drone.

Venus was founded by Sarah “Sassie” Duggleby, formerly a launch systems engineering and mission management consultant at Virgin Orbit, and Dr. Andrew Duggleby, former launch operations manager at Virgin Orbit.

Their team consists of a dedicated and experienced crew of aerospace, military, and research and development veterans who are “pushing the boundaries of high-speed transportation.”

hypersonic space plane
(Credit: Venus Aerospace)

“The team is maturing its three core technologies: a next-generation zero-emission rocket engine, an innovative aircraft shape, and state-of-the-art cooling, which allows the spaceplane to take off from existing spaceports, using the ‘existing infrastructure,’ the spokesperson told SWNS.

“Our team solves the thousands of problems that make hypersonic travel possible. We design innovative aircraft shapes, heat shields, flight mechanisms and much more. All of this is supported by our next-generation zero-carbon hypersonic engine.

Report by South West News Service editor Dean Murray

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