Virgin Galactic Unveils Design for High Speed Aircraft

Virgin Galactic unveiled the aircraft design for a Mach 3 high speed vehicle, and announcing the signing of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rolls-Royce to collaborate in designing and developing engine propulsion technology for high speed commercial aircraft  

The basic parameters of the initial high speed vehicle design would include a targeted Mach 3 certified delta-wing aircraft with capacity for 9 to 19 people at an altitude above 60,000 feet.

Virgin Galactic has been a Wall Street success story this year despite the fact that it is not yet profitable. Galactic plans to make Richard Branson himself the first non-crew member on a company space flight early next year — a risky bet but one that, if successful, could attract other passengers and unleash huge opportunities for the business of space travel.

“Leave it to Richard Branson to be such an enthusiastic and talented innovator in this space,” said BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese. “It will be amazing to watch what’s next for Richard and the Virgin Galactic team.”

Motivation behind the collaboration is to partner with the innovative team at Rolls-Royce as Virgin strives to develop a sustainable, cutting-edge propulsion systems for the aircraft, while working with the FAA to ensure its design can make a practical impact from the start. 

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