• Virgin Galactic unveils concept designs for the Mach 3 high speed plane

    Date:4 August 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell

    Virgin Galactic has had its eyes set on commercial space travel for quite some time now, but many may not know that the company also has big plans for high-speed air travel down here on Earth. To achieve those plans, Virgin will need a new type of aircraft, which is exactly what they recently unveiled.

    Virgin officially unveiled its concept designs for its high-speed plane, the Mach 3, along with making the announcement that it will be working closely with Rolls-Royce to make the Mach 3 a reality.

    “The design philosophy of the aircraft is geared around making high speed travel practical, sustainable, safe, and reliable, while making customer experience a top priority,” Virgin Galactic wrote in a press release.

    The aircraft features a delta-wing design and will carry 9 to 19 passengers at any given time. Those lucky enough to grab a seat aboard the Mach 3 will be greeted by custom cabin layouts, similar to the seating arrangements on a business or first-class flight. All whilst flying at an altitude of 60,000 feet.

    Rolls-Royce will add its expertise to the project by providing the Mach 3 with the much-needed engine power, although Virgin Galactic and Rolls-Royce have yet to state what exact engine they will be using.

    “Rolls-Royce brings a unique history in high speed propulsion, going back to the Concorde, and offers world-class technical capabilities to develop and field the advanced propulsion systems needed to power commercially available high-Mach travel.” said Rolls-Royce North America Chairman & CEO, Tom Bell.

    Virgin Galactic unveils concept designs for the March 3 high speed plane

    While the Mach 3 is still only in its concept phase, it does give us a clear vision of that the future of high-speed air travel could look like.

    Image credit: Virgin Galactic

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