If you value your time too much, then you might be interested in traveling aboard a Venus Aerospace hypersonic plane. The company is based in Houston, Texas shared this week about the renders of the airliner known as the Stargazer he wants to build.
The machine, which resembles a paper swallow in shape, is supposed to have a capacity for twelve passengers. He should move at speeds of up to 9 Ma, ie 11,025 kilometers per hour. A flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Japan, could take about an hour, while today’s airliners need 11 hours for this route.
Space frontier flights
Although the company refers to Stargazer as “Space plane”, in fact, this machine does not look into space. It should be at a maximum altitude of 170,000 feet (about 52 kilometers), well below the Karman border at an altitude of 100 kilometers, which is generally accepted as the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.
The Stargazer should take off using jet engines just like a regular airplane. In the next phase of the flight – when it is at a sufficient altitude – it would move to rocket propulsion. CTO Andrew Duggleby said he expected Stargazer’s first ground test in 2025 at the earliest. “Not less than five years of flight testing to ensure safety, reliability and performance”.
Ideally, Stargazer tickets could cost about the same as a first-class ticket on a regular commercial aircraft. However, this is only a prerequisite – according to Duggleby, a number of variables still need to be resolved to determine the final price.
Million investment injections
At the moment, it is not clear when the company plans to make a full-scale prototype, or when the aircraft could be ready for commercial operation. Venus Aerospace is also considering construction hypersonic dronehowever, no renders or information have yet been published for this type of machine.
Since its inception in 2020, the company has received investments of $ 32 million from private sources and another $ 1 million from the government. The finances are to help her meet the main goal of a high-speed aircraft.
The core of Venus Aerospace is made up of veterans in the field of aviation, military, research and development, who are currently focusing on three main areas: a next-generation zero-emission rocket engine, an innovative aircraft shape and a state-of-the-art cooling system that will allow the Stargazer to take off from existing spaceports without the need for new infrastructure.
The competition is not sleeping
The company says it has grown “rapidly” over the past year, adding that “Designed and built its demonstration engine, conducted key experiments in hypersonic wind tunnels and test facilities across the United States, and launched ground testing at the Houston spaceport.”.
Another company that focuses on traveling by high-speed planes is Colorado Boom. He continues to develop the supersonic aircraft Overturewhich is to carry up to 75 passengers and fly at 1.7 Ma, which is almost twice the speed of today’s fastest airliners.
Although Boom still has a lot of design work and testing ahead of him, United Airlines has been so impressed with its plans that they have preliminarily agreed to buy up to 50 aircraft with a view to putting them into commercial operation in 2029.