With Venus Aerospace, another US company wants to develop a supersonic aircraft that should take one hour instead of the current eleven hours to fly across the Pacific. The aircraft, called “Stargazer”, is said to reach up to 9 times the speed of sound (Mach 9) and all this with a drive that should not emit any CO₂. The company has now presented the plans in Houston, Texas, where Venus Aerospace is based. Stargazer has only been in development since 2020, and in addition to the aircraft, the startup is also working on a “supersonic drone”. The company has already secured $34 million in funding for both projects.
“This time it will work”
Venus Aerospace was founded by former employees of the US space company Virgin Orbit. The Duggleby couple have been fascinated by supersonic travel since they both missed a grandmother’s birthday because flights from Japan to the US take too long, according to a report by Bloomberg. Meanwhile, 15 people work in their company, but the two admit that their idea is not new: “Every few decades people try it,” the US financial magazine quotes Andrew Duggleby as saying. “This time it will work”. He bases his confidence on his own engines, which are significantly more efficient. They estimate it will take them about a decade to develop the plane.
However, Venus Aerospace has yet to prove that people are willing to pay the necessary extra costs to save time. Previous concepts or the Concorde actually used (maximum speed Mach 2.23) have not been accepted. Nevertheless, Venus Aerospace is not the only one who believes that the time for supersonic travel is now. A year ago, for example, the US airline United Airlines ordered 15 copies of the planned Overture jet from the manufacturer Boom Supersonic. From 2029 it will carry passengers at Mach 1.7. The US company Aerion, which wanted to build two civilian supersonic aircraft, surprisingly closed last year.
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