British Virgin Galactic best known for its developments in space travel unveiled a concept for a high-speed passenger aircraft called Mach 3. The company claims that the vehicle will be capable of travelling at three times the speed of sound.
The Mach 3 aircraft would be able to carry between 9 and 19 passengers and fly at an altitude above 18,300 meters. Owing to its triangular delta wings, the aircraft would be capable of travelling at Mach 3, or 3,704 kilometers per hour, which is three times the speed of sound.
“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” – highlighted the brand.
Virgin Galactic claimed the propulsion system of Mach 3 would be less harmful to the environment than existing jet engines – they partnered with aviation engineer Rolls-Royce to develop its engine propulsion technology.
The development of the aircraft has now progressed onto the next phase, which involves finalizing the architecture of the aircraft and selecting the materials to be used in its manufacturing.