Virgin Galactic on Tuesday launched a new partnership with NASA to promote high-speed, peer-to-peer technology,media CNET reported. According to a press release, the space bill agreement is intended to promote cooperation between NASA, Virgin Galactic and its subsidiary, Spaceship Company, to support U.S. efforts to “produce a high-mach-class vehicle that is technically viable for potential civilian applications.”
Virgin Galactic says it wants to work with industry partners to develop a safe and efficient high-speed aircraft. These efforts will be centred on sustainable development. “This is the beginning of an important partnership between Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company that will support the development of future aviation technologies,” George Whitesides, chief executive of Virgin Galactic Holdings, said in a statement.
“Virgin Galactic’s unique experience and innovative technology platform will work with NASA and other government agencies to advance new technological steps and improve U.S. competitiveness,” Whitesides said. “We see this as an area with huge growth potential and we will continue to invest in it while we are in the commercial space business.” “
James Kenyon, NASA’s director of aircraft programs, said the agreement will allow both organizations to apply new technologies and processes over the past 50 years and “explore potential new solutions for the commercial aviation industry.”