Virgin Galactic and Rolls-Royce signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday to help develop future high-speed commercial aircraft. The latter is known for its high-end luxury cars, while Rolls-Royce also operates a wide range of powersystems divisions that focus on clean and safe energy.
While Rolls-Royce is responsible for future engine propulsion technology, Virgin Galactic will continue to design future aircraft, which the company says will make high-speed travel a reality. The first image of the plane depicts the aircraft’s triangular wing style, which gives a mid-century jet-age feel.
Virgin Galactic aims to triple the speed of the aircraft, or Mach 3, at an altitude of 60,000 feet, and plans to carry up to 19 passengers at a time. At speeds of up to 2,300 miles per hour, the plane can reduce the journey to the east and west coasts of the United States to just 90 minutes.
The company continues to work with NASA on various requests for high-speed air travel. Virgin Galactic also mentioned its partnership with Boeing, though it did not say what the U.S. company was doing on the project. The company doesn’t provide a timetable, and we might expect its supersonic aircraft to become a reality.