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Can you imagine the effect of moving from one continent to another in just one hour? Travel around the world in about four hours? A US agency says you can do it soon. This Venus space , A Houston-based startup that is building a twelve-passenger plane capable of reaching Mach 9 (6,905.42 mph) speeds. The company is working on the development of three different technologies: a state-of-the-art engine used by space rockets, an aerodynamic design for aircraft and a unique cooling system. The company estimates that the aircraft can take off from any airport like a conventional aircraft and rise 35,000 feet. At that moment, the liquid fuel engine will be started, which will help it reach 170,000 feet and pass 6,000 miles per hour, which will be helped by the atmospheric conditions.
In a press release issued by the company yesterday, Andrew Dougalby, co-founder of the company with his wife Sarah, explained: For a long time, but only now. “
In the same statement, Venus Aerospace announced a 20 million fundraiser led by a series of financing rounds. Prime Movers Lab , A firm that invests in scientifically innovative companies. Duggleby added: “We will use this round of funding to conduct flight and engine tests. Houston Spaceport . Bringing this technology to systems, drones and finally space planes will require experienced as well as bright new minds. We have moved from the impossible to the difficult and this investment will allow us to take the next step. ”
All in all the startup has grown 33 million And among the companies participating in the recent round of funding Dropper Associates , To promote , Sat 5 , Seraf Group , How many? And Helm and Tamarak Global .
The press release makes it clear that the project to make hypersonic flight a reality is still in its infancy. You can learn more about the project on the official website of Venus Aerospace.
How fast will the Venus aerospace plane be?
To put things in perspective and understand what the company is trying to do, here is a comparison of the speeds that different aircraft can achieve:
Commercial flight: 800 to 1,040 km / h
Concord: 2,179 km / h
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (fastest military aircraft): 3,500 km / h
Fri: 11,113 km / h
Falcon 9 (from SpaceX) : 28,968 km / h
Venus Aerospace is not the only company working on the development of hypersonic flights. Its competitors include Hermione and Space Transportation.