Venus Aerospace Unveils Stargazer – their first conceptual hypersonic vehicle designed for one-hour global travel
Venus Aerospace, an aerospace startup, has made an exciting announcement at the UP.Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas. The company introduced their first conceptual vehicle design, the “Stargazer”, which will fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo in just an hour.
The Mach 9 hypersonic aircraft has been under development since the company’s founding in 2020. The aircraft’s design is meant to allow it to fly at hypersonic speeds at the edge of the atmosphere.
This kind of design is no joke and requires some serious funding. Venus has been backed by leading venture capitalists and has received $1 million in government funding. The company has stated they have raised over $33 million to build a Mach 9 hypersonic drone and Mach 9 spaceplane – each of which will be capable of one-hour global travel.
Venus has made significant progress since their founding, scaling rapidly in their bid to design and build a demonstration engine. This engine has since been tested in hypersonic wind tunnels and propulsion test facilities across the U.S.. Next tests include their plans to start subsonic and supersonic flight testing of a scaled drone.
With a team of experts including aerospace, military, and R&D veterans, the company is focused on three main technologies: a zero-emission next-generation rocket engine, innovative aircraft shape, and leading-edge cooling.
This combination of technology could be the key to making one-hour global transport a cost-effective possibility.
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