Hypersonic Aircraft promises Flights Around the Globe in One Hour
Velontra, a Cincinnati/Dayton-based company, has partnered with Venus Aerospace in Houston, Texas, to develop a revolutionary propulsion system. Velontra claims that its after-burner system will enable Venus’ hypersonic aircraft to take off from any airport in the world where it will travel to any destination on Earth in about one hour.
“This is an exciting relationship,” says Velontra CEO Robert Keane III. “Our after-burner system rounds out Venus’ quest to use their rocket engine to travel at the hypersonic speed of Mach 9 (nine times the speed of sound) as it travels along the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere.”
Keane says that Velontra’s air-breathing propulsion system is up to six times more fuel efficient than any rocket and uses oxygen from the air which creates thousands of pounds of additional payload capacity. Velontra’s development process is also quick and more economical than most traditional aerospace and defense contractors.
The Venus Aerospace “Stargazer” is designed as an unusually sleek aircraft, proposed to be 100 feet wide by 150 feet long. It is expected to weigh around 150,000 pounds and accommodate up to 12 passengers.
“We are excited to partner with Velontra; the extra performance they can bring to our hypersonic vehicles is unmatched. Rob and Joel bring incredible experience, and we are excited to see more technologists and entrepreneurs enter the deep-tech venture arena. We (the U.S.) need more shots on goal, and innovation happens by doing. Velontra is a prime example of this,” says Dr. Andrew Duggleby, chief technology officer and co-founder of Venus Aerospace.
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