Supersonic travel

A lot of people are excited about the prospects for supersonic travel and I’m no exception. I’m delighted to share that Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing team, The Spaceship Company, has partnered with Denver-based Boom Supersonic to work on just that.

The Spaceship Company, which is responsible for building our SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, has been selected to apply the manufacturing, development and test capability that have been developed for our own Virgin Galactic space program.

Boom hosted an industry event in Denver to introduce their XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, a subscale prototype of the Boom supersonic passenger airliner. The Spaceship Company’s chairman Doug Shane spoke on behalf of the team, and I sent over the video below too. As I told the team, supersonic travel for both cargo and humans will result in many exciting and efficient benefits. There are tremendous hurdles ahead and equally there are lots of terrific people and companies all working together to finally make supersonic travel a reality.

Our Virgin space companies are doing their part to transport us into the future, from Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight program to Launcher One’s satellite program, to The Spaceship Company manufacturing vehicles for the future, including Boom’s supersonic jets.

This is the first step on the journey to build the world’s first privately developed supersonic jet and fastest civil aircraft ever. There is no doubt that supersonic travel will take a lot of hard work, partners, and investment. This is the kind of innovation that will change the future of transportation and the future of how we do business – and Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company, and I are all excited to be part of it.

Head over to The Spaceship Company to find out more and follow Virgin Galactic on social media to follow the latest from our space program.


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