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Venus Aerospace wants to take you from Los Angeles to Tokyo in one hour | Digital Trends Spanish

If time is of the essence, then the idea of ​​traveling to a future vacation spot aboard the hypersonic aircraft of Venus Aerospace can be attractive. His offer: travel from Los Angeles to Tokyo in 1 hour.

The Houston, Texas-based company shared this week performances of a hypersonic passenger plane called the Stargazer that he intends to build for commercial use. You can see the design in the following video:

The plane will carry 12 passengers at speeds up to Mach 9, which is just shy of 7,000 mph. To give some context, the company is teasing the idea of ​​flying from Los Angeles to Tokyo in 60 minutes, even though at those kinds of speeds you could fly anywhere you want in that amount of time.

While Venus Aerospace is describing the Stargazer as a “space plane,” its maximum altitude will be 170,000 feet (about 52 kilometers), well below the Kármán line, the point 328,000 feet (100 kilometers) above Earth that it is generally considered the point where the space begins.

It’s unclear when Venus Aerospace expects to have a full-scale prototype ready, or indeed when it envisions the plane might be ready for commercial service. He says he also hopes to build a hypersonic drone, though renderings for that particular vehicle have not yet been released.

Since its founding in 2020, Venus Aerospace has raised $32 million in private funding, plus an additional $1 million from the government, to help it meet its goal of fully developing its high-speed aircraft.

The Venus Aerospace team is comprised of aerospace, military, and research and development veterans who are currently focused on three main areas, namely, a next-generation, zero-emissions rocket engine; an innovative aircraft shape; and a state-of-the-art cooling system that will allow Stargazer to lift off from existing spaceports without the need for any new infrastructure.

The company said it has “scaled up rapidly” over the past year, adding that it has “designed and built its technology demonstration engine, executed key experiments in hypersonic wind tunnels and propulsion test facilities across the United States, and started a ground test campaign at Spaceport Houston.

Another outfit with an eye on high-speed air travel is Colorado-based Boom. The company continues work on the development of the Overture, a supersonic aircraft designed to carry up to 75 passengers and fly at speeds of Mach-1.7, roughly twice the speed of today’s fastest aircraft. While it still has a lot of design and testing work ahead of it, United Airlines is so interested in Boom’s plan that it has agreed in principle to buy up to 50 of the planes with a view to putting them into commercial service in 2029.

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