Virgin Galactic is still aiming to send tourists to space, but the space tourism company is also looking at how to whiz people across our planet as quickly as possible.
Virgin Galactic has premiered a new jet design for high speed air travel: a streamlined, Concorde-esque delta-wing aircraft with capacity for nine to 19 people cruising at an altitude of over 60,000 feet.
The super-fast jet will travel at Mach 3 — three times faster than the speed of sound.
Virgin Galactic has also announced a partnership with Rolls-Royce to design and develop engine propulsion technology for futuristic high-speed commercial aircraft like this one. Rolls-Royce is known for its airplane engine design and notably designed the engine that fueled the supersonic Concorde, which traveled at Mach 2.
There are other influential heavyweights advising Virgin Galactic, too. In May, Virgin Galactic signed a deal with NASA to share expertise and resources.