The space tourism company Virgin Galactic teams up with Rolls Royce to create a new Mach 3 supersonic aircraft.
- Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has announced a partnership with Rolls Royce.
- The space tourism company will create a new supersonic jet for super-fast travel on Earth.
- The aircraft will travel at Mach 3 – three times the speed of sound.
Credit: Virgin Galactic
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Astronaut company Virgin Galactic will become first to be publicly traded.
- Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic will go public later this year.
- People will be able to buy shares when Virgin Galactic merges with a shell company.
- The company aims to raise enough capital through investment to sustain itself until profitability.
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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies recently unveiled the Quintero One, a hyperloop passenger capsule that can travel at a top speed of about 760 mph.
- Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, or HTT, is one of several companies seeking to build the world's first hyperloop.
- HTT's new passenger pod can carry about 30 to 40 people, and the company plans to test it at a track in France.
- The CEO hopes to have a full-scale hyperloop up and running in about three years.
Artist rendering of a passenger capsule on track.
Image: HTT<p>HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn hopes to have a full-scale hyperloop running in a few years.</p><p>"In three years, you and me, we can take a hyperloop," he told <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/02/ground-transport-at-760-mph-new-hyperloop-passenger-pod-unveiled.html" target="_blank">CNBC</a>, adding that widespread implementation of hyperloop systems could occur within five to 10 years. "It's definitely much sooner than anybody would expect," Ahlborn said.</p><p>Based in California, HTT has said it wants to be the first company to build a hyperloop in the U.S. In February, the company published a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy_7Az_v0CI" target="_blank">video</a> teasing the possibility of building a hyperloop that would connect Cleveland to Chicago, though Ohio officials said they'll need to complete a months-long feasibility test before HTT could potentially pursue the plans.</p>
Artist rendering of a hyperloop station.
Image: HTT<p>HTT plans to test Quintero One at a track in Toulouse, France. The company has already signed agreements with China, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates to build full-scale hyperloops in the coming years.</p><p>In addition to HTT, two other companies are vying to build the first full-scale hyperloop in the U.S.: <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/29/richard-branson-wants-hyperloop-up-and-running-within-3-years.html" target="_blank">Richard Branson's Virgin Hyperloop One</a>, which he hopes to have ready within three years; and Elon Musk's Boring Company, which recently began building a prototype of a tunnel system that could someday <a href="https://www.theverge.com/transportation/2018/9/13/17856078/elon-musk-boring-company-underground-garage-hyperloop" target="_blank">connect residential garages to a hyperloop</a>.</p>
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