Virgin Galactic uses space tech to create new supersonic jet

The space tourism company Virgin Galactic teams up with Rolls Royce to create a new Mach 3 supersonic aircraft.

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  • 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.
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Want to invest into space? Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is going public

Astronaut company Virgin Galactic will become first to be publicly traded.

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  • 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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New 700-mph hyperloop pod can go from L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies recently unveiled the Quintero One, a hyperloop passenger capsule that can travel at a top speed of about 760 mph.

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  • 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.
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Richard Branson doubles down on this 1931 prediction

It turns out Winston Churchill wrote an essay of predictions titled 'Fifty Years Hence'—and while he was off on the timing, some are finally coming true.

Stephen Hawking, Given Two Years to Live in 1963, Is Going To Space Over 50 Years Later

Stephen Hawking has accepted an offer to go to space. He's one of the world's most famous scientists, who's been paralyzed due to ALS for much of his life.

Dr. Stephen Hawking delivers a speech entitled 'Why we should go into space' on April 21, 2008, at George Washington University's Morton Auditorium in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul. E. Alers/NASA via G

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