Valius Venckunas

Supersonic jet, a smokescreen for Virgin Galactic losses?

A lot of news lately came from Richard Branson’s space-conquering venture Virgin Galactic, including the new spaceship cabin, new supersonic aircraft, and even the announcement of the first spaceflight of the founder himself. The company normally comes to public attention once every few months. Such an amount of publicity is rather unusual. Could it be that there is a reason behind that?...


Valius Venckunas

Spike bids on selling its supersonic aircraft to major airlines

Spike Aerospace, one of the major ventures that strive to bring back commercial supersonic flight, has hired former Virgin Australia CEO John Thomas in hopes to broaden the appeal of company’s exclusive product....


Maja Mandzikashvili

Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial plane reaching Mach 2

Tu-144 was the first supersonic passenger aircraft developed by Tupolev Design Bureau in the 60s in the Soviet Union. Often compared to its Western counterpart, Aerospatiale / BAC Concorde, the Tupolev Tu- 144 was the largest and heaviest transport aircraft in aviation history that reached Mach 2 speed on May 26, 1970....


Ruta Burbaite

Supersonic drama: Aerion changes partners from Lockheed to Boeing

It is becoming increasingly harder to keep up with all the latest developments in the industry-wide efforts to revive faster than the speed of sound air travel. Everyone wants to get hold of the lucrative market of future supersonic passenger flight: from plane makers, aerospace and defense companies to even national space agencies. Having recently made a “significant investment” in Aerion, Boeing is keen on bringing the AS2 supersoni...


Ruta Burbaite

First supersonic business jet on track to fly in 2023

Supersonic jet maker Aerion revealed a concrete timeline for the final stages in the development of its first supersonic business jet – the AS2 – saying it is “on track” for first test flight in 2023. ...