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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Boeing's venture arm HorizonX announced on Tuesday it will invest $20 million in Sir Richard Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic to help develop the technologies needed to make hypersonic air travel possible one day.

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It seems pretty risky. Hypersonic travel is much more dangerous and risky than supersonic travel. And we all remember that only one crash of the Concorde killed supersonic travel.

Besides, who really needs to get to Tokyo from the US in two hours?

Same with space tourism. There will be a strong market until one person gets killed by an exploding or malfunctioning vehicle as happened with two of the 135 space shuttle misions. 1:68 are not very good odds when it's your life on the line.

#1 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-08 02:15 PM | Reply

Besides, who really needs to get to Tokyo from the US in two hours?

#1 | POSTED BY GOATMAN AT 2019-10-08 02:15 PM | FLAG:

People who's time costs upwards of $40k/hr. The question is, are they cool with wearing a spacesuit to travel that fast? It was a huge technical challenge not to kill SR-71 crews and the suits were the backup in case of system failure, which did happen.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-10-08 05:08 PM | Reply

Is $20MM really that big an investment considering what it would actually cost to research, develop and test this sort of tech? Or is this more of a goodwill gesture by Boeing?

#3 | Posted by JOE at 2019-10-08 05:25 PM | Reply

I think Boeing is simply desperate to spend money on anything that doesn't have two sevens and a three in the name, to distract from the fact that they wantonly killed 338 people and still haven't really been held accountable.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-08 05:35 PM | Reply

Or is this more of a goodwill gesture by Boeing?

More likely to have a few senior Boeing execs jump the line to be first... why?...because if you want to be an Alpha Dog.... you need an Alpha Dog resume'...

Mt Everest no longer counts.... everyone has done that one....

If you think this is dumb, silly or doesn't make sense... then your way back of the pack sniffing everyone else's tail and stepping on Alpha dog ----.

#5 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-10-09 12:26 PM | Reply

You ridiculous people. It's BoeingHorizonX investment. The mission of that is to spend money on emerging technologies. They have invested in SABRE engine, battery, 3d printing, micro satellite, materials, and other startups along with global STEM educational challenges.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-10-09 01:06 PM | Reply

It's BoeingHorizonX investment. The mission of that is to spend money on emerging technologies.

Is... what you would say in a pr press release to investment bankers and the general public....

Saying your gonna spend 20 million so a few exec's can go flyin into space won't go over well with the Unions and the workers being laid off.

ahhhh ummm corporations don't always tell the truth.

As for hypersonic travel, THAT market is way too small.

There will NEVER be a large Concord type hypersonic aircraft carrying paying passengers.

More likely would be a remote hypersonic drone carrying 4 to 6 passengers. It would be more cost effective and the technology for it already exists.... TODAY...

Just think.... what travels between continents at hypersonic speeds with a landing that ends in a big bang...???

Working Hypersonic technology is actually 50 years old... and much of it is still classified.

#7 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-10-09 02:31 PM | Reply

I would think it's only a pipe dream unless they are thinking of inflight refueling. Aircraft use copious amounts of fuel when flying faster than the speed of sound. I would love to get across the pacific in 2 hours though, but a hyper sonic passenger liner is about as relevant as the upcoming star trek transporters.

#8 | Posted by Badcat at 2019-10-09 03:57 PM | Reply

I guess that is because the SST was such a raving success.

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-10-09 04:20 PM | Reply

Is... what you would say in a pr press release to investment bankers and the general public....

#7 | POSTED BY PEGASUS AT 2019-10-09 02:31 PM | FLAG:

It's what you create for tax write-offs for investing in R&D. Yes, obviously it has far more than commercial applications. All of their investments do.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-10-09 05:54 PM | Reply

and as I noted up-thread, even high supersonic travel for business is an absurd notion.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-10-09 06:20 PM | Reply

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