Velontra partners with Venus Aerospace for propulsion system

Based in Cincinnati/Dayton, Ohio Velontra has partnered with Venus Aerospace in Houston, Texas to develop a revolutionary propulsion system. Velontra’s afterburner promises to allow Venus’ hypersonic aircraft to take off from any airport in the world where it will travel to any destination on Earth in about an hour.

“This is an exciting relationship,” said Velontra CEO Robert Keane III. “Our afterburner complements Venus’ quest to use its rocket engine to travel at the hypersonic speed of Mach 9 (nine times the speed of sound) as it moves along the edge of the atmosphere. earthly.”

Keane also says this contract with Venus Aerospace is validation of the market need for the Velontra propulsion system that can transport passengers quickly and efficiently around the world. Their air-breathing propulsion system is up to 6 times more fuel efficient than any rocket and uses oxygen from the air, creating thousands of pounds of additional payload capacity. Velontra’s development process is also fast and more cost-effective than most traditional aerospace and defense contractors.

The Venus Aerospace Stargazer is designed as an exceptionally sleek aircraft, proposed to measure 100 feet wide by 150 feet long. It is expected to weigh around 150,000 pounds and seat up to 12 passengers. It’s the brainchild of Venus founders and renowned space engineers Sarah “Sassie” Duggleby and her husband, Dr. Andrew Duggleby.

“We are thrilled to partner with Velontra; the additional performance they can bring to our hypersonic vehicles is unparalleled. Rob and Joel bring incredible experience, and we are excited to see more technologists and entrepreneurs entering the cutting-edge technology arena. We (the US) need more shots on goal, and innovation comes by doing. Velontra is a great example of that,” says Dr. Duggleby, CTO and Co-Founder from Venus Aerospace.

“While Venus began its quest a little before us, this relationship allows us to develop our flight tests faster than originally planned,” reveals Keane.

The timing couldn’t be better. Velontra has been accepted into the latest cohort of the prestigious Y-Combinator, an American tech and startup accelerator in Silicon Valley. Among its graduates are household names such as Door Dash, Airbnb, Uber and Instacart. Its technology graduates include Momentus and Boom Supersonic.

“Y-Combinator only admits 1.5% to 2% of applicants and even less in the aerospace industry,” says Keane. “This investment achievement and our cutting-edge work with Venus Aerospace has paved the way for groundbreaking success.”

“All of us at Velontra see this as a synergistic relationship with Venus where we can combine our unique technologies to develop something the world has never seen before,” said Joel Darin, Velontra’s Chief Technology Officer.

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