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Los Angeles to Tokyo in an hour — a Texas startup is building a Mach 12 hypersonic plane that could dramatically reduce travel times

  • Venus Aerospace, a Houston startup, said its working on a Mach 12 hypersonic aircraft.
  • Travel between Los Angeles and Tokyo could take a hour, the company said. 
  • Prime Movers Lab led Venus Aerospace’s $3 million seed funding round in March. 
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Venus Aerospace, a Houston startup, said it’s working on a Mach 12 hypersonic aircraft that would cut travel time from Los Angeles to Tokyo to one hour. 

“This is for regular people,” CEO Sarah “Sassie” Duggleby told Bloomberg Businessweek.

At top speed, the aircraft would be moving about 12 times the speed of sound, The Houston Chronicle reported. Most commercial flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo make the trip in about 12 hours. 

The company said on its website that it’s made…

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