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Hypersonic space plane that can take-off from any location and weather

Velontra is building a hypersonic space plane that can takeoff from anywhere in any weather. This horizontal takeoff increases launch reliability and enables customers to directly access any orbit. Our air-breathing propulsion system is up to 6 times more fuel efficient than any rocket, and uses oxygen from the air which creates thousands of pounds of additional payload capacity. We have millions in current government/commercial contracts and LOI’s. We have assembled a team of industry experts, government senior executives, and a NASA astronaut. The hypersonic space plane will work by taking off from any runway with a jet propulsion system. Next, it will climb to over 100,000’ and Mach 5. At this point, it will launch a 2nd stage rocket directly into the desired Low Earth Orbit. Velontra is “boldly going where no one has gone before.”

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Velontra
Founded:2021
Team Size:4
Location:Cincinnati, OH

Active Founders

Joel Darin

Most recently first employee at Hermeus where I designed, built and tested a Turbine-Based-Combined-Cycle prototype demonstrator up to Mach 4+. Prior to that I worked at GE Aviation in Afterburner Design. Before GE I was at Georgia Tech where I did research in computational fluid dynamic simulations of reacting flows while obtaining a MS in Combustion. I started at Michigan State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

Joel Darin
Joel Darin
Velontra

Robert Keane III

Robert served ten years as a Force Recon Marine and was awarded for valor in combat. Robert graduated ERAU and holds a MSAE. Robert performed as an engineer for military exhaust systems at GE Aviation for multiple engines. He transitioned to a principal engineer role at BAE Systems working on the Railgun program and facilitated the manufacture and assembly of hypersonic launchers. Robert’s vision is to accelerate the team to develop new technology and “Boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Robert Keane III
Robert Keane III
Velontra