DE­SIGNS FUL­FILLED

caught up to pas­sen­gers’ fan­cies

Jetgala - - NOTAM - Ka­t­rina Bal­maceda Uy ED­I­TOR

Once in a while, one comes across an air­craft con­cept that hits all the marks: a sexy sil­hou­ette, ex­pan­sive views, spa­cious in­te­ri­ors, and the abil­ity to take pas­sen­gers faster and far­ther than any ex­ist­ing pri­vate jet ever could. Most of these are ideas for ideas’ sake — drawn and de­tailed merely to sat­isfy the dreamer’s fancy.

A few, though, be­come spring­boards for more real­is­tic de­signs. Some of these are even­tu­ally ren­dered in pro­to­types; fewer still sur­vive the ar­du­ous process of test­ing and re-en­gi­neer­ing. And then there’s the ques­tion of whether the air­craft will whet enough ap­petites to be able to suc­ceed in the mar­ket.

There’s no lack of de­sire, though, when it comes to space tourism. Now, it ap­pears that the de­signs and prod­ucts have fi­nally caught up to pas­sen­gers’ fan­cies. Start­ing next year, a few pas­sen­ger spaceplanes are ex­pected to be­gin flights to low Earth or­bit, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of com­mer­cial space tourism. This is faster progress than that of su­per­sonic busi­ness jets, the de­vel­op­ment of which has been hin­dered by bans on over­land su­per­sonic flight due to sonic booms.

Pas­sen­ger space­craft, so­lar flight, ver­sa­tile busi­ness jets, and other de­vel­op­ments are cel­e­brated in this edi­tion, along with the be­spoke life­style. This edi­tion of Jet­gala also comes with de­vel­op­ments of its own — a dif­fer­ent look, and many new team mem­bers. It re­mains, though, the same mag­a­zine that has cel­e­brated the growth of pri­vate and busi­ness avi­a­tion in the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion since 2010.

We hope you con­tinue to en­joy these pages, the road, and the run­way ahead.

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