Venus Aerospace

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Venus Aerospace is a deep-tech aviation and aerospace company currently developing and testing Stargazer, a hypersonic spaceplane that will enable one-hour global travel.

Composed of an expert team of rocket scientists, engineers, military veterans, and Ph.D. holders in a wide variety of disciplines, Venus Aerospace prides itself on taking on the biggest challenges in aerospace and pushing the limits of modern technology. The company also prioritizes the family life of its employees, encouraging every person on staff to always make it home on time for dinner.


Founded in 2020 with close to $3 million in seed funding, Venus Aerospace is a cutting-edge aviation and aerospace firm focused on engineering the future of hypersonic flight. From the moment of its inception, the company’s core mission was to make the ambitious and futuristic-sounding goal of one-hour global transport into a present-day reality in order to better connect the world.

By 2022, the company had secured a remarkable $33 million USD in private investment, coupled with an additional $1 million USD in government funding, signifying just how excited both the free market and the public sector were concerning the creation of their hypersonic air vehicle. This booster shot of financial backing provided the liquidity needed for Venus Aerospace to fully explore its groundbreaking designs unabated and further push the boundaries of modern aviation.

In a momentous stride towards transforming the way human beings travel around the globe, Venus Aerospace unveiled the first designs for Stargazer, its hypersonic prototype, in 2022. The spaceplane, capable of reaching the eye-popping speed of Mach 9 (heretofore unheard of for a passenger aircraft), captured the imaginations of scientists, industrialists, and ordinary air travellers worldwide, and solidified the company’s reputation as the unquestioned vanguard of aerospace.

The prestigious addition of Airbus Ventures to Venus Aerospace’s list of investors in 2023 reaffirmed its growing influence within the industry. Around the same time, Sarah ‘Sassie’ Duggleby, the visionary CEO overseeing the company’s rapid ascent, was recognized for her leadership and innovation, earning a spot on Inc. Magazine’s sixth annual ‘Female Founders’ list.

Over the next few months, Venus Aerospace forged strategic partnerships with two federal institutions; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). These collaborations paid off in 2024 with the development of cutting-edge engine technology due to its efforts with the former, and the successful completion of the first long-duration engine test of its Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine (RDRE) due to its efforts with the latter. These triumphs underscored the company’s ability to push the boundaries of propulsion technology. That same year, Venus Aerospace accomplished yet another milestone, as it executed the first successful test of a supersonic drone, marking a new era of unmanned flight.

In 2024, Sarah Duggleby was appointed to the Texas Space Commission’s Board of Directors in 2024 in recognition of her exemplary leadership and contributions to the aerospace industry.

Products and Services

Venus Aerospace conceives, engineers, manufactures, and tests reusable hypersonic technology that will revolutionize and redefine the boundaries of aviation, transportation, and defence. One example of such a piece of technology is the RDRE, but the company has many more ideas in the pipeline. Then there is Stargazer, a hypersonic spaceplane prototype that can reach the speed of Mach 9 and the company’s flagship aircraft, which is currently in its final stages of development. The company has also created and successfully flown a supersonic drone with multiple potential uses in the realms of surveillance and national security.

Financial Performance

At the company’s inception in 2020, it was in possession of $3 million USD in seed funding. By 2022, it had raised $33 million USD in private investment, with an additional $1 million USD in government funding.


Releasing the first designs for Stargazer, Venus Aerospace’s hypersonic spaceplane capable of reaching the speed of Mach 9, to the world in 2022.
Adding Airbus Ventures to the company’s roster of investors in 2023.
Sarah ‘Sassie’ Duggleby, CEO of Venus Aerospace, being named to Inc.’s sixth annual Female Founders list in 2023.
Partnering with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to develop new engine Technology in 2024.
Achieving the first long-duration engine test of the company’s Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine (RDRE) in partnership with DARPA in 2024.
Successfully completing a supersonic drone flight test on its inaugural flight in 2024.
Sarah Duggleby being named to the Texas Space Commission’s Board of Directors in 2024.