Reno, NV / Eugene, OR: 2 February 2021 – Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology, has selected Rosen Aviation to develop a new Cabin Management & Technology System (CMTS) for the world’s first supersonic business jet, the AS2®.

Rosen Aviation join Aerion’s growing team of world-renowned technical partners, as progress on the AS2’s development gathers pace ahead of manufacturing commencing in 2023 at Aerion Park in Melbourne, Florida. Rosen Aviation has specialized in cabin electronics for nearly 40 years. The Eugene, Oregon based technology supplier will develop the CMTS system, software sophistication and cabin experience for the 8-10 passenger, private jet.

“We are beyond thrilled to partner with a company, like Aerion, that is poised to revolutionize the business jet market,” said Lee Clark, Senior VP Strategy at Rosen Aviation. “From the very beginning, it was clear that our two organizations shared many core values, and, most importantly, a vision for the future.”

“Our drive at Aerion is to make AS2® an icon in aviation history – a leap into the future of speed and global connectivity, while also setting a new standard for luxury,” says Tim Fagan, Aerion’s Head of Industrial Design & Cabin Experience. “The AS2’s cabin will combine traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies and will emphasize the truly unique character of this supersonic aircraft. We look forward to collaborating with Rosen to create a truly immersive and intuitive cabin environmental that delivers previously unseen levels of passenger-technology interface.”

Aerion’s pursuit of faster point-to-point travel begins with the launch of the AS2® supersonic business jet. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible from first flight, the AS2® is the first supersonic aircraft designed to be powered by 100% engineered synthetic fuel and reach supersonic speeds without the need for an afterburner.

The manufacture of 300 AS2® aircraft is planned for the first decade of production. The AS2® will be the first aircraft to be assembled at the company’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida – Aerion Park. The state-of-the-art development – powered by sustainable technology – will incorporate headquarters operations plus an integrated campus for research, design, build, and maintenance of the company’s aircraft.

 

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About Aerion:

Aerion is founded on a core belief of bringing humanity closer. The company’s vision is a future where humanity can travel between any two points on our planet within three hours using new transportation networks – powered by clean energy solutions and enabling a world where distance is no longer a barrier. The starting point is sustainable supersonic flight, led by the world’s first supersonic business jet – the AS2®. More information can be found at www.aerionsupersonic.com

About Rosen:

With its Eugene, Oregon facility, Rosen is a global leader in its three areas of business: aviation cabin electronics, aviation displays, and sensor technologies. Since its inception in 1982, Rosen has focused its technology strategy on providing integrated solutions for an enhanced passenger experience in tomorrow’s aircraft cabin. Rosen advocates for its customer’s interests by delivering on its promise to provide Visionary Insight and Precise Execution.

www.rosenaviation.com

  • Haskell to lead design and build of Aerion Park in Melbourne, Florida
  • Work underway to prepare 110+ acre site for major construction work to take place through 2021-22
  • New state-of-the-art development to home production of the world’s first supersonic business jet – the AS2® – from 2023

Melbourne, FL – January 25, 2021 – Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology has confirmed the finalization of an agreement with Haskell, one of the industry’s foremost integrated design, engineering and construction firms, as the design-build lead for the development of Aerion Park. The new state-of-the-art campus will form Aerion’s global headquarters and will home production of the AS2® business jet from 2023.

“Aerion Park represents the future of sustainable supersonic flight, right here in Melbourne, Florida,” says Tom Vice, Aerion’s Chairman, President & CEO. “The Park will be home to innovation, cutting-edge aircraft construction and the most environmentally sustainable facility of its type anywhere in the world.”

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with Haskell over the years ahead to realize our vision and bring a new, sustainable means of supersonic flight to reality in a truly integrated campus that is Aerion Park – a home that our team and the local community can be very proud of.”

Aerion Park will be located on more than 110 acres of the Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) campus and among a growing cluster of aerospace and technology companies on Florida’s Space Coast. The Park will incorporate the company’s new global headquarters plus an integrated campus for research, design, production and interior completions of the company’s AS2® supersonic business jet and future derivative aircraft.

“We’ve been working with Aerion for several years on the mission to create this transformative product and we couldn’t possibly be more aligned on the objectives of sustainability and the application of so many new technologies in facilities, manufacturing and transportation,” said Paul Raudenbush, Senior Vice President of Planning and Development for Haskell’s Infrastructure & Transportation delivery group. “This site will incorporate more sophisticated requirements than any site recently developed, so it’s perfectly located in Florida’s Space Coast region.”

“We only get a few chances in our brief careers to be involved in something that’s really revolutionary and important to the world, so the entire Haskell team is deeply excited about this partnership and the challenging objective to create the most sustainable manufacturing facility in the world.”

Haskell offers client-focused solutions in the infrastructure and transportation; consumer and packaged goods; and federal and healthcare sectors. A global network of experts provides planning, architectural, engineering, construction and consulting services to clients and communities in locations across the United States, Latin America and Asia.

Just as the AS2® private jet seeks to deliver carbon neutral flight, the home in which it will be created aims to be the most environmentally sustainable of its kind in the aerospace sector. Aerion Park is planned to be powered by clean energy – using the very latest in photovoltaic solar technology to generate energy for manufacturing. On-site electric vehicle charging stations will also be installed and rainwater that lands on the campus reused. Recycled materials will be used in the construction of Aerion Park wherever possible, sourced locally to minimize emissions and the Park will be dedicated to creating zero waste.

Aerion has already established a temporary office location on the Orlando Melbourne International Airport campus to house a growing Florida-based employment base. Work on the new Park is underway, with major construction work commencing later this year ahead of the first AS2® aircraft flight test vehicle commencing production in 2023. Aerion plans to deliver 300 aircraft over ten years of production, supported by a growing domestic and international order backlog which now tops $7 billion.

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About Aerion:

Aerion is founded on a core belief of bringing humanity closer. The company’s vision is a future where humanity can travel between any two points on our planet within three hours using new transportation networks – powered by clean energy solutions and enabling a world where distance is no longer a barrier. The starting point is sustainable supersonic flight, led by the world’s first supersonic business jet – the AS2®. More information can be found at www.aerionsupersonic.com

 

About Haskell:

Haskell, a pioneer in collaborative delivery, is a diverse team of architecture, engineering and construction professionals committed to living our values and advancing our clients, our communities, and our people. Haskell combines an unmatched depth of industry expertise with a corporate culture of transparency and integrity. The result is an extraordinary customer experience. Our global teams are driven by a spirit of innovation that allows us to operate in a highly anticipatory environment, working to connect forward-thinking design with sound construction practices. Learn more at www.haskell.com and @HaskellCo.

 

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It’s no secret airlines cater to their most affluent customers, from showers and spas 39,000 feet into the sky to expanded business class seating. But what if they could go beyond these luxuries, offering something truly special — and not just to the rich? Equipped with a fleet of supersonic jets from Aerion Supersonic, airlines can soon defy passengers’ wildest expectations. How? By giving them back hours on the ground they would otherwise spend in the air. After all, there is no greater extravagance than returning time to the rushed.

At present, the airline industry’s innovations primarily center on comfort. Lufthansa’s latest take on the business class concept, debuting this year in the airline’s Boeing 777-9 aircraft, provides passengers with enough space the cabin could easily be mistaken for a small apartment in New York City. Luxury Travel Magazine calls it an “incomparably upscale, healthy and relaxing flight experience.”

Of course, many other airlines are also in the race to impress customers with high-class offerings. But contemporary luxury travel doesn’t end with the size and configuration of the passenger’s seat. Airlines also compete to provide their clientele with amenities kits featuring the finest brands on Earth. For example, Emirates Airlines provides its first-class passengers a case containing extravagant products by Bulgari, including perfume.

Yet for all the allure of the major airlines’ seating configurations and amenities, they are still not providing passengers with the ultimate flying experience. This can only be achieved with Aerion Supersonic’s AS2® Supersonic Business Jet (SBJ). No matter how impressive the accommodations or service on a subsonic jet, it can never provide the true benefit of a supersonic jet — namely, the ability to cruise at speeds over 1,000 mph, reaching destinations many hours earlier than conventional travel.

Passengers will delight in added time to spend with family and friends, or advancing their business interests. This is the promise of supersonic travel.

Still, it should be noted, Aerion believes there needn’t be a tradeoff between comfort and speed. Yes, the AS2® SBJ is the supersonic private jet that can transport customers to their destinations in record times, but those moments in the air can very much unfold enjoyably for passengers.

Our approach to luxury at supersonic speeds follows several basic tenets. First, each supersonic plane’s interior is designed to spec. Also, the AS2® breaks new ground in multiple ways, beginning with interior design. Our approach is to start with a blank sheet of paper. Our team then incorporates as much flexibility and customization into the process as possible. As a result, customers have a seemingly endless amount of options when generating a unique cabin to match their lifestyle. The subsequent aesthetic comes to life using the highest quality materials in our production facilities. Just think: why should your flying experience be based on someone else’s definition of luxury?

At present, economic conditions suggest only a small percentage of even the most affluent travelers are in the market for a private jet. Over time, however, SBJs will become accessible to more flyers. Consider, for example the VCR, the mainstay of every family’s consumer electronics in the 1980s and well into the 90s. When Sony launched the first Betamax VCR in 1977, it carried a price tag of $2,295. (That’s more than $10,000 in 2020 dollars, far from the affordable device they became in just a few short years.)

The AS2® supersonic jet isn’t likely to immediately become a household item like the VCR. However, there are ways a broader segment of the population could experience supersonic flight sooner rather than later. A forward-thinking airline could build a fleet of AS2® SBJs to offer premium service along busy routes. (Also, since we build interiors to spec, the airline can ensure their passengers experience their brand exactly how they intend.)

Certainly, some affluent passengers will be satisfied with existing first-class travel, but a considerable (and ever growing) segment will be eager to embrace the joy of supersonic flight — especially, when they learn the good news. Forget “low boom” supersonic flight. Aerion offers super-silent flight, featuring our “Boomless Cruise™” technology and efficient GE Affinity supersonic engines. When the SBJ passes overhead people below will never experience a window-rattling sonic boom. Plus, it’s whisper-quiet for those in the cabin, too.

But we saved the best for last. Aerion is the first aircraft manufacturer to commit to carbon neutrality. This means the AS2® will not only carry passengers at incredible speeds — but do so with a negative carbon footprint.

Ultimately, Aerion Supersonic is revolutionizing flight by bringing passengers supersonic travel. Our supersonic jet, the AS2, is safe, quiet, environmentally friendly, and delivers a luxurious experience.

Aerion Supersonic recently announced it has selected Melbourne, Florida, in the heart of the historic Space Coast, as the home for Aerion Park, our new headquarters campus. Florida is a natural home for Aerion, not only for its historical role in the space race, but also for being the epicenter of a new boom in aerospace innovation.

Aerion Park is entering the development phase on 110 acres of land located near Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB). State of the art facilities will include around 2,000,000 sq. ft. of building space, along with taxiways and other ground support features for the AS2® and future supersonic and hypersonic aircraft built at the facility. Aerion Park represents a capital investment of $300 million for construction, machinery, and equipment. We plan to employ 675 people in a wide variety of manufacturing and high-tech roles.

We would like to explain why we are thrilled by the role Aerion Park will play in the future of Aerion Supersonic. In short, we are building a world-class aerospace design, research, manufacturing, and testing campus dedicated to one goal — bringing the world closer together through the power of faster and sustainable point-to-point travel. Aerion Park will be the home of the AS2® supersonic jet, but the AS2® is just the beginning of our important work.

And yet, a common question posed to Aerion’s senior management is “Why build a new campus? Why not just take over an existing facility?” The answer is simple. Aerion is a new company built from the ground up to support advances in supersonic aircraft and to do so in the most environmentally sustainable way. The key to accomplishing this goal is not only a new facility, but one staffed with the rich and diverse workforce of Florida’s Space Coast.

One of the most important features of Aerion Park is it will not just be a manufacturing facility. Every step of the process, from design to training flight crew, will occur in one place, creating efficiencies and process advancements. This approach harkens back to Henry Ford’s River Rouge Complex, which integrated every aspect of automobile manufacturing into one Detroit campus. At Aerion Park, we’ll take the dreams of our engineers, and turn them into supersonic jets to change the world.

To put some perspective on the scope of our operations at Aerion Park, consider the key features located on campus that will be in place to accommodate research, design, build, and maintenance of the company’s supersonic aircraft and future hypersonic derivatives. Additionally, flanking the main site will be a new Aerion Customer Experience Center spread over 22 acres, to which customers will be able to taxi direct from Orlando Melbourne International airport, directly linked by taxiway. Aerion Park will also serve as the company’s design center.

Of course, Aerion Park will also embrace our company’s strong environmental ethic. By building a state-of-the-art campus from scratch, we can ensure the design fits our commitment to sustainability. Our facilities will be built with recycled and locally sourced materials, wherever applicable. We will also look to embrace innovations such as environmentally-friendly concrete for our buildings, as traditional concrete is a major carbon emitter. Our buildings will reuse rainwater, and we are incorporating cutting-edge technologies, like solar panels integrated into window glass. For a high-tech design and manufacturing facility, power is a big concern, one we’re addressing with solar panels in multiple forms throughout the campus, including solar trees, providing shade for our parking lots. (Our goal is to run Aerion Park completely off sustainable energy generated onsite.)

Moving forward, we plan to publish updates as Aerion Park reaches key construction milestones. To learn more about our unique approach to design and manufacturing, supported by the latest AI and Big Data developments, you can read about us in Forbes. In the meantime, we will be hard at work on every aspect of this project, because the AS2® Supersonic Business Jet is slated to start production in 2023.

If you are as excited by Aerion Park, the AS2, and the future of supersonic flight as we are, we invite you to apply to join our team. Yes, we are already hiring in Florida! Even as Aerion Park is under construction. Stay tuned…

  • Construction planning has begun at Aerion Park in Melbourne, Florida to prepare 110+ acre site for start of AS2® production in 2023
  • $300m investment will bring 675 new, high paying jobs to Florida by 2026
  • State-of-the-art Aerion Park development will incorporate company’s new global headquarters plus an integrated campus for research, design, production and interior completions of the company’s AS2® supersonic business aircraft
  • Aerion Park campus is being designed to include the latest in environmentally sustainable technologies
  • AS2® supersonic business jet customer order backlog now extends to $6.5 billion+

Melbourne, FL – December 10, 2020 – Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology has started development at Aerion Park – the company’s future state-of-the-art global headquarters that will home production of the AS2® business jet from 2023.

Aerion Park – which will represent a capital investment of more than $300m in construction, machinery and equipment – will bring at least 675 new jobs in Florida by 2026 as the company ramps-up operations ahead of production of the AS2® private jet commencing in 2023. The company will be recruiting aircraft builders, designers, engineers, programmers and scientists while also expecting to enhance future employment in the wider mobility eco system.

“This is a truly exciting day for Aerion as we launch our new home and the future of sustainable supersonic flight here in Melbourne, Florida,” says Tom Vice, Aerion’s Chairman, President & CEO. “We are building the future of mobility – a future where humanity can travel between any two points on our planet in three hours or less. We will change the world and bring a new sustainable means of supersonic and hypersonic flight to reality and it will happen here, at Aerion Park.”

Aerion Park will be located on more than 110 acres of the Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) campus and among a growing cluster of aerospace and technology companies on Florida’s Space Coast. The Park will incorporate the company’s new global headquarters plus an integrated campus for research, design, production and interior completions of the company’s AS2® supersonic aircraft and future hypersonic aircraft.

Flanking the main site will be a new Aerion Customer Experience Center, from which customers will be able to directly access Orlando Melbourne International Airport’s runway. The new experience center will include a customer completions center and a full-size AS2® cabin mock-up, affording customers the opportunity to customize their chosen interior specifications in configuration, materials, colors and finishes.

“We are grateful and proud to be the home of Aerion’s new global headquarters where the AS2® business jet will come to life,” said Greg Donovan, A.A.E. executive director at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB). “With more than $100m reinvested into our airfield over the last few years, our new runways and air traffic control tower are ready to support this revolution in supersonic flight. Aerion is a special part of our Space Coast community’s future and we are eager to see the path forward as we welcome the fine talent that will be joining our thriving aerospace campus at MLB.”

Just as the AS2® seeks to deliver carbon neutral flight, the home in which it will be created aims to be the most environmentally sustainable of its kind in the aerospace sector. Aerion Park is planned to be powered by clean energy – using the very latest in photovoltaic solar technology to generate energy for manufacturing. On-site electric vehicle charging stations will also be installed and rainwater that lands on the campus reused. Recycled materials will be used in the construction of Aerion Park wherever possible, sourced locally to minimize emissions and the Park will be dedicated to creating zero waste.

The campus will incorporate buildings spanning some two million sq. ft, including a vast aircraft assembly facility which is the equivalent size of fourteen football fields, plus a systems integration laboratory which will house the AS2® ‘Iron Bird’. Also included on the site will be engineering flight test headquarters. The facility will enable flight crews, mechanics and support personnel to fly AS2® aircraft in the certification flight test program as well as conduct serial production testing prior to customer delivery. Aerion intends to flight test the AS2® from the site, in the surrounding airspace, in supersonic testing corridors as well as at additional offsite locations.

“Aerion is an exciting place, fueled by entrepreneurs, creators and innovators,” adds Tom Vice. “We are building more than the airplane of tomorrow – we are building the global transportation networks of the future and we will seek the smartest, most creative and collaborative minds to join our team and our journey to tackle the toughest mobility challenges of the future.”

Aerion has already opened a temporary office location on the Orlando Melbourne International Airport campus to house a growing Florida-based employment base, while major construction work at Aerion Park will begin in 2021 ahead of the first AS2® aircraft flight test vehicle commencing production in 2023. Aerion plans to deliver 300 aircraft over ten years of production, supported by a growing domestic and international order backlog which now tops $6.5 billion+.

The AS2® supersonic private jet is the starting point in Aerion’s pursuit of faster and sustainable point-to-point travel. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible from first flight, the AS2® is the first supersonic jet designed to be powered by 100 percent synthetic fuel and reach supersonic speeds without the need for an afterburner.

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  • Aerion expands sales network in China for its AS2® supersonic business jet
  • Aerion & Avion Pacific sign strategic Asia Pacific marketing and sales agreement
  • Aerion secure multi-aircraft order in China extending company’s global order backlog for the AS2® to $6.5 billion+

Reno, NV – 9 December 2020 – Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology and Avion Pacific a leader in general aviation services in Asia have enter into a strategic collaboration which aligns the two companies to expand Aerion’s Asia Pacific presence and deliver ultra-luxury supersonic flight to customers in the region.

The new partnership amplifies Aerion’s global reach and opens a gateway to Asia through Avion Pacific’s eminent position as market leader in private aviation services across Asia. Avion has placed a multi-aircraft order for the AS2® supersonic business jet, which commences production in 2023. This order represents the first AS2® customers in China and extends Aerion’s global order backlog for the AS2® to a value of more than $6.5 billion.

“This partnership signals another major milestone as we look to establish Aerion as the definitive global name in supersonic travel”, says Aerion Chairman, President & CEO, Tom Vice. “We are delighted to welcome Avion Pacific to our ever-expanding global team and look forward to our future collaboration as we bring a new era in sustainable supersonic travel, encapsulated in a unique luxury user experience to customers around the world.”

The AS2® will seamlessly combine sustainable supersonic flight with a new standard in luxury experience, yielding time savings of more than five hours on certain trans-pacific routes relative to other ultra-long-range aircraft.

As a preferred partner, Avion Pacific will collaborate with Aerion to offer expert Asia Pacific market intelligence and also support ongoing sales and marketing efforts as Aerion continues to build a presence in the region.

Since its inception in 1993, Avion Pacific has been at the forefront of business and general aviation growth in China and the Asia Pacific. Headquartered in Shenzhen, but with offices in major Asian cities, Avion Pacific’s services include fixed and rotary aircraft sales and distribution, special project consulting and support, aircraft flight services, spare parts distribution, aircraft leasing and financing and advanced rotary crew training and support.

“We are excited and honored to be partners with Aerion and to be at the forefront of introducing supersonic travel to the Asia Pacific region. The AS2® offers Asian clients significant travel time savings, with a leap forward in luxury & cabin experience, in the first carbon neutral aircraft. The AS2® is an aircraft that will shape the future of private aviation in Asia and globally and we at Avion Pacific wanted to be part of that” says Avion Pacific Chairman, Wu Zhendong.

Aerion’s pursuit of faster point-to-point travel begins with the launch of the AS2® supersonic business jet. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible from first flight, the AS2® is the first supersonic aircraft designed to be powered by 100% engineered synthetic fuel and reach supersonic speeds without the need for an afterburner.

The manufacture of 300 AS2® aircraft is planned for the first decade of production. The AS2® will be the first aircraft to be assembled at the company’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida – Aerion Park. The state-of-the-art development – powered by sustainable technology – will incorporate headquarters operations plus an integrated campus for research, design, build, and maintenance of the company’s supersonic aircraft.

 

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About Aerion:

Aerion is founded on a core belief of bringing humanity closer. The company’s vision is a future where humanity can travel between any two points on our planet within three hours using new transportation networks – powered by clean energy solutions and enabling a world where distance is no longer a barrier. The starting point is sustainable supersonic flight, led by the world’s first supersonic business jet – the AS2®. More information can be found at www.aerionsupersonic.com

 

About Avion Pacific:

Avion Pacific is positioned as a leader in China’s General Aviation service industry and offers holistic & international General Aviation services, products & operating platforms. A dynamic company formed to help bridge the business opportunities between the emerging Chinese General Aviation market and the Western aviation community, Avion Pacific formed a strategic partnership with SEACOR Holdings Inc. in 2006 to expand its technical expertise, market reach to Asia and add significant financial strength. More information can be found at www.avionpacific.com

Reno, NV: December 2, 2020 – Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology, today released behind-the-scenes footage of the AS2® business jet undergoing recent wind tunnel validation.

The AS2® business jet recently completed a major program milestone after concluding high and low speed wind tunnel testing, amassing hundreds of simulated flight hours which represent the equivalent of 78,000 nautical miles flown.

Aerion’s high speed testing – captured in this new film – was completed in conjunction with French aerospace testing and research experts, ONERA in Modane, France. Leveraging the extensive testing expertise and facilities at ONERA, Aerion used the testing program to evaluate high speed performance, loads, stability and control at both transonic and supersonic velocities.

The combination of digital modelling using aerodynamic optimization tools developed in-house by subsidiary company, Aerion Technologies and the wind tunnel testing program enables Aerion to negate the need for costly demonstrator aircraft and accelerate the program to the final stages of validation ahead of production start in 2023.

Aerion’s pursuit of faster point-to-point travel begins with the launch of the AS2® supersonic business jet. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible from first flight, the AS2® is the first supersonic aircraft designed to be powered by 100% engineered synthetic fuel and reach supersonic speeds without the need for an afterburner.

The manufacture of 300 AS2® aircraft is planned for the first decade of production. The AS2® will be the first aircraft to be assembled at the company’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida – Aerion Park. The state-of-the-art development – powered by clean energy – will incorporate headquarters operations plus an integrated campus for research, design, build, and maintenance of the company’s supersonic aircraft.

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Your time is precious. So, why should you waste it traveling at subsonic speeds? At least that’s what we think at Aerion Supersonic. Committed to spurring true innovation in air travel, we are introducing the AS2® supersonic business jet (SBJ), the first civil supersonic aircraft to take to the skies since the Concorde’s final flight 17 years ago.

Although the AS2® will transport passengers between cities at more than 1,000 mph, we know that just being the fastest form of available travel is no longer enough. The discerning traveler also wants to reach their destination with minimal impact on the environment and the quality of life of those around them. Luckily, the AS2® is as environmentally conscious as it is fast.

As our culture becomes ever greener, travelers are thinking more and more about environmentally friendly transportation. But for many jets in the marketplace, this simply isn’t an option. The result is widespread mockery of environmentalism, evidenced by the Davos climate summit, the world’s largest gathering of private planes with more than 1,500 aircraft in attendance.

Is this the best we can do? Aerion isn’t so sure. Instead, we believe consumers needn’t have to choose between speed and luxury or being environmentally conscious. To this end, we are delivering on all three concerns in the form of the AS2, an SBJ disrupting the status quo.

And yet, the first thing many people think of when someone mentions supersonic flight is the sonic boom. The U.S. government tested Americans’ tolerance for sonic booms in Oklahoma City in the 1960s. Although many agreed they could live with the noise, the trials wreaked so much damage and bad PR they ultimately scuttled a generation’s worth of research into supersonic travel.

Without a doubt, sonic booms leave an indelible impact on the environment and the people on the ground. This is due not only to potential damage from the boom itself, but also via noise pollution. The AS2, on the other hand, completely sidesteps this problem with Aerion’s “Boomless Cruise™” technology, designed to enable the plane to reach supersonic speeds without those on the ground paying the price. When utilizing the Boomless Cruise™ capability, the AS2® will exceed the speed of sound without a sonic boom striking the ground.

Accordingly, Aerion designed the AS2® to be the most environmentally friendly SBJ in the world. And yet an airplane can only be as friendly to the planet as its engines. This is why the AS2’s “green speed” is driven by the GE Affinity supersonic engine. The AS2® achieves breathtaking acceleration without the use of afterburners. (Side note: The Concorde was famous for its engine’s afterburners, which consumed fuel at an astonishing rate.)

By cutting out this technology of yesterday, Aerion has dramatically improved the environmental impact of every AS2® flight. Nonetheless, every engine still requires fuel. That’s why Aerion crafted its SBJ with the ability to accept 100% biofuels, instead of going halfway to green with blended fuels. Our engines and fuel systems will ensure your flight is luxurious and amazingly quick, but without harming the environment we care so deeply about.

We have also agreed to offset all of our customer’s carbon emissions, regardless of the type of fuel they use for their flights. This commitment, along with the AS2’s ability to utilize 100% synthetic fuels, creates the opportunity for operations of the AS2® to be carbon negative. No other manufacturer can make that commitment. We already have.

Even so, the entire Aerion team is not merely content with establishing new standards for the aircraft industry. For years, we have set out to reimagine our industry’s ideas of what’s even possible.

These may sound like bold claims, but our unprecedented times require far more than mere business as usual. As a result, Aerion Supersonic is on a mission to bring supersonic flight back to the globe. To this end, the AS2® SBJ enables unbelievable speed to afford you more time to do what you care most about in life. Even better, high speed, coupled with true luxury, won’t come at a cost to our environment. Not when you are flying on Aerion, the first aircraft manufacturer to commit to carbon neutrality throughout its operations.

 

  • Collaboration brings Spire Global’s renowned weather intelligence systems to the pioneering Aerion AS2® Supersonic Business Jet
  • Data and forecasting capabilities will facilitate the AS2® flying supersonically without delivering a sonic boom to ground level
  • Spire technology will also enable significant reduction in unwanted high-altitude contrails

Reno, NV./San Francisco, CA. November 23, 2020 – Aerion Supersonic, the leader in supersonic technology, and Spire Global, Inc., a space-powered Earth information company, today announced a collaboration to support Aerion’s Boomless Cruise™ technology for the AS2, the first-ever privately built supersonic commercial aircraft. Aerion will use Spire Data and forecasting capabilities to facilitate the AS2® flying supersonically without delivering a sonic boom to ground level. In addition, Spire technology will also enable significant reduction in unwanted high-altitude contrails.

As an established provider of aviation weather and support services, Spire offers incredibly accurate weather tracking and predicting solutions through its proprietary constellation of satellites. Spire’s weather capabilities will enable Aerion’s AS2® to fly at supersonic speeds over land with no perceived noise on the ground. Spire Global will provide high fidelity weather models that will be coupled into the Aerion’s Boomless Cruise™ technology to compute an optimized flight plan where the AS2® can be flown at supersonic speeds.

“Aerion is building next generation technology to support future transportation needs with a sustainable environment firmly embedded in their business plan. This aligns 100% not just with the technology but also the values of Spire. Spire Aviation is excited to be supporting Aerion’s mission with our data and predictive technology, allowing the company to increase fuel conservation, improve operational efficiencies, and reduce the environmental footprint” said Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire Global.

Spire’s vertical weather model support services will include a medium range forecast model, short-range aviation weather forecasting capabilities and historical weather forecasts that will form a critical component of Aerion’s Boomless Cruise™ system that calculates optimized en-route flight planning. Aerion is the first commercial manufacturer to engineer the real-time capability to harness Mach cut-off, eliminating the sonic boom noise heard from the ground.

“Our partnership with Spire Global brings together the power of our two innovative companies to truly transform global mobility. Spire owns and operates one of the largest satellite constellations in the world, tracking and predicting the world’s weather systems and Aerion has designed the most advanced supersonic aircraft in history as well as the most advanced environmentally responsible business jet in history.” says Aerion Chairman, President & CEO, Tom Vice.

“At Aerion we are deeply committed to our beliefs that new innovations must be kind to our planet and responsibly address the issues of noise and the impact of emissions on climate change. Through this partnership we will harness Spire’s powerful understanding of weather conditions and predictive atmospheric data analytics to fly at supersonic speeds over land without the disturbance of the sonic boom and also predict the formation of contrails allowing us to flight plan accordingly and minimize the impact on our climate.”

Aerion’s pursuit of faster point-to-point travel begins with the launch of the AS2® supersonic business jet. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible from first flight, the AS2® is the first supersonic aircraft designed to be powered by 100% engineered synthetic fuel and reach supersonic speeds without the need for an afterburner.

The manufacture of 300 AS2® aircraft is planned for the first decade of production. The AS2® will be the first aircraft to be assembled at the company’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida – Aerion Park. The state-of-the-art development – powered by clean energy – will incorporate headquarters operations plus an integrated campus for research, design, build, and maintenance of the company’s supersonic aircraft.

The divide between the digital world of AI and the physical one we inhabit still looms large in the consumer economy, but the industrial economy is bridging this gulf, harnessing AI through something called digital twin technology. One company, Aerion Supersonic, is now using digital twin in its most ambitious application.