We’re building our supersonic jet in Melbourne, Florida
By Aerion Supersonic on Apr 30, 2020
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We recently announced plans to construct Aerion Park, a new state-of-the-art campus, in Melbourne, Florida. Aerion Park will be an integrated campus for research, design, build and maintenance of our supersonic aircraft, the AS2, which will serve both the general aviation and commercial airliner markets.
Aerion Park represents a multi-year $300 million investment that was made possible through our partnerships with the state of Florida, the Orlando Melbourne International Airport and Brevard County.
Brevard County is home to the pioneers of space exploration, and now the pioneers of sustainable supersonic transportation. We are thrilled to help raise the profile of Florida’s Space Coast as the premier site for the most innovative aerospace work in the world. This partnership with the state of Florida and the Melbourne community will help build the next generation of high-speed transportation networks that revolutionize global mobility with a supersonic aircraft that won’t leave a carbon footprint behind.
Not only will our supersonic aircraft itself be sustainable, but we’ve also given serious consideration to our future operations at Aerion Park. For example, manufacturing and engineering operations will be powered by clean energy and dedicated to creating zero waste, minimizing emissions and recycling water usage.
In the words of Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan: “Aerion’s business venture to manufacture supersonic business jets in Melbourne reinforces the Space Coast’s national reputation as an aerospace industry leader.”
The establishment of Aerion’s Melbourne campus, where we will manufacture our supersonic aircraft, is expected to generate at least 675 highly skilled design and assembly jobs in Florida by 2026. Aerion Park is also expected to attract key aerospace suppliers in the supersonic technology industry to bring business to Florida, creating additional roles for scientists, designers, engineers and aircraft builders.
We plan to break ground on the new campus later this year ahead of manufacturing of the AS2 business jet, commencing in 2023.