As traditional aircraft markets are challenged by COVID-19
Aerion Supersonic picks Melbourne, FL as its HDQ
AS2 promises incredible performance and 0 carbon footprint
In a time when Boeing and Airbus both expect that their historic aircraft sales volumes will diminish in the future due to the Impact of the Coronavirus, news that an SST airplane manufacturer is taking the next step towards its launch will be well received by the industry.
This optimism is not confined to Aerion, Quince Market Insights has published a detailed assessment of supersonic jet market. “After carrying out thorough research of supersonic jet market historical as well as current growth parameters, business expectations for growth are obtained with utmost precision.” Some of their findings:
The key players (not in any order)
1)Boom Technology, Inc.
2) Lockheed Martin Corporation
3) Airbus SAS
4) Aerion Corporation
6) Spike Aerospace, Inc.
According to the report, the supersonic jet market has been segmented by
North America, *
Asia Pacific, *
Western Europe, *
Middle East, and
Rest of the World
*Initial emerging markets
The formerly Reno, NV based company has a strong leadership suite. Brian Barents, formerly of Lear Jets, has been the Executive Chairman and CEO of Aerion and has moved to the Board. Now, Tom Vice is chief executive officer and president. Vice assumes responsibility for all aspects of the leadership of Aerion Corporation, including its separate companies–Aerion Supersonic Corporation in Reno, Nevada, which is designing supersonic commercial aircraft, and Aerion Technologies Corporation, in Palo Alto, California specializing in advanced aerodynamics software. Vice continues to serve as a member of the Aerion board. He is an aeronautical engineer with 30 years of experience with Northrup Grumman.
“We are building the next generation of high-speed transportation networks that will revolutionize global mobility without leaving a carbon footprint on our world,” said Tom Vice, Aerion Chairman, President & CEO. “Our AS2 business jet – the world’s first privately built supersonic aircraft – is the first stage in that exciting endeavor. Having evaluated a number of potential locations for our new home, we are excited to partner with Florida and the Melbourne community to create a sustainable supersonic future.”
The plane’s specifications are impressive:
- Crew: 2
- Capacity: 8–11 passengers
- Length: 170 ft (52 m)
- Wingspan: 77 ft (23 m)
- Height: 22 ft (6.7 m)
- Wing area: 1,511 sq. ft (140.4 m2)
- Max takeoff weight: 133,000 lb. (60,328 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 59,084 lbs. / 26,800 kg
- Interior: 30 feet long, 6’2″ high, 7’6″ wide (9.1 × 1.9 × 2.2 m)
- Powerplant: 3 × General Electric Affinity turbofan, 18,000 lbf (80 kN) thrust each
- Cruise speed: 803 kn (924 mph, 1,487 km/h) Mach 1.4, subsonic: Mach 0.95, boomless: Mach 1.1–1.2
- Range: 4,200 nmi (4,800 mi, 7,800 km) at Mach 1.4, 5,400 nm / 10,000 km at Mach 0.95
- Balanced field length at ISA, SL: 7,500ft / 2,286m
The AS2 has been designed from the beginning to meet or exceed all environmental regulations. Airport noise, sonic boom noise, emissions standards – the company refuses to compromise on environmental factors. In fact, it strives to go beyond regulations to achieve new standards of low-impact, carbon-neutral sustainability, like designing the first engine ever for 100% biofuel operations.
Aerion is the first aircraft OEM to commit to a goal of carbon neutrality. This commitment has led to a lot of firsts:
-The AS2 is the first supersonic aircraft designed without an afterburner,
-The first supersonic aircraft designed with the ability to accept 100% biofuels (as opposed to blends),
– The first OEM to plan for truly carbon-neutral operations via carbon reduction strategies (not just financial offsets).
Environmental opposition may test these promises.
– April 24, 2020, 6:41 PM
Aerion Supersonic will break ground later this year on its new headquarters facility at Florida’s Melbourne International Airport. It plans to begin manufacturing of its AS2 supersonic business jet at the campus, dubbed Aerion Park, in 2023. (Photo: Aerion Supersonic)
Aerion Supersonic is moving its headquarters from Reno, Nevada, to a new $300 million campus at Florida’s Melbourne International Airport (MLB), bringing at least 675 jobs to the area, the company announced jointly with the state Friday evening. The supersonic business jet developer lands at the same airport chosen in 2008 by Embraer Executive Jets, which now has a service center, customer delivery facilities, paint bays, and Phenom light jet assembly line there.
“The Space Coast has become a hub for the aviation and aerospace industry, and my administration continues to make it a priority to expand this high-wage and important business sector,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “We are thrilled that Aerion has selected Melbourne for its new global headquarters.”
Dubbed Aerion Park, the campus at MLB will house Aerion’s global headquarters and integrated campus for research, design, build, and maintenance of its AS2 SSBJ. It plans to break ground on the campus later this year, with manufacturing of the AS2 anticipated to start in 2023.
The company also expects Aerion Park to attract “key aerospace suppliers within the supersonic technology ecosystem to bring business to Florida, creating additional roles for scientists, designers, engineers, and aircraft builders.”
In 2015, Aerion told AIN that its U.S. manufacturing location for its Mach 1.5 AS2 would eventually be on the East or West Coast, within 200 nm of an offshore supersonic flight-test area. At the time, it said it was seeking 100 acres on a major airport with a minimum 9,000-foot runway and “other special geophysical requirements.” MLB’s Runway 9L/27R is 10,181 feet long by 150 feet wide.
Other factors that Aerion previously said it was taking into consideration include airport suitability; road and rail infrastructure; proximity to a deep-water port for shipped structures and equipment; local aerospace workforce; state and local regulations; quality of life; and regional educational institutions.