Aerion & Lockheed martin Developing world’s first supersonic Business Jet
aerion and lockheed martin have joined forces to develop the world’s first supersonic business jet, called the ‘AS2’. the year long partnership will see the aviation giants collaborate and deliver all the final stages of the airplane, including engineering, certification and production. with this in mind, it may not be too far in the future when high rollers are flying sky high at astronomical speeds.
the ‘AS2’ is set to be the first supersonic business jet
all images courtesy of aerion corporation
aerion chairman robert M. bass stated, ‘this relationship is absolutely key to creating a supersonic renaissance. when it comes to supersonic know-how, lockheed martin’s capabilities are well known, and, in fact, legendary. we share with lockheed martin a commitment to the long-term development of efficient civil supersonic aircraft.‘
‘we are excited to work with aerion on their development of the next-generation, efficient supersonic jet that will potentially serve as a platform for pioneering future supersonic aircraft,‘ said orlando carvalho, executive vice president, lockheed martin aeronautics.
the aircraft should deliver a similar experience to that not seen since the conclusion of the concorde
this partnership was announced at the conclusion of a previous two and half years collaboration between aerion and airbus, where the airplane’s preliminary design of the wing and airframes structures, systems layout and fly-by-wire flight control system was completed. the new alliance between aerion and lockheed martin looks to further advance the aerodynamics and structural design whilst considering even higher speeds. the latter company, renowned for their development of leading supersonic combat aircrafts, are committed to aiding the advancements of new technologies within civil and commercial applications, right where the ‘AS2’ fits in.
spacious cabins relax travellers whilst at supersonic speeds
the private jet would allow users to travel in the utmost luxury
no exact engine, power or speed specifications have been released to date
airbus aided aerion in advancing the preliminary design of the ‘AS2’
the new partnership with lockheed martin is said to be 12 months long