BOEING JOINS THE SUPERSONIC RACE
Updated: Feb 13, 2019
Boeing has joined partnership with Aerion, to accelerate and create the next-generation supersonic aircraft the Aerion’s AS2.
Nevada based company Aerion founded by billionaire Robert Bass in 2003 was developed to create new more efficient aerodynamic technologies for supersonic
aircraft. Aerion introduced its AS2 12-passenger business jet design in 2014. The company unveiled the AS2’s GE Affinity engine design in 2018 .2003 to develop new, more efficient aerodynamic technologies for supersonic aircraft, Aerion introduced its AS2 12-passenger business jet design in 2014. The company unveiled the AS2’s GE Affinity engine design in 2018.
THE DAY TRIP, REDEFINED
The AS2 will accommodate 8 to 12 passengers in a 30-foot-long cabin and is expected to get passengers to their destination at remarkable speeds of up to Mach 1.5 (990 mph) — which is 67% faster than the top cruise speeds of current or anticipated long-range subsonic jets.
With a range of up to 5,466 miles, the AS2 cuts transatlantic journey time by 3 hours and condenses trans-Pacific routes by 6 hours or more meaning that travelers could comfortably make an overseas round trip in a single day.
A trip from New York to London would take just under 3 hours one way and unlike Concorde whose demise was in part to its ear-splitting sonic booms which resulted in limited use of airspace across America and Europe the AS2 would cruise efficiently at speeds just below the sound barrier while over land as well as at roughly one-and-a-half times the speed of sound—over the ocean (at sea level sound travels about 750 miles per hour).
The interior will be manufactured using the best materials and maintaining the existing comfort levels of private jets, with similar seat dimensions and the same features. Materials that reduce sound levels will also be used so the cabin is as peaceful as that of a subsonic aircraft.
Boeing has agreed to provide engineering, manufacturing and flight test resources, as well as strategic vertical content, to bring Aerion’s AS2 supersonic business jet to market.
Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt, said,
“Boeing is leading a mobility transformation that will safely and efficiently connect the world faster than ever before. As part of the agreement, Boeing made a significant investment in Aerion to accelerate technology development and aircraft design, and unlock supersonic air travel for new markets."
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