Airbus partners with aerospace firm Aerion to develop a supersonic business jet
Supersonic business jets are coming one step closer to become a reality in the future. Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus have partnered with Aerion Corporation, an American aerospace firm for the development of a supersonic business jet. Both these companies have come to an agreement for developing technologies that will make supersonic business travel a possibility. Dubbed Aerion AS2, the world’s fastest global business jet will come with a top speed of Mach 1.6 and international range too. The firms will try to build and certify the world’s first supersonic business jet by 2021.
For this collaboration, Defence and Space division of Airbus Group will be providing the technical and certification support, also including the assignment of senior engineering staff to Aerion. Defence and Space professionals from both the companies will be working together at Aerion’s new offices in Reno, Nevada. In return, Aerion will be offering exclusive technology including its patented aerodynamic designs and assistance to Airbus Group for the development of high-performance aircraft technology.
The narrow and sleek design of the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet will enhance efficiency and the wing design will reduce friction by 50 percent as compared to an orthodox aircraft. Expected to enter the market in 2021, Aerion is targeting the first flight of AS2 jet in 2019.