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Article from BTNews 1 FEBRUARY 2021

Aerion pushes on with supersonic jet

Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, has commenced work on its new state-of-the-art campus which will host production of the AS2 business jet from 2023.

Aerion has been based at Reno Nevada since its creation in 2004.

Aerion Park will be located on more than 110 acres of the Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) campus and among a growing cluster of aerospace and technology companies on Florida’s Space Coast. The Park will incorporate the company’s new global headquarters plus an integrated campus for research, design, production and interior completions of the company’s AS2 supersonic business jet and future derivative aircraft.

“Aerion Park represents the future of sustainable supersonic flight, right here in Melbourne, Florida,” says Tom Vice, Aerion’s chairman, president and CEO. “The Park will be home to innovation, cutting-edge aircraft construction and the most environmentally sustainable facility of its type anywhere in the world.”

“Our long-term vision is to allow people to travel between any two points on the planet within three hours,” Vice said in an interview with Bloomberg News. To do so – and to avoid the physical rigours and technical complexities of suborbital space flight – Aerion’s next craft would have to cruise within the atmosphere at more than four times the speed of sound, or about 3,000mph (4,828kph).

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James Cole, London

Supersonic travel just seems so 1970s when we are trying to meet zero carbon emissions targets.

mike carrivick, UK

Considering that SSTs are specialist operations (engineering, crewing etc), I think even specialist charter operators might find this too an expensive bullet to bite.