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Lockheed Martin joins AS2 supersonic jet project

28/12/2017
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The AS2 civil supersonic project, which is aiming to develop a 12-seat executive jet to fly routes between Europe and the West Coast of the US at speeds of Mach 1.4, has acquired Lockheed Martin as its new aerospace partner.
The AS2 will be a 12-seat executive jet capable of flying at speeds up to Mach 1.4
(Image via Aerion Supersonic).

Lockheed Martin’s ‘Skunkworks’ advanced development programmes team will work over the next 12 months to develop a framework for taking the project through engineering, certification and manufacturing. In addition, Aerion- the company behind the project- is collaborating with GE to develop the engines for the aircraft.

During the last two and a half years, Aerion advanced the aerodynamics and structural design of the AS2 through a previous engineering collaboration agreement with Airbus. Through that effort, the two companies developed a preliminary design of wing and airframe structures, systems layout, and preliminary concepts for a fly-by-wire flight control system.
Aerion and Lockheed are aiming to create an aircraft that pushes the boundaries of what is possible.
(Image via Aerion Supersonic).

With the latest agreement with Lockheed Martin, Aerion is confident it can take these developments further still and “create a revolutionary aircraft that pushes the boundaries of what is possible.”

Commenting on the agreement, 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.”

Aerion is a Reno, Nevada-based company that has been working on the AS2 supersonic business jet project for several years, with overarching aim of introducing a new era of practical and efficient supersonic flight.

And Aerion is certainly well-placed to pursue this project. Over more than a decade, the company has developed and demonstrated advanced wing technology in conjunction with NASA and other leading aeronautical institutions. This research includes breakthrough work in supersonic natural laminar flow, the key enabling technology behind the AS2 business jet.
Aimed at business leaders, the AS2 will reduce trans-Atlantic trips by as much as three hours.
(Image via Aerion Supersonic).

The AS2

The 12-passenger AS2 is expected to fly at a maximum speed of Mach 1.4 over water, and, where permitted by regulation, at speeds approach Mach 1.2 without a sonic boom reaching the ground. Thanks to its unique supersonic natural laminar flow wing, the aircraft is expected to achieve long range (LA to Paris) and efficiency at supersonic and subsonic speeds. Once fielded, it will reduce trans-Atlantic trips by as much as three hours, enabling business leaders to fly a roundtrip between New York and London in a day.

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