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Aerion will no longer build silent supersonic jets

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Through experiences and close cases, companies are becoming aware of the real challenges that involve the construction of silent supersonic jets. The announcement of Aerion Supersonic’s sudden closure came from both Florida Today and CNBC.

The entrepreneurial initiative that was to become a silent supersonic commercial aircraft manufacturer justified making that decision with problems arising in obtaining financing in the “current financial environment” and that was therefore taking the “appropriate measures” in light of the present context.

The company had focused on its goal on AS2, heralded as the first private supersonic jet project. The aircraft was designed to fly at speeds above 1,000 MPH without the sonic booms and cabin noise that plagued aircraft like the Concorde. The jet was due to fly in 2024 and enter service in 2026.

Aerion had several prominent partners including Boeing and GE, and received praise from the Florida governor when it revealed plans to build a factory at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

Aerion will no longer build silent supersonic jets

For the time being, Aerion has not yet released any information regarding the future of the company’s assets after the closure. The company’s last testimonies date back to April.

This is not the end of private supersonic air travel. Boom Supersonic is still developing its Ouverture commercial aircraft with the hope of transporting passengers from 2029 onwards.

However, it is also not a surprising result. Usually, the aircraft construction project is expensive, and in this particular case it becomes even more expensive considering the use of cutting edge technologies. According to Aerion, it would take four billion US dollars to develop AS2.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be subsiding, air travel still does not appear to be a safe investment airline, considering the reluctance of passengers themselves to travel but also the growth of telecommuting, a bet that many companies are making. .

Source: Engadget

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