Flying at speeds up to 1,000 miles per hours (870 knots), Aerion’s AS2 supersonic business jet is about 70 percent faster than today’s fastest business aircraft and airliners. It saves as much as three hours across the Atlantic and up to six hours across the Pacific.
Aerion is the leader in new supersonic technologies, pioneering improved aerodynamics for the design of efficient supersonic aircraft. Over nearly two decades, Aerion has been testing and refining new concepts in high-speed flight. These tests have been accomplished with support from NASA, The European Transonic Wind Tunnel, Sandia National Labs, and other leading aeronautical institutions. The company has developed specialized software for analyzing complex high-speed airflow patterns and for the optimization of a supersonic aircraft.
Aerion has built a portfolio of dozens of patents related to high-speed aerodynamics. It has introduced and proven the drag reducing benefits of supersonic natural laminar flow (SNLF). It has improved supersonic efficiency, which reduces cost of operation and improves range. These advances are embodied in the AS2, which is slated to make its first flight in 2023 and enter service in 2025.