In 2014 Aerion Corporation, which is an aeronautical engineering company centered in Reno, Nevada, United States, came with the supersonic jet named Aerion AS2. Contrasting to conventional/ commercial planes Supersonic jets are aircraft capable enough to fly faster than sound speed, these jets can fly five times faster than sound speed. The Aerion AS2 supersonic jet was the first-ever supersonic business jet that was being designed and developed by Aerion Corporation in the ancestry of supersonic jets. The conception of this jet was declared in May 2014 at the time of the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), held in Geneva, Switzerland year 2014. This SbJ is a revised genre of the Aerion Supersonic Business Jet, announced by Aerion corporation in 2004.

Jet Performance and Specifications

The AS2 supersonic business jet is mapped out to fly at a maximum speed of Mach 1.6. (You might be thinking what is Mach? Let me clear it, Mach is the unit of measurement which measures/expresses the speed of a rocket. One Mach is identical to the speed of sound.) The speed has been cut down to 0.99Mach for the geographical territory where supersonic flights are prohibited. and at speeds of 1.1 to 1.2 Mach above crawling regions, without fabricating a sonic boom on the ground. Overwater surface, its speed can be elevated up to Mach 1.6 and it can fly at high- subsonic, low-supersonic, and high-speed supersonic cruises in a solitary flight.

The 9,260km maximum range, 7500ft runway length, and less than 4000ft landing stretch will be needed for take-off when fully fueled. The runway length can be 6000ft or even shorter with undervalued fuel. In addition to this, the jet will not imperative for supplementary ground paraphernalia and will attain the same efficiency on both subsonic and supersonic mechanisms. This jet will take- off with a maximum weight capacity of 52,163kg whereas its basic operating weight is going to be 22,588kg. These features loaded faster supersonic business jet will be expected to take off with its first flight in late 2018 or by early 2019.

What went wrong?

However, in the ongoing financial conditions, it has proven thoroughly challenging to close on the scheduled and necessary large new capital requirements to finalize the transition of the AS2 into production. The Supersonic aircraft by Aerion, which had plans to develop feature-loaded business jets that would fly twice as fast as most conventional planes, has to shut down their operations. The company has renounced from Boeing as they are unable to raise sufficient funds to carry out further operations.