23 November 2020; Reno, Nevada / San Francisco, California, USA
- Collaboration brings Spire Global’s renowned weather intelligence systems to the pioneering Aerion AS2 Supersonic Business Jet
- Data and forecasting capabilities will facilitate the AS2 flying supersonically without delivering a sonic boom to ground level
- Spire technology will also enable significant reduction in unwanted high-altitude contrails
Aerion Supersonic, the leader in supersonic technology, and Spire Global, Inc., a space-powered Earth information company, today announced a collaboration to support Aerion’s Boomless CruiseTM technology for the AS2, the first-ever privately built supersonic commercial aircraft. Aerion will use Spire Data and forecasting capabilities to facilitate the AS2 flying supersonically without delivering a sonic boom to ground level. In addition, Spire technology will also enable significant reduction in unwanted high-altitude contrails.
As an established provider of aviation weather and support services, Spire offers incredibly accurate weather tracking and predicting solutions through its proprietary constellation of satellites. Spire’s weather capabilities will enable Aerion’s AS2 to fly at supersonic speeds over land with no perceived noise on the ground. Spire Global will provide high fidelity weather models that will be coupled into the Aerion’s Boomless Cruise™ technology to compute an optimized flight plan where the AS2 can be flown at supersonic speeds.
Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire Global, said:“Aerion is building next generation technology to support future transportation needs with a sustainable environment firmly embedded in their business plan. This aligns 100% not just with the technology but also the values of Spire. Spire Aviation is excited to be supporting Aerion’s mission with our data and predictive technology, allowing the company to increase fuel conservation, improve operational efficiencies, and reduce the environmental footprint.”
Spire’s vertical weather model support services will include a medium range forecast model, short-range aviation weather forecasting capabilities and historical weather forecasts that will form a critical component of Aerion’s Boomless Cruise™ system that calculates optimized en-route flight planning. Aerion is the first commercial manufacturer to engineer the real-time capability to harness Mach cut-off, eliminating the sonic boom noise heard from the ground.
Aerion Chairman, President & CEO, Tom Vice, says:“Our partnership with Spire Global brings together the power of our two innovative companies to truly transform global mobility. Spire owns and operates one of the largest satellite constellations in the world, tracking and predicting the world’s weather systems and Aerion has designed the most advanced supersonic aircraft in history as well as the most advanced environmentally responsible business jet in history.
At Aerion we are deeply committed to our beliefs that new innovations must be kind to our planet and responsibly address the issues of noise and the impact of emissions on climate change. Through this partnership we will harness Spire’s powerful understanding of weather conditions and predictive atmospheric data analytics to fly at supersonic speeds over land without the disturbance of the sonic boom and also predict the formation of contrails allowing us to flight plan accordingly and minimize the impact on our climate.”
Aerion’s pursuit of faster point-to-point travel begins with the launch of the AS2 supersonic business jet. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible from first flight, the AS2 is the first supersonic aircraft designed to be powered by 100% engineered synthetic fuel and reach supersonic speeds without the need for an afterburner.
The manufacture of 300 AS2 aircraft is planned for the first decade of production. The AS2 will be the first aircraft to be assembled at the company’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida – Aerion Park. The state-of-the-art development – powered by clean energy – will incorporate headquarters operations plus an integrated campus for research, design, build, and maintenance of the company’s supersonic aircraft.
Source and photo: Aerion Supersonic