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    Ever since the Concorde ceased to operate the idea of going supersonic once again for the average person has been a talking point. A number of companies have shown interest in this field with even Gulfstream putting forth sketches of their variant in the last few years. However, the closest we have been to this ideal is through companies like Aerion with the AS2 and BOOM with the XB-1. NASA is not to be left out, they are working with Lockheed Martin to produce a supersonic design called the QUESST (Quiet Supersonic Transport). The agency has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA’s planned low-boom flight demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane. NASA partnered with lead contractor Lockheed Martin in February 2016 for the QueSST preliminary design.

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    Aerion, the leader in supersonic flight, has named Tom Vice, the former president of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector, as Aerion’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He will play a leading role in the development of the company’s AS2 supersonic business jet. Aerion announced in December 2017 that it was joining forces with GE Aviation and Lockheed Martin to develop the AS2 business jet. As the program accelerates, it is adding management and engineering expertise in order to achieve first flight in 2023 and aircraft certification in 2025.

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    Here comes the BOOM...?

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    And now a Baby Boom...

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    More on this now...

    NASA this time around is getting back in and are using Lockheed Martin to develop a Low Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD). Last year you might remember they were talking about a QUESST (Quiet Supersonic Transport) aircraft. They LBFD is essentially the same thing. The demonstrator will be 94-foot-long will be used to test new technologies that would harness a low-boom, rather than the harsh sonic boom. 247.5 million dollars has been awarded to Lockheed Martin by NASA to pursue this endeavour.

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    Aerion CEO Retires, New One Named

    Aerion announced last month that Executive Chairman and CEO Brian Barents retired. Barents will continue to serve on the Aerion board of directors. Aerion’s board of directors elected Tom Vice to the position of chief executive officer and president, effective immediately. Vice assumes responsibility for all aspects of the leadership of Aerion Corporation, including its separate companies.
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    Lockheed Martin has actively started construction on the QUESST (Quiet Supersonic Transport). The Famed Skunk Works has started to cut metal for the new X-59 experimental project. It will experiment with aerodynamics and other techniques for mitigating sonic booms. Hopefully, if successful it could result in the removal of FAA restrictions against supersonic flight over land.

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    Aerion, the leader in supersonic aircraft, announced that Hal Martin has been named Vice President, Global Supply Chain, and will oversee a growing network of world class suppliers contributing to the AS2 supersonic business jet program. Martin brings substantial experience in managing international supply chains at major aerospace companies ,and in driving continuous improvement in supply chain performance through Lean Six Sigma strategies.“Hal brings a stellar back ground in managing supplier networks for complex, large-scale aerospace programs,”said Aerion Chief Operating Officer Steve Berroth, to whom Martin will report.“We will be finalizing a number of supplier relationships in the coming months, and Hal will be critical to this effort.”

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    Aerion AS2 plans for biofuel for this 120 million dollar supersonic jet. Of course it will run the conventional Jet A1 fuel as well. The same Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) that was pushed hard in this year's European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition will be the contender. Aerion claims the AS2 will be able to take 100 percent of the SAJF if needed...at least that is the plan.

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