Aerion and Lockheed Martin have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the feasibility of a joint development of the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Aerion AS2.

Over the next 12 months, the companies will work together to develop a framework on all phases of the program, including engineering, certification and production.

Supersonic renaissance

Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass commented: “This relationship is absolutely key to creating a supersonic renaissance. When it comes to supersonic know-how, Lockheed Martin’s capabilities are well known, and, in fact, legendary. We share with Lockheed Martin a commitment to the long-term development of efficient civil supersonic aircraft.”

Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said: “We are excited to work with Aerion on their development of the next-generation, efficient supersonic jet that will potentially serve as a platform for pioneering future supersonic aircraft.”

Supersonic flight: Getting there

Earlier this year, we interviewed Dr. Richard Tracy, senior vice president & chief technology officer, Aerion, about the challenges of making supersonic air travel a reality, and when we are going to get there.