Aerion Supersonic, the provider of supersonic technology, has announced that GE Aviation has been selected as the Electrical Power Systems provider for its AS2 supersonic business jet, the company said.
GE Aviation will design and develop the electrical power system for the AS2. The system includes electrical power generation, distribution, conversion and energy storage. The AS2 electrical power system design and initial integration planning work will be conducted at GE´s Electrical Power Integration Centre (EPIC) in Cheltenham, UK, with final integration and procurement at GE´s Electric Power Integrated Systems Center (EPISCenter), the electrical power integration headquarters, located in Dayton, Ohio.
Aerion´s AS2 is the first-ever privately built supersonic commercial aircraft. Designed to be inherently environmentally friendly, the AS2 is the first supersonic aircraft with the ability to accept 100 percent synthetic fuel. It is also the first to be designed without an afterburner. The 12 passenger business jet is scheduled to begin flight testing in 2024.
Aerion is pioneering a new generation of efficient, economical and environmentally responsible supersonic aircraft. The Mach 1.4 AS2 business jet is scheduled to begin flight testing in 2024. Aerion entered into a partnership with Boeing in February 2019 to develop the AS2 and advance the supersonic market. In October 2018, Aerion and GE Aviation unveiled the quiet and efficient GE Affinity engine, the first civil supersonic engine in more than 50 years
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a global provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft.