Aerion, the U.S. company seeking to attract risk-sharing partners for a proposed supersonic business jet, has announced a number of design changes that it said are necessary to achieve weight and performance targets. The Mach 1.8 airplane’s forward fuselage has been reshaped to provide a slightly raised cockpit, larger cabin and reduced drag. Cabin height and width have grown slightly, as has the width of the cabin floor.
AINalerts » June 20, 2007
Boeing has revealed a surprise entry for the U.S. Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) competition. While two rival bids use High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Boeing is adapting the Gulfstream G550 to fly the mission manned or unmanned.
EADS Astrium plans to move into the space tourism market, the company revealed. Rides, including three minutes of weightlessness at an altitude of 330,000 feet, are likely to cost upward of $200,000. The only route to space for non-astronauts today, a ride on the Russian Soyuz to the International Space Station, costs $25 million and involves “six months of horrible training,” the company said.
Rolls-Royce revealed exclusively to AIN details of an entirely new series of two-shaft engines under development to power business jets and large regional aircraft. The UK company, fresh from its success in winning the competition to power Dassault’s next new business jet, said the aircraft is only the first in a series of potential applications.
The Paris Air Show, being held this week at Le Bourget Airport, is turning out to be a major event for both business jet and jetliner manufacturers. Cessna said this morning that it landed a major order from NetJets and NetJets Europe valued at more than $1 billion. The deal is for 96 Citations (50 Encore+s, 37 XLS+s and nine Citation Xs). Bombardier is in on the action with a firm order for six Learjets from UK-based Skytime.