Supersonic airliners hit turbulence as jet developer shuts down

June 2, 2021
Experts cite the downturn in travel after Covid-19, concerns about fuel use and noise regulations on supersonic jets, Tom Metcalfe reports for NBC News.

RENO, Nev., - The prospects of flying on a supersonic airliner a few hours between New York and London have hit a headwind with the closing of Aerion Supersonic, one of the sector’s leading companies, Tom Metcalfe reports for NBC NewsContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

June 2, 2021 -Metcalfe's reporting for NBC News notes that experts cite the closure of Aerion Supersonic happening after the COVID pandemic, emissions concerns as well as noise.

“A lot of momentum has evaporated," Bernd Liebhardt, an engineer at the German Aerospace Center in Hamburg who works on civilian supersonic projects said. "Aerion was clearly the front-runner and probably years ahead of the competition."

Boom Superonic of Denver is still aiming to bring faster-than-sound commercial travel back to the market. Its Overture airliner is scheduled to start flying passengers in 2029.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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