Aerion SSBJ Rocketing Forward

 - September 15, 2006, 6:11 AM

Reno start-up Aerion, which is developing a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), is evaluating different means of demonstrating full-scale supersonic natural laminar flow performance, including use of a rocket sled. To verify the feasibility of such a test, the company plans to conduct an evaluation test on a supersonic rocket sled at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, Calif., this summer. Aerion continues to project a five-year certification timeline from program launch, which would mean that its SSBJ could enter service in 2011 or 2012.