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A Concorde Mini--Supersonic Flight For The Business Class.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on February 5, 2008

If you need a break from news on the primaries and the economy, take a look at this incredible business jet. Not yet real, but with lots of orders in, I’m sure it spews tons of carbon into the air and is totally politically incorrect. But it is quite beautiful and will get people around faster (hmmm….does that mean it is actually greener than regular commercial flight?).


Matt Vella wrote the story—it’s one of innovation .

Aerion, a Reno, Nevada company (yep, Reno), is developing the $80 million SBJ--Supersonic Business Jet (change the name guys).

The most innovatative thing about the SBJ is the wings. Not the Concorde shape at all. The rest is off-the-shelf, including the jet engine. The company's chief tech officer used to work at DARPA and knows his hypersonic aerodynamics. Planned for 12 people.

Will it actually take off in 2014 as planned? Who knows? It would be nice to get to Paris in 4 hours and 15 minutes. If I didn't have to kill half the planet to get there, that is. Maybe I can plant some trees......

Reader Comments

Zia Khan

February 6, 2008 5:23 PM

It would be nice to get a sense of relative scale. From this rendering it seems like an awfully large plane just to carry 12 bodies. That's lot of carbon just to build it!

Here's another - the QSST:

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