Exosonic was awarded a contract by the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate (PE) after impressing the military with its concept for a low-boom supersonic Mach 1.8 twinjet.
CNN Travel has now got an exclusive look inside the cabin of the executive transport aircraft designed to carry the US Executive Branch’s prominent visitors (DV).
It is a 31-passenger derived from Exosonic’s 70-passenger commercial passenger aircraft concept and is the ultimate in business aircraft – luxurious leather, oak and quartz fittings, private suites for work and rest, and all in cruise times twice as much as existing aircraft.
The functions of the presidential craft vary as needed, but this aircraft can primarily be used as Air Force Two, which is the call sign for jets carrying the US Vice President.
“With this concept, we plan to implement new technologies that are not available today, or that you (yet) do not see on commercial or business aircraft,”
The first of two private suites is the meeting room with three passengers, with secure video teleconferencing, so that prominent visitors can work, go online or contact the press.
The rotatable seats are made of leather with wooden shells, and the video monitor can be stored in a rolled position, so that there is room on the credenza sideboard for the dinner plate or presentation equipment.
“So whether they fly vice president or first lady, or first man, we would have great flexibility here,” says Chahan.
The 3D rendering, seen by CNN on a virtual review, was completed by Calfornia-based Prime Studios.
Supersonic flight with low boom
The second suite with eight passengers has reclining seats and adjustable table heights, and this is where older employees can work together and rest.
Then there is the main cabin with 20 business class seats, plus two galaxies, two toilets and plenty of storage space.
According to the trend in modern aircraft design, the seat backs have room to hold personal electronic devices instead of traditional back monitors.
“The cabin design was inspired by the US Executive Branch and its mission and values, as well as the peregrine falcon, known for its speed – both by the movement and by the beautiful appearance,” says Chahan.
Exosonic’s aircraft boast a range of 5,000 nautical miles, and thanks to boom softening techniques, it should be able to fly over land at almost twice the speed of sound without disturbing the inhabitants below.
“The future of global fast passenger travel is low-supersonic flight,” says Exosonic’s CEO, Norris Tie. “Low boom allows travelers to fly at supersonic speeds without generating disturbing barriers for those on the ground.”
Mach 1.8 is around 2238 kilometers per hour (2222 kilometers), which is more than double the typical cruising speed of a long-distance commercial vessel.
Tie tells CNN that the company expects its supersonic aircraft to fly by the mid-2030s.
Exosonic’s executive transport jet was to hit the skies by the mid-2030s.
Exosonic is not the only aviation jumper to receive US Air Force investments.
Atlanta-based Hermeus Corporation is working on a hypersonic 20-seater that promises to deliver passengers from New York to London in 90 minutes.
Last year, it partnered with the U.S. Air Force and PE to develop the Mach 5 spacecraft to support the presidential and executive fleets, and in March, Hermeus announced that it was also partnering with NASA.
Hypersonic travel is generally considered to reach speeds of Mach 5 or higher, or five times the speed of sound. Hermeus successfully tested a prototype of the Mach 5 engine in February last year.