Aerion Supersonic on Florida’s MLB Airport. The supersonic business jet developer lands at the airport to Embraer.
“The Space Coast has become a hub for the aviation and aerospace industry, and my administration continues to make it a priority to expand this high-wage and important business sector,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “We are thrilled that Aerion has selected Melbourne for its new global headquarters.”
The 60-hectare site on the northwest corner of MLB is called Aerion Park. This will house Aerion’s global headquarters and integrated campus for research, design, construction and maintenance of the AS2 SSBJ. Production of the AS2 is slated to begin in 2023.
The company expects Aerion Park to be “a key aerospace supplier within the supersonic technology ecosystem. This has advantages in bringing business to Florida and creating additional roles for scientists, designers, engineers, and aircraft manufacturers.”
This coast is within 200 nm of an offshore supersonic flight-test area.At the time, it said it was seeking 100 acres on a major airport with a minimum 9,000-foot runway and “other special geophysical requirements.” MLB’s Runway 9L/27R is 10,181 feet long by 150 feet wide.
Road and rail infrastructure; proximity to a deep-water port for shipped structures and equipment; local aerospace workforce; state and local regulations; quality of life; and regional educational institutions.