Exclusive look inside the supersonic US Air Force One.
(CNN) – In September, news spread that a company in California was working with the US Air Force on developing an aircraft Supersonic aircraft can be used as Air Force One.
Exosonic received a contract from the Executive and Presidential Air Transport (PE) directorate after it impressed the military with its concept of a supersonic twin engine at Mach 1.8.
CNN Travel managed to take an exclusive look inside the Executive Aircraft cabin designed to transport premium visitors from the Executive Branch of the United States.
It is a 31-passenger derivative of the Exosonic 70-seat aircraft concept that is the latest in business jets: premium leather, oak and quartz fittings, and private work and comfort suites, all with double cruising speeds.
The presidential ship’s functions vary according to needs, but this aircraft can primarily be used as Air Force 2, which is a call sign for aircraft carrying the Vice President of the United States.
“With this concept, we plan to implement new technologies that are not currently available or (yet) not found in commercial or commercial aircraft,” says Stephanie Shahan, Exosonic’s lead interior designer for aircraft, as she leads CNN on a virtual tour.
The first two private suites are a conference room that can accommodate three passengers, with secure remote video conferencing so that distinguished visitors can work, go online, or speak to the press.
Leather swivel seats with wood covers and the video screen can be folded so there is space on the side panel for dinner plates or projection equipment.
“Whether they are traveling to the vice president or the first lady, we will have a lot of flexibility here,” Shahan says.
Low sound supersonic flight
The second suite, which seats eight, has reclining seats and height-adjustable tables, where senior employees can work cooperatively and relax.
Then there is the main cabin which houses 20 business class seats, plus two kitchens, two bathrooms, and plenty of storage space.
As a trend in modern aircraft design, seat backs have spaces for storing personal electronic devices in place of the traditional support screens.
“The cabin design is inspired by the United States Executive Branch, its mission and values, as well as the Peregrine Falcon, which is famous for its speed, for its movement and good looks,” Shahan said.
The Exosonic has a range of 5,000 nautical miles, and thanks to noise reduction technologies, it should be able to fly at nearly twice the speed of sound without disturbing the residents below.
“The future of global express passenger travel is a hypersonic, low-boom,” says Norris Tye, CEO of Exosonic. “The” low boom “allows passengers to fly at hypersonic speeds without creating disruptive barriers for those on the ground.
The speed of Mach 1.8 is approximately 2,222 kilometers per hour, which is more than twice the sailing speed of a typical long-range merchant ship.
Tai told CNN that the company expects its supersonic aircraft to fly in the mid-1930s.
Exosonic supersonic aircraft design for the United States Executive Branch.
U.S. Air Force investments
Exosonic isn’t the only aviation pioneer to receive investment from the US Air Force.
Atlanta-based Hermeus Corporation is working on a 20-seat hypersonic vehicle that pledges to transport passengers from New York to London within 90 minutes.
Last year, it partnered with the US Air Force and PE to develop their Mach 5 spacecraft in support of the Presidential and Executive Fleet, and in March Hermos announced that it would also partner with NASA.
Ultrasound travel is generally believed to reach speeds of Mach 5 or more, or five times the speed of sound. Hermeus successfully tested a prototype Mach 5 engine in February last year.