A Sydney-based company has signed a deal to create a 100-seat supersonic airliner that it believes will enter service as soon as 2025, Australian Aviation can reveal.
Cosmovision Global Corporation claims the new aircraft could fly between Sydney and LA in less than six hours and would boast a flight range comparable to a 787-9.
The business will compete with a range of international companies, including Boom Supersonic and Spike Aerospace, vying to become the first commercial supersonic jet to enter service since the Concorde.
On Tuesday afternoon, Cosmovision told Australian Aviation it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Ukrainian jet engine manufacturer JSC Motor Sich and designer SE Ivchenko-Progress to develop the aircraft.
The business believes it will be first transcontinental and trans-Pacific supersonic passenger jetliner in Australia.
Cosmovision is best known for its plans to create a space port at Cape York in far north Queensland.
The project is being headed up by Cosmovision president Ilya Osadchuk, a Ukrainian and Australian citizen who moved to Sydney in 1996. According to Cosmovision’s website, Osadchuk previously played a “significant role” in advising Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
He claims to have been “invited to speak at events by presidents of many Western countries, consults several government departments in the Asia-Pacific region and attends social events as a guest speaker, held by the royal families of Great Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands”.
Cosmovision said it would be arranging “financial resources” for its development and also obtaining “all necessary Australian approvals, permits and licences required for development, production and testing of the prototype engine”. It said it’s already heard from “many potential investors” keen to invest.
The three-year agreement between the trio was signed on 28 April 2021 by Cosmovision’s Osadchuk, Motor Sich’s president Vyacheslav Boguslaev, and Ivchenko-Progress director of enterprise Igor Kravchenko.
“I am very excited to announce this major agreement between our three organisations, which will bring Australia closer to its partners and markets in the United States, Europe and the Middle East,” Osadchuk said today.
“Motor Sich and Ivchenko-Progress are among the leading aircraft engine designers and manufacturers in the world and I am thrilled that they have chosen to partner with my company Cosmovision in Australia to help bring this exciting project to completion and lift-off.
“Motor Sich’s president and general designer, Mr Vyacheslav Boguslaev, has been with his company for 40 years now and he is one of the best aero developers in the world.
“Cosmovision is looking forward to working with Mr Boguslaev and SE Ivchenko-Progress designer general Kravchenko on this unique and ground-breaking project which will enable rapid travel from down under to northern hemisphere countries and continents in times never achieved before by passenger jetliners.”
Cosmovision said jet manufacturer and designer Motor Sich is “one of the world’s top four aircraft and helicopter engine manufacturers” and hailed SE Ivchenko-Progress’ designs are “widely used in both civil and military aircraft”.
In March, World of Aviation reported how supersonic jet maker Aerion has reportedly confirmed orders for 20 of its AS2 supersonic business jets by private aircraft firm NetJets, as well as the launch of a new supersonic aircraft training facility.
The AS2 is vying to become the first supersonic aircraft to enter commercial service in 51 years, as well as the world’s first supersonic business aircraft.
The supersonic jet is powered by fuel-efficient GE Aviation turbofan engines, with the engine-maker confirming it has successfully completed initial designs for the jet engine.
Meanwhile, rival aircraft Boom Overture has already clocked up very high-profile orders from the Sir Richard Branson-backed Virgin Group, Japan Airlines and the US Air Force.