Contract award for demonstrator UAV concept reduces risk for future supersonic executive transport and has potential military utility as a training platform


Los Angeles, CA – October 7, 2021 – Low boom supersonic transport company Exosonic, Inc. is proud to announce a Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract award from the US Air Force (USAF). The contract will fund the development of a low boom supersonic uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator. Awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s AFWERX, the contract is in partnership with Air Combat Command and the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate.


Exosonic is excited to develop the first purpose-built supersonic UAV to aid the USAF in its pilot training mission. This vehicle will demonstrate technologies directly relevant to Exosonic’s quiet supersonic airliner and build a short-term path to revenue. The company plans to reinvest the profits from UAV sales to fund future supersonic product developments, such as the airliner.


Norris Tie, Exosonic’s CEO, says, “Our vision at Exosonic is to fly people supersonic everywhere with our airliner designed to fly supersonic overland with a muted sonic boom. The supersonic UAV work is critical to our company’s strategy due to how much we’ll learn about designing, manufacturing, and maintaining supersonic airplanes with our first UAV products. The UAV is also important to our company’s longevity. It will provide profits that we can funnel back into our company and give investors, suppliers, and customers confidence that we can deliver supersonic aircraft to the market before anyone needs to make a multi-billion dollar investment.”


This supersonic UAV will help the pilot training mission by acting as a near-peer adversary fighter to challenge fighter pilots in live flight training. Due to constrained training budgets and a pilot shortage, the USAF cannot efficiently produce new, fully-trained fighter pilots. As a result, a limited number of fighter pilots are receiving the adequate amount of live air training necessary to be prepared to defend our country against near-peer adversaries. Exosonic’s supersonic UAV will serve as a mock adversary to stress fighter pilots in live flight training exercises. Equipped with various payloads and sensors, training can be conducted at a fraction of the cost of existing live air training solutions. This could save taxpayers millions in training dollars and reduce wear-and-tear on existing USAF operational aircraft that serve as aggressors. Supersonic UAVs will also enable fighter pilots to focus their flight time on blue air training instead of flying as the enemy for their fellow pilots.

In addition to working with the USAF, Exosonic is working with government contractors, such as Tactical Air Support to understand how pilot training can be improved. Jim DiMatteo, Director of Communications and F-5 ADAIR pilot said, “Tactical Air Support is excited to see an emerging supersonic UAV platform that can operate jointly with a piloted contract adversary like the Tactical Air Support F-5 Advanced Tiger. These expanded capabilities will significantly enhance the DoD Blue forces training at a reduced cost.”

Exosonic has also received support from California’s 33rd Congressional District Representative Ted Lieu for this work.


"I’m pleased to support Exosonic’s recent proposal to AFWERX to develop a low boom supersonic UAV. Their supersonic UAV could be a cost-effective way to train future pilots and would help further flight innovation by demonstrating quiet supersonic overland travel with a muted sonic boom. I look forward to seeing Exosonic field its capabilities as the small business becomes a new player in California’s supersonic aviation industrial base," said Rep. Ted Lieu.


Exosonic will continue to explore more applications for its supersonic UAVs to help the DoD’s mission to modernize in the face of upcoming near-peer adversary threats. Exosonic will also use the UAV for its own purposes: to test its low boom technology in flight. This research will help validate Exosonic’s sonic boom loudness work. This data could be provided to civil aviation authorities as they look into replacing the supersonic overland flight ban with a sonic boom loudness restriction instead.


The period of performance for this Direct to Phase II Contract is 15 months.


For more information about Exosonic, visit www.exosonic.com.

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About Exosonic:

Exosonic is an aerospace company developing the world’s first low boom, quiet supersonic passenger airliner using shaped sonic boom technology. By muting the sonic boom, Exosonic will be able to fly supersonic everywhere - overland and overwater to take passengers to their destinations twice as fast as commercial flights available today. The company was founded with a vision to bring people together through faster travel and with a commitment to environmentally sustainable practices. Exosonic is setting the standard for faster flight with a low boom 5000 nmi range, 70 passenger supersonic airliner. As part of the supersonic airliner development, Exosonic is offering short and medium-term timeline products aligned to Exosonic’s overall mission to shrink the world through faster transportation.


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Stephanie Werner

stephanie.werner@exosonic.com


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Award-winning USAF Veteran brings global and DoD expertise

to low boom supersonic start-up


Los Angeles, CA — April 26, 2021 — Low boom supersonic transport company Exosonic, Inc. is excited to announce that retired Brigadier General Robert “Blend’r” Novotny joins Exosonic’s advisory board. Brig. Gen. Novotny will help Exosonic further its government relationships as it continues to grow United States Air Force and Department of Defense support for its supersonic products. Brig. Gen. Novotny will be instrumental in helping the team navigate through the DoD network, identify relevant contacts, and share how to work within the appropriate channels to gain interest and further contracts.


Brig. Gen. Novotny shares with Exosonic his nearly 30 years of USAF experience, where he last was the Commander of the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. In this capacity, he oversaw nearly 5,000 Active Duty, government civilian, union and contract employees responsible for the safe operation of the nation’s most advanced aerial combat exercises. Furthermore, he was charged with managing the US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, known throughout the world as the “Thunderbirds.” Brig. Gen. Novotny was an architect of the incredibly popular “American Strong” joint US Air Force “Thunderbirds” and US Navy “Blue Angels” display teams flybys across America during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.


Brig. Gen. Novotny’s leadership also extends into aircraft test, development, and acquisition programs. He has played high-ranking roles in the F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, Next Generation Air Dominance, and the Advanced Battle Management System programs. He also was called to lead the USAF Operational Test Program and successfully delivered the very first F-35 fighters to Air Combat Command.


“Given Brig. Gen. Novotny’s extensive leadership experience in managing aerial combat exercises, aircraft test, development, and acquisition programs, our team has the extraordinary privilege to welcome him to Exosonic’s Advisory Board. We have already exchanged several conversations with him and we have already learned so much. The knowledge he shares has influenced Exosonic’s short-term / medium term strategy. We look forward to growing our relationship together to further Exosonic’s mission to provide quiet supersonic travel everywhere,” says Norris Tie, Exosonic’s CEO and co-founder.


“The future of commercial travel must be supersonic to keep pace with demand signal from business and government customers alike. Low boom supersonic flight fills the need to travel over land and population centers where other supersonic platforms cannot fly. Furthermore, Exosonic is on path to meet the DoD’s need for a supersonic loyal wingman and an innovative adversary air training platform that will push the limits of our team. I am honored to join this team of forward-thinking innovators who will bring revolutionary capabilities to the market.”


For more information about Exosonic, visit www.exosonic.com.

For the latest news, follow us @FlyExosonic: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.


About Exosonic:

Exosonic is an aerospace company developing the world’s first low boom, quiet supersonic passenger airliner using shaped sonic boom technology. By muting the sonic boom, Exosonic will be able to fly supersonic everywhere - overland and overwater to take passengers to their destinations twice as fast as commercial flights available today. The company was founded with a vision to bring people together through faster travel and with a commitment to environmentally sustainable practices. Exosonic is setting the standard for faster flight with a low boom 5000 nmi range, 70 passenger supersonic airliner. As part of the supersonic airliner development, Exosonic is offering short and medium term timeline products that are aligned to Exosonic’s overall mission to shrink the world through faster transportation.


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Contact:

Stephanie Chahan

stephanie.chahan@exosonic.com



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Exosonic to showcase its Low Boom Supersonic Airliner in the Innovative World category

Los Angeles, CA — March 4, 2021 — Low boom supersonic transport company Exosonic was selected as an alternate in the Innovative World category for the 11th annual SXSW Pitch®.

SXSW Pitch is the marquee event of South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Online (March 16-20, 2021), where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive technology innovations to a panel of hand-picked judges and a virtual audience. Out of the more than 500 companies that applied to present at SXSW Pitch 2021, Exosonic was selected among the 16 alternates spanning 8 separate categories.

2021 Categories include Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice, Enterprise & Smart Data, Entertainment, Gaming & Content, Future of Work, Health, Wearables & Wellbeing, Innovative World Technologies, Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics, Social & Culture.


The two-day event will be presented on Wednesday, March 17th and Thursday, March 18th during SXSW Online. The winners for each category will be announced during the SXSW Pitch Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 18th at 3:05 pm.


Exosonic will present among four other companies in the Innovative World category on March 17, 2021.

“Exosonic is excited to share its vision of enabling supersonic flight everywhere through Exosonic’s muted sonic boom approach. By quieting the boom, we can fly supersonic overwater and overland, pending regulations. However, Exosonic is also taking an innovative product roadmap strategy to build the company in incremental steps. With a strong team and customer traction, Exosonic is excited to usher in a faster future. Come watch our 1-min pitch that concisely encapsulates our company.” – Norris Tie, CEO and Co-founder of Exosonic, Inc.


“SXSW Pitch is having an incredible year in the recruiting, and showcasing of, the best and the brightest startups from around the globe. Despite the global pandemics, the startup community has responded positively to our call for participation, and with this SXSW is able to feature an incredible class of startups that we believe will change the landscape of the technology world”, said SXSW Pitch Event Producer Chris Valentine.


For more information about Exosonic, visit www.exosonic.com.

Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter: @FlyExosonic.


About Exosonic:

Exosonic is an aerospace company developing a Mach 1.8 low boom supersonic airliner to advance aviation for passengers worldwide. Designed with a muted sonic boom, passengers will be able to fly supersonic everywhere - overland and overwater to reach their destinations twice as fast as commercial flights available today. The company was founded with a vision to bring people together through faster travel and with a commitment to environmentally sustainable practices. Exosonic is setting the standard for faster flight with a low boom 5000 nmi range, 70 passenger supersonic airliner. As part of the supersonic airliner development, Exosonic is offering a supersonic UAV as a nearer term technology solution, which will dually act as a technology demonstrator. This UAV represents a step in Exosonic’s incremental approach to changing the way people travel.


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Contact:

Stephanie Chahan

stephanie.chahan@exosonic.com

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