U.S. Air Force Supported Start-Ups, Exosonic and Twelve enter partnership to develop supersonic jet compatible sustainable aviation fuel


Twelve’s fossil-free E-Jet® fuel will be 100% compatible with Exosonic’s supersonic jet engines.

Los Angeles and Berkeley, California – November 17, 2021 – Low boom supersonic transport company Exosonic, Inc. and carbon transformation company Twelve have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work cooperatively to expand Twelve’s sustainable aviation fuel to be 100% compatible with Exosonic’s supersonic jet engines.

Support and funding from the United States Air Force (USAF) have allowed the two California-based start-ups to accelerate their growth and research. Exosonic and Twelve are working with the USAF through independent small business innovation research (SBIR) contracts sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory. Most recently, Twelve announced that the USAF supported the production of the first fossil-free jet fuel from carbon dioxide (CO2) electrolysis called E-Jet®, demonstrating a scalable, energy-efficient path to the de-fossilization of global commercial and military aviation. In addition, Exosonic has received USAF support to develop and modify the company’s commercial supersonic airliner to serve as an executive transport vehicle.

“We’re excited to partner with Twelve, an innovative company developing the carbon-neutral jet fuel of the future,” says Norris Tie, CEO and co-founder of Exosonic. “We believe the aviation industry needs to move towards more sustainable solutions. Exosonic looks forward to working with Twelve to include their fuel in our quiet supersonic airliner and across all of our supersonic UAV product lines. Exosonic must be sustainable from Day 1, and our partnership is a great start to that vision.”

“Shifting our global economy away from fossil fuels requires an all hands on deck approach. This is especially true when it comes to air travel, which is one of the hardest-to-abate sectors. Creating a drop-in ready jet fuel from CO2 enables aviation that can ultimately become carbon neutral. Partnering with Exosonic will enable long distance, supersonic aviation while minimizing emissions,” said Nicholas Flanders, Twelve co-founder and CEO.

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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.

About Twelve:

Twelve is the carbon transformation company, a new kind of chemical company built for the climate era. We make essential products from air, not oil. Our groundbreaking technology eliminates emissions by transforming CO2 into critical chemicals, materials and fuels that today are made from fossil fuels. We call it carbon transformation, and it fundamentally changes how we can address climate change, reduce emissions and reverse the carbon imbalance. Reinventing what it means to be a chemical company, we’re on a mission to create a climate positive world and a fossil free future through the power of chemistry.

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Contact:

Stephanie Werner

stephanie.werner@exosonic.com

Liz Crumpacker

twelve@antennagroup.com


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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.


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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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Contact:

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.

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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 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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