Hermeus Engine Testing Field Office
Hermeus was founded in 2018 with the mission to radically accelerate air travel. They’re developing Mach 5 aircraft to connect people faster and bring much-needed innovation to commercial flight.
On the path to hypersonic passenger aircraft, Hermeus is partnering with government agencies including the US Air Force and NASA to develop a series of autonomous aircraft that derisk the technology and solve urgent national security challenges.
Hermeus is a venture-backed startup with the long-term vision of transforming the global human transportation network with Mach 5 aircraft. At Mach 5, travel is not just supersonic, it’s hypersonic. At these speeds – over 3,000 miles per hour – flight times from New York to London would be 90 minutes rather than seven hours.
They needed a field office where they could test engines safely, while also fulfilling the design and feel of that their company’s brand holds.
Because speed is Hermeus’ calling card, they needed an office fitting those characteristics. Thanks to great project management their onsite construction consisted of only 33 days between breaking ground and testing their first engine at the facility in August 2021.
One unique design aspect that cut down on the onsite work was the use of shipping container base frames for the actual decking structure. The deck tied into the containers with twist locks at the ISO corners. This really expedited the completion of the decks to meet their compressed deadline.