50 years since the Concorde first took to the skies, a brand new supersonic jet is preparing for lift off.
Denver’s startup Company “Boom Subersonic” has announced the roll out of XB-1, a 1:3 scale prototype of its upcoming supersonic commercial jet “Overture”, on October 7-with test flights to begin in 2021.
And this will help to smooth the way for the first commercial supersonic flight, since the final landing for the mythical passenger airliner in 2003-the Concorde.
“XB-1 is the first step in bringing supersonic travel back to the world,” Blake Scholl founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic said in a statement on the company’s website.
According to Boom, demonstrating and proving the “key technologies” for Overture is the main purpose of XB-1, such as advanced carbon fiber composite construction and computer-optimized high-efficiency aerodynamics.
The company has also released images of the experimental aircraft, described as “history’s fastest privately developed aircraft,” in the hangar, including the completion of its wing installation.
“Faster travel enables us to experience the world’s people, cultures, and places. With XB-1, we’re demonstrating that we are prepared to bring back supersonic,” says Scholl.
Before the pandemic, Boom had gathered at least $6 billion worth of pre-orders for the aircraft, that has a price tag of $200 million, with buyers including Virgin Group and Japan Airlines which invested $10 million in the company in 2017.
If everything goes according to plan; Overture, that has a seat capacity between 55 to 75 people, will begin passenger flights in 2030.
500 primarily transoceanic flights will be the main focus of the airliner, that would benefit from the aircraft’s Mach-2.2 speeds. Flights like this can be the New York – London flights, a flight that would take just three hours and 15 minutes.
Unlike the Concorde, the aircraft has been designed with the latest noise-reducing technologies and will only fly at supersonic speeds while flying over oceans, to guarantee that populated areas are not affected by the sonic booms.
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