Call now! (ID:121746)+44-20-3695-1294
HomeTechSupersonic jet prototype is the ‘new Concorde’ that’ll reach New York in 3.5 hours

Supersonic jet prototype is the ‘new Concorde’ that’ll reach New York in 3.5 hours

Supersonic jet prototype is the ‘new Concorde’ that’ll reach New York in 3.5 hours
Boom Supersonic, an aviation startup, unveiled today a full-scale demonstrator of a supersonic passenger jet that aims to be the next-generation Concorde. (Boom)
Boom Supersonic, an aviation startup, unveiled today a full-scale demonstrator of a supersonic passenger jet that aims to be the next-generation Concorde. (Boom)

Jet company Boom has unveiled a prototype of its new supersonic plane that’s being heralded as the ‘new Concorde’.

The sleek, white XB-1 is capable of hitting Mach 1.3 and could transport up to 88 passengers from London to New York in three-and-a-half hours.

Boom is preparing the XB-1 for its first test flight next year. If successful, it could lead to a full production model – named Overture – getting the green light.

The plane employs three J85-15 jet engines – the same kind used by the US military for fighter jets. When finished, the plane will actually be 10% faster than Concorde, with a top speed of 1,451 miles per hour.

Boom, an aviation start-up from the US, has been working on supersonic planes for the last five years.

Boom Supersonic, an aviation startup, unveiled today a full-scale demonstrator of a supersonic passenger jet that aims to be the next-generation Concorde. The XB-1 demonstrator won?t take flight until 2021, but Boom unveiled the prototype to a group of aviation and aerospace executives at Centennial Airport in Denver. At 71 feet long, the XB-1 is a scaled-down version of the full production model that Boom hopes to have ready for passengers by 2029. The prototype only has room for the pilot, while the commercial-ready version will eventually hold up to 44 passengers. Boom aims to start testing the XB-1 next year. The demonstrator is expected to reach speeds of Mach 1.3, thanks to its three J85-15 engines, which are manufactured by General Electric, primarily for military aircraft.
Boom Supersonic has been working on supersonic aircraft for the last five years (Boom)

Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO, said: ‘Boom continues to make progress towards our founding mission—making the world dramatically more accessible.’

‘XB-1 is an important milestone towards the development of our commercial airliner, Overture, making sustainable supersonic flight mainstream and fostering human connection’

This sleek, white plane will travel from London to New York in 3.5 hours (Boom)
This sleek, white plane will travel from London to New York in 3.5 hours (Boom)

The prototype, nicknamed ‘Baby Boom’, measures a mere 71 feet long with a 20 foot wingspan. Like Concorde, it also features a slightly dropped nose. Meanwhile, the frame is made from a carbon composite for better heat resistance.

‘XB-1 is the end-product of years of development effort, including multiple wind tunnel trials, dozens of structural tests, hundreds of simulation iterations, and tens of thousands of work hours,’ Boom said in a statement.

CEO and founder Blake Scholl is clearly passionate about his company?s vision, and obviously takes pride in showing us the mock-up, along with the much smaller, but more technically precise wind tunnel testing model. He?s equally proud of his team, when he shows me the cramped engineering office above (they?ll outgrow it very soon, Scholl says) and can speak to basically every aspect Boom?s technology and aircraft design ? despite his seemingly unrelated background as a network technologies, automated advertising and ecommerce entrepreneur and executive.
CEO and founder Blake Scholl (Boom)

As impressive as it is, don’t be fooled about the level of exclusivity around flying supersonic. Estimates suggest the ticket price for a single flight could reach as high as £3,500.

It’s hoped the planes could be flying as soon as 2025. So if you want to try it out, best start saving now.