Supersonic Flights on the Horizon with Boom Technology’s XB-1
With both the Concorde and the Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-144 now taking a back seat, Denver based Boom Technology is creating the XB-1, a supersonic passenger aircraft affordable for routine travel. The XB-1, a supersonic demonstrator aircraft at one-third the scale of the airliner is nicknamed “Baby Boom,” and expects to become the world’s fastest civil aircraft by the end of the year.
Flying at 1,451 mph, it is more than 100 mph faster than the Concorde and the Boom aircraft’s efficiency will come from its aerodynamic design, made possible by its carbon-fiber construction. The full-size airliner is expected to make its first flight in 2020 and will travel as fast as Mach 2.2, making Boom jets 10% faster than Concorde and 2.6X faster than other airliners.
Medium-bypass turbofan engines, based on a proven commercial engine core, deliver quiet takeoff and efficient supersonic cruise. Optimized through 1,000+ simulated wind tunnel tests. State-of-the-art carbon fiber reinforced plastic withstands the intense heat of supersonic flight with a lightweight and strong structure.
The XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator is a subscale prototype of the Boom supersonic passenger airliner. On display for the first time ever at Boom’s Hangar 14 at Centennial Airport, the XB-1 is the world’s fastest civil aircraft ever made, and will demonstrate in flight the key technologies for affordable supersonic travel. The Boom airliner will carry 45 passengers, paying a fare that is about the same as a business-class seat on a subsonic airliner.
With one spacious seat on each side of the aisle, each passenger has a large window, a personal overhead bin, and direct aisle access. Cruising up to 60,000’, passengers experience a smoother ride with less turbulence.
The breakthrough Boom jet can offer 2.6 times quicker flights profitably at the same fares as business class. Since Travelers today value nonstop over connecting flights, they will gladly pay premium fares to save time.
First flight of the XB-1 is planned for late 2017. Subsonic flight test will be conducted east of Denver; supersonic test flights will be conducted near Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California, in partnership with Virgin Galactic’s The Spaceship Company. The XB-1 is a technically representative 1⁄3-scale version of the production Boom airliner.
Formerly of NASA, SpaceX and Boeing, Boom brought together the top minds in aviation to build its modern supersonic passenger airliner. Learning from the Concorde, they combined advanced aerodynamics, efficient engine technology and new composite materials to power a safe and affordable supersonic aircraft 2.6x faster than current jetliners.
The product of over 1,000 simulated wind tunnel tests, Boom’s tri-jet design features a refined delta wing, a gracefully tapered carbon fiber fuselage, and efficient turbofan jet engines. Unlike Concorde, the Boom design requires no afterburner, significantly improving fuel economy.
Leveraging 50 years’ progress in fundamental aerospace technologies, Boom uses proven tech (aerodynamics, materials, propulsion) to create a revolutionary new design. While the design is new, every key technology has already been proven safe and reliable on other commercial aircraft. The Boom design meets and exceeds industry and regulatory safety guidelines and aims to create an aircraft that is safe, fast and a pleasure to fly.