Supersonic Boom (Boom) presented plans for the future supersonic passenger plane
At the Paris Air Show 2019, Boom Supersonic (Boom) presented plans for the future supersonic passenger plane. The XB-1 aircraft, a prototype aircraft with 2 seats, will be officially launched in December 2019.
But let's get back to the supersonic civil aircraft. In the aeronautical industry there were 2 supersonic aircraft, which were targeted for civilian flights. One plane was famous supersonic Concorde, which flew to 2003. The second was Tupolev TU-144, who did not enjoy too much success or too many commercial flights.
The XB-1 aircraft will be unveiled in December 2019
We have often wondered why supersonic passenger planes have not appeared. It's like the question: "Why didn't man travel to the moon after the great achievement in 1969?". The answer would seem to be economic in nature. It has been shown that it is possible, the costs, problems and benefits were seen, and the conclusion was "not worth it". But is it so?
Due to commercial and operational considerations, major aircraft manufacturers have given up the idea of building supersonic commercial aircraft.
Overture is the future supersonic plane
Researchers from Boom Supersonic have not abandoned the idea of building a supersonic passenger plane. At the Paris Air Show they announced that their project is progressing well, but the focus is on safety, not on time. Thus, the XB-1 aircraft will be launched towards the end of the year 2019, with 6 months late. XB-1 is a test aircraft, which only has 2 seats, but is very useful in developing the Overture program.
Overture is intended to be a supersonic aircraft, which will be able to carry between 55 and 75 passenger, all-business. The crew will consist of 4 flight attendants and 2 pilots. Japan Airlines has invested 10 million dollars in Boom and pre-ordered 20 Overture aircraft. If all goes according to plan, the first passengers will be able to travel with Overture somewhere in 2025 - 2027. The test fleet will count 6 aircraft, and the first flight should be operated in 2020. At this point we are skeptical and do not believe that an Overture aircraft will rise from the ground in the next 2 years.
But until Overture, the XB-1 will play an important role. By developing and testing the XB-1, Boom researchers will understand how Overture should be.
XB-1 will play an important role in the development of Overture
In the last 12 months, Boom has gone through the critical engineering and construction stages, and below are some of the development stages:
• Validation of the XB-1 aerodynamic design
• Testing the functionality of the engine
• Engine testing on fuel
• Aerodynamic tunnel testing for supersonic speeds
• Testing the flight telemetry system
• All systems checked to achieve safety objectives
• Completion of the front fuselage and wings
From what Blake Scholl, the founder and CEO of Boom, said, we can hope that in 10 years we will fly supersonic at 2.2 Mach speeds. That means we can travel Madrid - Bostin in just 3.3 hours, New - York - London in just 3.15 hours or San Francisco - Tokyo in just 5.5 hours. Or maybe we can fly Sydney - Los Angeles in just 6: 45 hours, currently the distance is traveled in about 15 hours.
The future sounds good!