Inspenet, September 7, 2023.
Boom Supersonic’s supersonic aircraft is in the final stages of ground testing and is scheduled to make its maiden flight soon. This aircraft, called the Overture, aims to significantly reduce the duration of long transoceanic flights.
The Overture is expected to become the world’s fastest aircraft after seven years of development, and according to founder and CEO Blake Scholl, it may make its long-awaited maiden flight before the end of the year.
“I believe in a future where more people go to more places. Think crossing the Atlantic in less than four hours, leaving the East Coast in the morning, and arriving at dinner in Europe the same day. Think about being able to make a round trip to Asia in 24 hours”, said the CEO of Boom Supersonic.
The first flight faced several delays in previous years, mainly due to improvements to the engine and landing gear, as well as the need to ensure it is safe for human transport and does not create significant pollution.
Historically, supersonic flight has been restricted due to the noise it generates while flying, as it can cause window vibrations, set off car alarms, and have negative environmental impacts.
Details about Overture: The Supersonic Aircraft
This aircraft has been designed with carbon composite materials to optimize its aerodynamics and performance at supersonic speeds. It has the capacity to carry between 60 and 80 passengers and can fly up to 7,867 km with its full load. It is powered by four engines, with two of them located under each wing.
The latest news about the Overture flight centers on the company’s experimental prototype, known as the XB-1 , which is expected to undergo testing later this year. These will include taxi tests and a gradual increase in speed on the runway, as part of the plane’s preparation for its maiden flight scheduled for 2029.
The company has announced that it has designed more than 600 routes planned for the Overture around the world.