The latest designs for a ‘gull wing’ supersonic jet that would enable flights between London and New York in 3.5 hours were unveiled.
The Boom Supersonic Overture aircraft, which will fly at a speed of 2,100 km/h (Mach 1.7) — a speed similar to Concorde — has undergone 51 design iterations since work on the project began in 2017.
This latest model was designed to seat 65 to 80 with hopes that it will be flying commercial passengers by 2030.
Four smaller engines have replaced the original three in the design, while a revolutionary “automated noise reduction system” is said to ensure a quieter aircraft.
“Gull Wings” aim to increase speed and stability; They are also shaped to improve supersonic performance as well as improve subsonic and supersonic handling.
“Aviation has not experienced a major leap in decades. Overture is revolutionary in its design and will fundamentally change the way we think about distance,” said Boom Founder and CEO Blake Scholl.
“With more than 600 routes around the world, Overture will dramatically make the world more accessible to millions of passengers.”
The aircraft is said to fly at a speed of 2,100 km/h – faster than the speed of sound – over the sea and at a slightly lower speed over land.
Due to the “sonic boom” effect, which sounds like an explosion or a thunderclap to the human ear, most countries prohibit jets from traveling faster than the speed of sound over land.
According to Boom Supersonic, the Overture will allow travelers to get from London to New York in 3.5 hours, cutting the current travel time by 4.5 hours.
Flights from Sydney to Los Angeles would take an estimated 8.5 hours – five hours faster than before.
The 201-foot aircraft will incorporate carbon composites into most of a redesigned fuselage and will run on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
The company says it is building “the world’s fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety and sustainability.”
Boom Supersonic will also begin outfitting The Iron Bird, a new 70,000 square foot hardware ground test facility in Centennial, Colorado, to house its first Overture test model and full-size flight deck simulators.
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