Fancy flying to New York from London in three and a half hours? This could be the future – coming to an airport near you, in the shape of new aerospace company Boom Technology, in the shape of the XB-1 Aircraft.
Before you guess, nope, Concorde is not making a comeback just yet. New kid on the block – Boom, aims to enable aircraft to overcome the issues that ultimately caused Concorde’s decommissioning, such as poor ticket sales and high carbon emissions. What is different about Boom is it will carry just 45 seats, offering premium business travel from one side of the globe to the other, along three major routes. Passengers will benefit from faster travel, with Boom hoping to reach speeds of mach 2.2 – equivalent to 2716.56 Km/ph – as opposed to Concorde’s mach 2.04, along with being up to 30% more fuel efficient. These improvements are mainly due to the advancements in carbon fibre technology.
Passengers will additionally benefit from a smoother, quieter ride, with the Boom aiming to travel at around 60,000 feet. With the prospect of same day returns for previously long haul flights usually taking 15 hours for just one way. The Boom is set to improve productivity for businesses around the world, and, with the company predicting to be ready for flight in 2020, it’s looking like we won’t have too long to wait.
‘Baby Boom’ Airliner is set to get its wings
With funding from famous names such as Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic, alongside other venture capital and angel investors, investment now stands at $33 million; enough to push development into a flight test phase, set to take to the skies with its first test aircraft, the XB-1.
The XB-1 Aircraft
The XB-1 will be similar to the production airliner, yet one-third of the size – hence the name ‘Baby Boom’. It will be the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet and history’s fastest civil aircraft.
New Flight Technology for the Boom XB-1
Featuring a uniquely engineered blend of aerodynamics, materials and propulsion, the Boom has been refined via a rigorous testing process, evolving Concorde technology into new territory. Boom jets will feature new area-ruled fuselage, a chine and a refined delta wing, which work together to reduce air disturbance, heighten control and reduce engine noise. You can read more about the Boom XB-1 features here.
When questioned about the nature of the Boom project, CEO and Founder Blake Scholl commented “I started this because I was sad that I never got to fly on Concorde. I waited but no one was doing it, so I decided to,
“Ultimately, I want people to be able to get anywhere in the world in five hours for $100. To get there you have to improve fuel efficiency, but step-by-step supersonic air travel will become available for everyone.”
Track the Boom XB-1 Aircraft with the Plane Finder Flight Tracker App
What’s even more exciting is that with Plane Finder’s advanced flight tracker system, you can be the first to track the Boom’s first flight and even be able to monitor its speed, height and exact pathway. To find out more about how Plane Finder’s flight tracker works, click here.
The routes the Boom will eventually fly to and from on a regular basis are primarily London to New York, Sydney to Los Angeles and Tokyo to San Francisco. With Plane Finder, accurate tracking systems extend across the world map, putting you directly in the cockpit, ready to be a part of this historical journey.