Decades ago, passenger supersonic planes made waves in the industry. With the Boom XB-1, it could return to the present.
Most aviation enthusiasts associate supersonic flights with Concorde, but its last commercial flight took place in October 2003. There was also a Tupolev Tu-144, but it was in circulation until June 1978. Subsequently, supersonic aircraft were abolished due to the massive noise, the exaggerated degree of polluting emissions, the incredible consumption and, last but not least, the price of a trip.
Now, they are trying to bring the supersonics back to life, by partially remedying the problems that led to their elimination. This category also includes Boom Supersonic, which has been in research and development for about 6 years. Before unveiling a generously sized creation for passengers, Boom just announced the XB-1.
Illustrated in the accompanying images, Boom XB-1 was created as a concept aircraft, for testing the technologies that will be integrated in a significantly larger edition for passengers. Test flights with the little XB-1 will start in 2021.
If all goes well, Boom could create the first completely new supersonic plane of people in about half a century. The first public details about this project began circulating on the Internet in August this year.
Boom XB-1 or Baby Boom has a length of 21.6 meters and is built around a composite carbon fiber frame. Propulsion is provided by 3 General Electric J85-15 engines, designed to provide 12,000 pounds of thrust. It is important to note that the J85 is a long-distance engine present in the market since the ’50s, but it seems that it has been optimized to minimize the impact of pollutants on the environment.
To materialize this concept, Boom collaborated with Stratasys and Velo 3D to reduce production costs by 3D printing of several parts. In the future, the company’s creators hope to create the first supersonic Overture for passengers in 2025, with the first commercial flight taking place in 2029.