Plane that can travel at twice the speed at sound

January 9, 2019

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Supersonic travel could soon be back.

 

Boom Supersonic has revealed a $100m investment in Overture, a 55 seater supersonic passenger jet capable of flying at at more than twice the speed of sound, with a range of 5,180 miles.

 

It could take passengers from London to New York in just 3.5 hours - around half the time it currently takes. 

 

New investors in the Colorado-based company include the Emerson Collective, headed by Laurene Powell Jobs – widow of Apple's former chief executive, Steve Jobs.

 

Overture, a 55 seater supersonic passenger jet capable of flying at at more than twice the speed of sound, with a range of 5,180 miles. It could take passengers from London to New York in just 3.5 hours - around half the time it currently takes.

 

 New investors in the Colorado-based company include the Emerson Collective, headed by Laurene Powell Jobs – widow of Apple's former chief executive, Steve Jobs.

 

'This new funding allows us to advance work on Overture, the world's first economically viable supersonic airliner,' said Blake Scholl, founder of Boom Supersonic.

 

'Overture fares will be similar to today's business class — widening horizons for tens of millions of travelers.

 

'Ultimately, our goal is to make high-speed flight affordable to all.'  

Boom says Overture will accommodate the use of next-generation alternative fuels and have a carbon footprint comparable to that of present-day business-class travel.

 

It hopes the new craft will make supersonic travel affordable.

 

'With 55 seats and seat-mile costs similar to subsonic business class, supersonic flight is practical on hundreds of transoceanic routes—making it the new norm for anyone who flies business class,' the firm said. 

 

 Boom is currently assembling XB-1, a ⅓-scale manned prototype of its Mach-2.2 airliner. XB-1 will be piloted by Chief Test Pilot Bill 'Doc' Shoemaker and is set to fly later this year

 

OVERTURE SPECS 

-Top speed Mach 2.2 (1,451 mph, 2,335 km/h)

-170 feet long, with a wingspan of 60 feet

-2 pilots, up to 4 cabin crew

-55 business class seats onboard

-However, only two toilets 

 

Future customers include the Virgin Group and Japan Airlines, which have pre-ordered a total of 30 jets between them.

 

The three-engine Boom aircraft have a sonic boom 'at least 30 times quieter' than Concorde.

At landing and takeoff, the company says: 'Overture will be as quiet as the subsonic aircraft flying similar routes today.'

 

A fleet of 2,000 of the supersonic passenger planes could eventually link cities across the globe in the future.

 

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