Collins Aerospace Systems — a subsidiary unit of Raytheon Technologies (RTX) — signed a new collaboration agreement with Boom Supersonic, the aerospace firm behind the world's fastest airliner — to accelerate nacelle technology for Boom's forthcoming flagship supersonic airliner, Overture, according to a press release shared with Interesting Engineering via email.
Boom Supersonic, Collins Aerospace Systems join forces to advance nacelle technology
As Boom's upcoming flagship supersonic airliner, Overture is expected to become the world's fastest airliner, designed to set a new industry standard for speed, sustainability, and safety, according to the press release.
Collins Aerospace engineers will work in-synch with Boom to design nacelle, inlet, and exhaust system technologies to reduce fuel burn, and curate cutting-edge acoustics for quieter and cleaner supersonic flights. This will move forward via lightweight aerostructures, along with variable nacelle geometry.
Collins Aerospaceaims for 'lower fuel burn, quiet operation'
The unit of RTX is renown for engineering advanced nacelle technology for more than 70 years — including the development of the world's first commercial variable fan nozzle, for engines with high-bypass-ratio geared turbofans. (GTF).
"Through improved acoustics and lightweight materials systems, we can provide the next generation of supersonic propulsion systems with the nacelle technologies that not only enable higher performance and lower fuel burn, but also quieter operation," said Collins Aerospace Aerostructures President Marc Duvall. "Having completed 19 nacelle certification programs over the past decade, we're uniquely positioned to collaborate with Boom Supersonic to create new propulsion-system solutions that will be key enablers of Overture's success."
'Noise attenuation' is key for Overture, says Boom
The two-pronged engineering team will explore advanced acoustics and variable exhaust and inlet technologies — crucial to lowering the boom and scream of aircraft noise for passengers and community bystanders, while also upgrading performance.
"Boom is taking an all-encompassing approach to sustainability — from our commitment to make Overture 100% carbon neutral to minimizing community noise and emissions, we're dedicated to making mainstream supersonic travel environmentally and economically sustainable," said Boom's CEO and Founder Blake Scholl. "We are leveraging Collins' experience in developing more fuel efficient and noise attenuating technologies for nacelles to help us develop Overture as an environmentally responsible supersonic jet."
Overture in design phase, initial service in 2029
This comes on the heels of an earlier announcement from Boom of a partnership with Rolls-Royce to develop the enhanced propulsion slated to become the mainstream standard of advanced commercial flight.
For Boom, the key to enhancing global accessibility lies in supersonic travel — once it's mainstream, the new standard will be real. While Overture is still in its design phase, Boom aims to finalize the configuration and start building its first airliner while XB-1 is making supersonic contrails in the air, reads the press release. The first completed Overture aircraft will be completed in 2025, with initial service slated for 2029.