For the first time since Concorde stopped flying in 2003, the time has come for a new supersonic aircraft to take to the skies once again.
It's time to welcome supersonic travel once again
Colorado-based aerospace company, Boom, has been working on faster modes of air travel since its conception in 2014, which includes the return of supersonic planes.
For the first time since Concorde, a new supersonic civil aircraft will be unveiled. XB-1 rolls out this October. You're invited to see the event.— Boom Supersonic (@boomaero) July 8, 2020
XB-1, its upcoming supersonic non-commercial jet, is the world's first independently developed supersonic aircraft. Even though it won't be carrying any passengers, it marks a clear point in time where commercial viability for supersonic speed is back on the market.
"XB-1 is the first step in bringing supersonic travel back to the world. Flights at twice the speed mean we can travel twice as far, bringing more people, places, and cultures into our lives," said Boom's founder and CEO Blake Scholl.
XB-1 has been designed to gather learnings for Boom's future supersonic commercial jet, Overture, which plans to be the world's fastest commercial airliner to date. The plan is for Overture to transport people across the world in half the time it currently takes.
Using XB-1 to quickly learn about cost-savings, safety, and efficiency for Overture is what will directly pave the way to supersonic air travel, as per Boom's blog post.
Even though the plan is to build the fastest commercial jet on Earth, safety is primary for the company, as Scholl stated "Whenever we face a decision between safety and schedule, safety comes first. As a company, we’re cultivating a safety-first culture, and that’s something that will serve us well moving into the development of Overture."
Given the speeds XB-1, and ultimately Overture, plan on flying at, it's a relief to read Scholl's words. Not only will safety be securely in place, but Boom is also carrying the world's first 100% carbon-neutral flight test program with XB-1. A fast and environmentally-friendly way to travel — sounds pretty good to us!
On top of all of these wonderful attributes, the XB-1 simply looks fabulous. It's sleek, it's modern, and will help connect people and places with ease.
It has to be noted that Boom isn't the first or only company working on supersonic aircraft — NASA's X-59 supersonic jet, designed by Lockheed Martin, is planned to fly as of 2021 and will be much quieter than Concorde.