“Baby Boom” aims at becoming the fastest airplane designed for carrying passengers, thus defeating the fierce competition from other aerospace giants such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin known to develop their own supersonic spacecraft.
The XB-1 aircraft will reach a speed of Mach 2.2 ( 2,335 km/h), that’s 2.5 times faster than any current airliner and 10% faster than Concorde’s 2 Mach performance.
The Boom’s founder and CEO, Blake Scholl, a former pilot and Amazon manager, says that a flight from London to New York will take only 3 hours and 15 minutes, while nowadays an air travel time over same distance lasts twice as long.
The plane will have a special design that supports incredible speeds and will be made of carbon fiber. The project will be developed by the Denver-based Boom Technology in collaboration with engineers at The Spaceship Company, a division of Virgin Galactic, the company owned by British billionaire Richard Branson, who has already ordered 10 such aircraft, worth $2 billion.
But Branson is not the only customer. A European carrier has ordered 15 aircraft, but the company’s name was not made public.
Supersonic aircraft “Baby Boom” will carry only 45 passengers, significantly lesser than the 100 seats found on Concorde, which was withdrawn from the market several years ago.
The XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator’s tests will begin next year with the first commercial flight expected in 2023.
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