Boom unveils XB-1 supersonic demonstrator
On the 15th of November 2016, Boom Technology unveiled the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, a subscale prototype of the Boom supersonic passenger airliner. On display for the first time at Boom's Hangar 14 at Centennial Airport, the XB-1, nicknamed "Baby Boom."
The XB-1 is claimed to be the world's fastest civil aircraft ever made, and it will demonstrate in flight the key technologies for affordable supersonic travel.
Blake Scholl, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Boom, claimed: "Concorde's designers didn't have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now we do. Today, we're proud to unveil our first aircraft as we look forward to first flight late next year."
First flight of the XB-1 is planned for late 2017. Subsonic flight test will be conducted east of Denver (USA) and the supersonic test flights will be conducted near Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California, in partnership with Virgin Galactic's The Spaceship Company. The XB-1 is a technically representative ⅓-scale version of the production Boom airliner.
Formerly of NASA, SpaceX and Boeing, Boom brought together the top minds in aviation to build its modern supersonic passenger airliner. The manufacturer said that the XB-1 can cruise at Mach 2.2 (1,451mph or 2,335 kph), Boom jets are claimed to be 10% faster than Concorde and 2.6 times faster than other airliners.
The product of over 1,000 simulated wind tunnel tests, Boom's tri-jet design features a refined delta wing, a gracefully tapered carbon fiber fuselage, and efficient turbofan jet engines. Compared to Concorde, the Boom design requires no afterburner for improving fuel economy.
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