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BOOM! The next SST airliner?

26 November 2017

Boom Technology Inc. has launched an exciting and innovative endeavor to manufacture ocean crossing supersonic airliners. Innovation obviously with utilizing modern technology of carbon fiber composites, jet engine power and computer designing for economy of development as well as dampening the sonic boom effect felt on the ground. Also, innovation in the business niche of conventional business class pricing. Here the idea is that those of us who can pay for a business class seat would pay for one of the 55 seats on a Boom SST to get there at Mach 2.2 (~1450 mph) as opposed to Mach 0.85 (about 2,6x more quickly). 2018 will be an interesting year!

Before the Boom SST airliner is but there will be the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator (i.e., the “Baby Boom”). It is set to fly in 2018 and is a one-third scale aircraft. In fact, when flown, it will be the first independently developed supersonic jet as well as the fastest civil aircraft.

XB-1 artist interpretation—Boom image

XB-1 artist interpretation—Boom image

XB-1 artist interpretation—Boom image

Boom SST seating is intriguing with a single aisle and two seats per row with generous leg room. The promise: Fly JFK to Heathrow in 3:15 hours for $2500! Most routes are projected to be over water due to noise restrictions which BTI opines are antiquated in consideration of today’s noise control technology.

The design uses three engines for reduced takeoff noise as well as ETOPS considerations. Like the SR-71 intakes the Boom aircraft designs also incorporate variable geometry inlets to position the incoming shock wave.

Boom SST concept—Boom image

Boom SST concept showing the triple engine arrangement—Boom image

Boom SST passenger cabin concept with everyone having a window/aisle seat combination—Boom image

Boom SST passenger cabin concept where comfort is a primary design consideration, this is not economy class—Boom image

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 November 2017 01:10

    Interesting concept, but I cannot imagine needing to get somewhere that fast, considering the cost. IMHO, that design will remain on paper.

    • 26 November 2017 01:12

      I should have said the cost return for the time saved does not make economic sense.

      • travelforaircraft permalink*
        26 November 2017 11:07

        It might be sensible if using someone else’s money 😉 If BTI can meet the same price point as subsonic business class, as they opine, then they could make a go of it, wouldn’t you agree? Considering all the mega yachts I see here in Miami I can’t imagine the rich not thinking their time is worth a lot of money. Or just be in a rush to get to dinner across the ocean. Other than the foregoing I entirely agree with you. Still, I’d go for a ride at Mach 2+ but not that makes economic sense, to underscore your point 😉

  2. 27 November 2017 01:18

    If I want to go that high, that fast, at that expense, I would book a ride with one of the Russian super jet fighters. Ride to the edge of the stratosphere, high enough to probably get Astronaut or Cosmonaut wings, then throw in a few high-G aerobatics on the way down.

    On top of that, get some stick time in your log book, since Ivan is a flight instructor as well.

    What’s not to like, and you don’t have to wait for the prototype to be FAA/CAA certified?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      27 November 2017 21:33

      I admire your thinking process 🙂

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