Boom Supersonic and Rolls-Royce on Thursday announced an engagement agreement to explore a Rolls-Royce propulsion system dedicated to Boom’s flagship supersonic passenger aircraft, Overture.
The purpose of the new agreement is to work together to identify the propulsion system for the Boom Overture. The teams will examine whether an existing engine architecture can be adapted for supersonic flight, while Boom’s in-house team continues to develop the airframe configuration. “We have had a series of valuable collaborations and co-locations with Rolls-Royce over the past few years allowing us to lay the groundwork for this next phase of development,” said Blake Scholl, Founder, and CEO of Boom.
Both companies recognize that supersonic passenger travel must be compatible with a zero-carbon future. Overcoming the technological challenges of supersonic flight offers a unique opportunity to accelerate innovation in a sustainable manner. “We share a strong interest in supersonic flight and aviation sustainability strategies with Boom,” said Simon Carlisle, strategy director at Rolls-Royce.
Its new supersonic aircraft, the XB-1, is due to be unveiled on October 7 for take-off expected in 2021. Virgin and Japan Airlines are the first customers with ten and twenty examples, respectively.
The Boom Supersonic company raised $ 100 million in 2019 to develop a 55-seat commercial aircraft that can fly at Mach 2.2, the designated successor to the late Concorde. Several investment funds, as well as American technology groups such as Google, Airbnb and Dropbox, are supporting the Denver, Colorado-based startup. Blake Scholl, founder of Boom Supersonic, a former Amazon employee, even assures us that his supersonic plane dubbed « Overture » will be the « first (of its kind) economically viable in the world ». As a reminder, the Concorde, commissioned in 1969, tragically ended its career in 2000, after an Air France aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Paris, killing 113 people.