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Supersonic Air Travel Takes Another Step Towards Independence
Boom Supersonic, a commercial aerospace company, unveiled the XB-1, a supersonic demonstrator, according to an Oct. 7 press release. XB-1 is the first independently developed supersonic jet.
Built with a carbon-composite airframe and standing 71-feet-long, the XB-1 is designed for the stress of a supersonic flight. It uses three J85-15 General Electric engines producing 12,000 pounds of thrust.
“Boom continues to make progress towards our founding mission—making the world dramatically more accessible,” Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO, said. “XB-1 is an important milestone towards the development of our commercial airliner, Overture, making sustainable supersonic flight mainstream and fostering human connection.”
XB-1 will be tested in a 100 percent carbon-neutral flight program and is expected to fly in 2021.
Boom is developing a supersonic commercial jet, Overture, which is expected to roll out in 2025. XB-1 will demonstrate technologies that will be used for Overture. The Denver, Colorado-based company expects to start flight testing the XB-1 next year.