Boom Supersonic and Rolls-Royce announced Thursday 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 opening by Boom. 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 foundations 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 keen interest in supersonic flight and aviation sustainability strategies with Boom"said Simon Carlisle, chief strategy officer at Rolls-Royce.
Its new supersonic aircraft, thee XB-1, is to be unveiled on October 7 for take-off expected in 2021. Virgin and Japan Airlines are the first customers with ten and twenty copies respectively.
Boom Supersonic has raised $ 100 million in 2019 to develop a commercial aircraft of 55 seats can fly to Mach 2.2, designated successor of the deceased Concorde. Several investment funds, as well as American technology groups such as Google, Airbnb and Dropbox, support the startup based in Denver (Colorado). Blake Scholl, founder of Boom Supersonic, a former Amazon employee, even assures us that his supersonic aircraft 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.
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