Text: Martin Fabula | Photo: Boom Technology
Boom Technology, the star-up company based in Denver plans to bring a new Concorde to the world. Recently it has introduced its XB-1 aircraft with a nickname „Baby Boom“. It is a one-third size of the future full scale aircraft with two seats able to pass twice the speed of sound. The XB-1 will test all technologies that will lead into production of 45-seter Boom.
„60 years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds,” said Blake Scholl, the chief executive officer and founder of Boom. “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.”
The company Boom plans the first flight of Baby Boom for late 2017. The subsonic test flight will take place at Edwards Air Force Base near Denver in Southern California.
The company works closely also with Virgin Galactic’s, the spaceship company.“ I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” said Richard Branson, Virgin boss. “Virgin Galactic’s decision to work with Boom was an easy one.
“We’re excited to have an option on Boom’s first ten airframes. Through Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing arm, The Spaceship Company, we will provide engineering and manufacturing services, along with flight test support and operations as part of our shared ambitions.”
The XB-1 will be powered by General Electric engines J85-21, Honeywell avionics, with carbon fibre composite structures fabricated by Blue Force. The big Boom shall take airborne in 2020.
XB-1 „Baby Boom“ Specification
Crew Two (pilot + optional flight test engineer or passenger) Length 68ft Wingspan 17ft Maximum Takeoff Weight 13,500lb Powerplant 3 x General Electric J85-21, non-afterburning; proprietary variable-geometry intake and exhaust Aerodynamics Chine, refined delta wing with swept trailing edge Cruise speed Mach 2.2 Range 1,000nm
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