Boom Supersonic debuted a full-scale supersonic passenger jet prototype — designed to become the next-gen Concorde, according to the aviation startup's website.
Called the XB-1 demonstrator, the new prototype won't take to the skies until 2021, but Boom debuted the new vehicle to a group of aerospace and aviation executives at Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado.
Boom Supersonic debuted prototype supersonic commercial jet
The XB-1 is 71 ft (21.6 m) long, and is a scaled-down version of the forthcoming production model slated for passenger service during or after 2029. Today's prototype can only house the pilot, but the commercial version will hold up to 44 passengers, reports The Verge.
Tests for the XB-1 aircraft should begin next year. The demonstrator should reach speeds of Mach 1.3 — because of its triple J85-15 engines, which General Electric manufactures — typically for military aircraft.
Boom Supersonic catching up to schedule
However, Boom has fallen behind schedule. The aviation startup initially debuted renderings of its XB-1 in 2016 — when it said flight tests would start in 2017, with aims to fly real-life passengers on or during 2020. But since then, the timeline has been pushed back nearly a full decade.
If tests go well, Boom Supersonic will place its energy into developing its first commercial plane, called Overture. This plane will be 199 ft (60.6 m) long, ferry between 65 and 88 passengers, and fly at twice an average commercial jetliner's speed.
Boom says its supersonic jets will one day fly from New York to London — typically a 7-hour flight — in only 3.5 hours. Additionally, the trip from Los Angeles to Sydney — normally a trip taking 15 hours — could be completed in only 45 minutes. On the downside, tickets will cost $5,000 per seat.
This is developing news about Boom Supersonic's debut of its prototype commercial supersonic jet, the XB-1, so be sure to check-in with us for the latest updates.