Innovation-Gamechangers.com has spotted what may be a breakthrough in commercial supersonic aviation. Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson expects to test fly for the first time the prototype Baby Boom XB1 for his supersonic passenger jet by the end of this year. The Colorado based company that he backs Boom Supersonic has built the supersonic engines for its 1,687 mph XB1 demonstrator jet. And Branson’s space travel company Virgin Galactic is deeply involved in the project.
The first step in the process is launching the 2-seater XB1 to test the company’s supersonic technology. But Boom is also developing a 55 seat passenger jet that will cut the transatlantic flight time from NY to London in half – 3.5 hours.
The aircraft will have one business class seat on either side of the main aisle. Ticket prices are estimated at $2500 one way and commercial flights could start by 2025, according to information gathered by Innovation-Gamechangers.com .
It’s been 15 years since the supersonic Concorde crossed the Atlantic and Branson’s jet is designed to be its replacement. The sonic boom produced by the new SST would be at least 30 times less than the Concorde’s, which was riddled with high fuel consumption, escalating operating costs and underutilization.
Boom says the jetliner will fly at speeds of Mach 2.2 — 10% faster than the Concorde and that it will cruise at an altitude of 60,000 feet to cut travel time in half.
Learning from the Concorde, the team has utilized new composite materials, advanced aerodynamics and highly efficient engine technology to produce a jet that flies 2&1/2 times faster than current jets.
Japan Airlines and Branson’s space travel company Virgin Galactic will operate the aircraft which the company claims would well fit into 500 markets.
The prototype has been subjected to more than 1000 simulated wind tunnel tests.
It’s Innovation-Gamechangers.com vision of the future of supersonic air travel with innovation-gamechanger.com entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson behind it.
For more on this game-changing innovation, go to https://boomsupersonic.com and www.jal.co.jp/ For a related blog see our post Hypersonic Innovation on March 9