Supersonic aviation takes a big step forward as engine maker signs deal with Boom in the US

AVIATION startup Boom Supersonic plans to develop an engine for its supersonic Overture jet that will halve the average travel time in the air.

The engine is being developed and manufactured alongside a unit from Kratos Defense and Security Solutions after Boom was rejected by several legacy engine manufacturers.

Boom Supersonic's Overture Jet in combat


Boom Supersonic’s Overture Jet in combatCredit: AP
Bird's eye view of a boom supersonic Overture jet


Bird’s eye view of a boom supersonic Overture jetCredit: Boom Supersonic

These legacy manufacturers included General Electric, Safran, Rolls-Royce, and Honeywell International, Reuters reports.

The Overture jet will have between 65 and 88 seats and will initially be offered at business class rates.

Accordingly, an average commercial aircraft currently has 138 seats car route.

Boom plans to fly 600 supersonic routes worldwide and prioritizes eco-friendly travel.

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The Denver-based flight startup is aiming for zero-carbon travel by 2025 through assets like sustainable aviation fuel.

Boom had previously partnered with Air Company, which will provide 5 million gallons of SAF annually during the Overture flight test program in North Carolina.

That fueling is particularly important because it’s difficult for a supersonic aircraft to achieve fuel efficiency due to its increased takeoff weight per passenger, he says NASA.

Boom is also trying to solve noise problems associated with supersonic flight.

Noise from sonic booms is obnoxious and can even damage the hearing of people on the ground, according to NASA.

A sonic boom is a loud noise that occurs when an airplane flies faster than the speed of sound.

boom said: “We are designing Overture to meet or exceed all current and anticipated noise regulations to mitigate the impact of noise in the community and will only fly over water at supersonic speeds to avoid sonic boom impacts over land.

“We support the development of global environmental standards for supersonic aircraft [the] International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).”

Boom also signed purchase deals with American Airlines and United Airlines earlier this year.

Boom's Overture jet will seat up to 88 passengers on initial flights


Boom’s Overture jet will seat up to 88 passengers on initial flightsCredit: Boom Supersonic Supersonic aviation takes a big step forward as engine maker signs deal with Boom in the US

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