Boom is a new aerospace company located in Denver, Colorado that is dedicated to the premise of building a true cost-effective supersonic passenger jet. The 40 passenger Boom jet will fly faster than the Concorde for 25% of the ticket cost. In practical terms, a Boom flight from NYC to London will take less than half the time of a normal business class flight for the same amount of money. BTW, because of the advanced technology used to develop this jet the sonic boom will be significantly quieter than the Concorde. Visit their website and download their press kit for more detail.
They are accomplishing this achievement by integrating new technologies, superior software skills with off the shelf parts. This is not some Silicon Valley fantasy where investors put up crazy money and hope that it might become profitable…someday. Boom is currently building a 1/3 scale prototype which is scheduled to fly in late 2017.
Who are these guys?
Boom has assembled an all-star aerospace staff that has started 6 companies, contributed to over 30 new airplanes. Collectively, this group has taken multiple aircraft through FAA certification and includes pilots, aerospace and software engineers, many with entrepreneurial experience. How good are they? Collective aerospace experience includes work on the F-22, F-35, Boeing 787, the X-47A and many other high level projects. They have design and flight test experience up to Mach 3.
How will they do it?
The best way to explain it is to let them explain it. The following was excerpted from the Boom website: “This isn’t science fiction—it’s possible now with today’s aerodynamics, carbon fiber composites, and the latest engine technology.
At our hangar in Denver, we’re combining jet engines and carbon fiber, advanced design software and wind tunnel tests.
We’re building our prototype now—and will fly late next year. First test flights will occur at Centennial Airport, with supersonic testing near Edwards Air Force Base in California.” Is that slick or what.
OK, who is paying for this?
The Virgin Group has options on the first 10 aircraft and a European carrier has placed an LOI (letter of intent) for up to 15 aircraft. Boom also has funding from Y Combinator, Sam Altman, Seraph Group, Eight Partners, and other angels
Pacifico Airport Valet Parking is pleased to be able to bring you Philadelphia Airport Parking aviation technology tips and information updates. Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post.