The next Concorde: Aviation startup to test prototype of supersonic airliner

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Nearly 17 years after the Concorde's last flight, a U.S. aviation startup is about to test a prototype for the next supersonic commercial passenger jet.

Boom Supersonic will unveil its XB-1 prototype on October 7 and test flights will begin in 2021, the company said in a press release dated July 8.

Touted by the company as "history's fastest privately developed aircraft," the XB-1 will have only one pilot, a delta wing and a trijet layout.

The XB-1 is one-third the size of the Overture, the 55-seat supersonic airliner Boom hopes to build.

According to the company, the Overture will fly at Mach 2.2, more than twice the speed of sound. A flight from Tokyo to Seattle would take four-and-a-half hours.

Each aircraft will be priced at $200 million, and AP reports that Boom had secured preorders worth US$6 billion before the coronavirus pandemic.

Buyers include Virgin Group and Japan Airlines, which invested US$10 million in the company in 2017.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. XB-1 prototype
2. Overture passenger aircraft and flight from Tokyo to Seattle
3. Overture interior features 1-1 seating and oversized windows
4. Overture will use sustainable jet fuel and carbon offsets and its three engines will be quieter and cleaner than Concorde's

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Aviation startup Boom Supersonic will unveil its XB-1 prototype in October and test flights will begin in 2021."

"Touted by the company as 'history's fastest privately developed aircraft,' the XB-1 will have only one pilot, a delta wing and a trijet layout."

"The XB-1 is one-third the size of the Overture, the 55-seat supersonic airliner Boom hopes to build."

"According to the company, the Overture will fly at Mach 2.2, more than twice the speed of sound. A flight from Tokyo to Seattle would take four-and-a-half hours, instead of the usual eight-and-a-half hours for a regular non-stop flight."

"Renders show that, like Concorde, the Overture will feature a long, slim design and premium seating in a 1-1 configuration. Unlike Concorde, it will sport oversized passenger windows."

"Compared to Concorde, Boom claims its three medium-bypass engines will be quieter and cleaner, and won't require afterburners."

"TechCrunch reports that Boom will use sustainable jet fuel and carbon offsets to reduce the plane's carbon footprint."

SOURCES: TechCrunch, Boom Supersonic, Associated Press
https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/24/boom-says-its-supersonic-xb-1-aircraft-test-program-will-be-fully-carbon-neutral/
https://boomsupersonic.com/
https://boom-press-assets.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Boom_Rollout_Announcement.pdf
https://blog.boomsupersonic.com/what-is-a-demonstrator-aircraft-and-why-build-one-4de34e661723
https://www.9news.com.au/technology/aviation-news-boom-supersonic-2021-take-off/2594dc78-e1a4-4930-a763-ca62f31afa72