A startup called Boom Supersonic, based in the US, is designing a new supersonic jet that could become the commercial airliner of the future.
If it is done it could bring affordable sustainable flight, faster than the speed of sound (768 miles per hour), to the masses. They have raised a total of $150 million to bring the innovative idea to life.
Their aircraft is not held down by heavy aluminum, making Boom’s jet strong yet lightweight and has an airframe built using carbon fiber composites.
Furthermore, the startup is using computer simulators, rather than wind tunnels, for aerodynamic development. This allows testing, which would have previously taken months, to now take hours if not minutes. The loud, inefficient, and afterburning turbojets have been replaced by quiet, environmentally-conscious turbofans.
The startup has showed its potential already by unveiling their XB-1 model on October 7, 2020. They have also received preorders for their jets from airlines like Virgin Atlantic and Japan Airlines, who are enticed by the prospect of cutting flight times in half.