Boom Supersonic released the lastest details on the design of its supersonic Overture airliner at the Farnborough International Airshow. “Today for the first time, Boom unveiled Overture’s refined design, combining a number of engineering innovations in aerodynamics, noise reduction, and performance,” the company said. Boom also announced the signing of an expanded agreement with Collins Aerospace for evaluation and development of the ice-protection system for the Overture program.
Collins will also help Boom assess air data system designs that meet Overture's field performance and range requirements. The two firms have worked together for several years on the program to improve propulsion system performance and minimize aircraft noise, as well as systems to facilitate Boom's plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions operation.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our collaboration with Collins to develop key components for Overture,” said Boom president Kathy Savitt. “This agreement leverages the deep expertise and scale of Collins as we ramp up for Overture production, and together we will work toward an aircraft that is fast, safe, and sustainable.”
The Overture is designed to carry 65 to 80 passengers and will fly at twice the speed of today's aircraft, running engines on 100 percent on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). To date, Boom claims an order book, including purchases and options from United Airlines and Japan Airlines, of 70 aircraft.
Boom's plans for the Overture involve rollout in 2025, flight tests in 2026, and first passenger flight in 2029. The aircraft will fly at Mach 1.7 over water, with a range of 4,250 nm.
The OEM is also working with the U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman on military and defense applications for the Overture, including special-mission applications. In addition to Collins Aerospace, suppliers assisting Boom on the Overture include Eaton, Safran Landing Systems, and Rolls-Royce.