Futuristic Mach-1 jets promise to make current air travel obsolete. But can supersonic’s technical challenges keep up with its lofty goals?
The airline plans to buy the Overture jets from Boom Supersonic to make its fleet faster and more sustainable.
Aerion said that it could not raise enough capital to fund production of its new AS2 supersonic business jet.
That will show how well “boomless”—aka zero sonic boom—technology works at sound-barrier-breaking speeds.
The spaceship company enters the supersonic race with a jet that can carry up to 19 passengers.
The Boom XB-1 is not a prototype of the airliner-sized Overture, but it will perform testing of components that may be critical to the larger jet’s success.
Aerion’s AS2 is designed to cruise at more than 1,000 mph, but it could also become the most environmentally friendly business jet in its class.
Boom Supersonic announced that its XB-1 test program will use sustainable aviation fuels and carbon offsetting to achieve carbon neutrality.
Boom Supersonic is going all in on its Mach 2.2 supersonic airliner and plans to have a small-scale prototype flying this year.