The company plans to build its Mach 1.7 Overture business jet at a new North Carolina facility.
The grant will fast-track development of Boom’s Overture, as the jetmaker foresees multiple supersonic missions for the Air Force.
The Hermeus jet has a projected top speed of Mach 5.5—or 4,219 mph—making it the fastest reusable jet on the planet.
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.