Boom Technology unveils XB-1 supersonic demonstrator

Boom Technology has unveiled Baby Boom, the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, a sub-scale prototype of the Boom supersonic passenger airliner, the company said.

The XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator will fly with hardware from General Electric (engines), Honeywell (avionics), Tencate (carbon fiber), with composite structures fabricated by Blue Force. Final assembly and vehicle integration are taking place in Boom´s facility at Centennial Airport. The aircraft is designed to offer affordable supersonic travel.

Cruising at Mach 2.2 (1,451 mph), the company said Boom jets are 10 percent faster than Concorde and 2.6 times faster than other airliners.

The first flight of the XB-1 is planned for late 2017. Subsonic flight test will be conducted east of Denver; supersonic test flights will be conducted near Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California, in partnership with Virgin Galactic´s The Spaceship Company.