Supersonic travel is not a new thing, it has been around for over 50 years, so why have we not seen more supersonic travel since Concorde stopped flying? This seems set to change with the advent of “Boom”, a state of the art aircraft built from composite materials that could see it consistently flying at Mach 2.2 (1451 mph), which is 2.6 times faster than any other aircraft servicing the public currently. The aerodynamic design should see this craft being super fast but also being affordable for the modern business class passenger. Where time is money, cutting your flight time in half, arriving without serious jet lag and able to fly to London from New York and back again in one day, “Boom” is likely to be very popular amongst international and long haul business and first class passengers.
“Boom” will have around 45 to 50 seats and there is the possibility of flying up to 500 routes. The prototype is set to have it’s first flight sometime next year. There will be a number of issues that “Boom” is set to face, such as environmental concerns, CO2 emissions as well as it’s impact on climate change. One of the greatest issues will be the reduction of the sonic boom caused by these types of aircraft when they pass through the sound barrier. The shockwaves cause a loud boom on the ground which can cause distress to people, birds, and animals. Noise factors for taking off and landing will also require a severe reduction from the previous supersonic craft. It will be interesting to see a prototype that can reach amazing speeds while still meeting or exceeding the environmental standards. To be cost effective, this craft also needs to look at ways of reducing fuel consumption while also reducing their carbon footprint.
In the meantime, we will just have to wait for supersonic jaunts to far off places on a long weekend, and perhaps start saving up for a ticket on board “Boom”sometime in the not so distant future.