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Aerospace Company to Debut its Supersonic Jet in October

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Boom Supersonic will host a global virtual event on Oct. 7 to debut its XB-1 demonstrator, which the firm claims is “history’s first independently developed supersonic jet and the fastest civil aircraft ever built.” During the event, the company will demonstrate key technologies in Overture, Boom’s commercial airliner.

Denver-based Boom said the technologies in XB-1 include advanced carbon fiber composite construction, computer-optimized high-efficiency aerodynamics and an efficient supersonic propulsion system. XB-1 is the result of years of development effort, including multiple wind tunnel tests, dozens of structural tests, hundreds of simulation iterations and tens of thousands of work hours.

“Our experiences in the COVID-19 pandemic underscore for all of us the fundamental human need for personal connection,” said Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO. “Faster travel enables us to experience the world’s people, cultures and places, and XB-1 is the first step in bringing supersonic back to the world.”

Boom is ensuring the supersonic future is safe as well as environmentally and economically sustainable, Scholl said. For example, the company said XB-1 is the first aircraft program to announce a 100% carbon-neutral flight test program.

During the virtual event, Boom’s lead engineers, test pilots and leadership team will highlight the technical and design innovations, flight and handling criteria and explain how the demonstrator positions the company’s flagship, Overture, for commercial use. XB-1 will begin its test program later this year and is slated for first flight in 2021.

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