The XB-1 is supersonic, and aims to be the next generation of Concorde.
The company unveiled the prototype for a group of industry executives Aviation والفضاء.
The XB-1 will not make a flight until 2021 and is 71 feet long, and is a scaled-down version of the full production model.
The prototype has space for a pilot only, while the commercial ready-to-use version holds 44 passengers.
“Boom Supersonic” aims to start testing “XB-1” next year, and the company hopes that the aircraft will be ready to carry passengers by 2029.
It is expected to reach a speed of Mach 1.3 (1605 kilometers per hour), thanks to its three “J85-15” engines, which are manufactured by General Electric for military aircraft.
The company first unveiled the XB-1 designs in 2016, when it promised to begin flight tests by 2017 with the hope of carrying real passengers in 2020. But that schedule has been delayed for nearly a decade.
The startup claims its supersonic jets can fly from New York to London – a flight normally takes 7 hours – in just 3.5 hours.
The company faces many obstacles that must be overcome before it reaches that stage.
No supersonic commercial aircraft has been in operation since Concorde, built by the French airline “Aérospatiale” and “British Aircraft Corporation”, retired in 2003 after 27 years of service.
There are several factors that led to the suspension of the Concorde from work, including the plane that crashed in 2000 and the decision by Airbus to stop maintenance of the plane, as the Concorde was a heavy consumer of fuel and a loser of money for Airbus.
The “Boom Supersonic” is testing new technologies that can dampen the powerful sound that occurs when a supersonic plane breaks the sound barrier.
These strong voices prompted Congress to ban supersonic planes from flying over US soil in 1973.
In October 2018, President Trump signed a bill directing the Federal Aviation Administration to consider lifting the ban.
It is reported that NASA plans to test its prototype “X-59 QueSST” over major US cities in 2023.
Other startups, such as Aerion and Spike Aerospace, are designing aircraft that will cut long-haul flights in half.
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