With the advent of technology, traveling is becoming faster and safer. If we pay attention to the word faster more, we enter into the realm of supersonic and hypersonic jets. These are always a dream for transcontinental journeys. But now with the introduction of a new jet to this class, we are one step closer to reality.
This is because of the new jet from Boom, a Startup based in Colorado. Also called as "Baby Boom", XB-1 is the new addition to the supersonic class and will soon become the fastest and the highest flying jet.
What is special about it?
With a funding of $41 million, XB-1 is the supersonic jet that is going to break all the speed records. This is validated by the 1000+ wind tunnel tests done that stimulate real flight. It will fly about 60,000 feet high and at a breathtaking speed of 2335 km/h.
The production of this jet makes it stand out from the rest. The company Boom tells all the magic lies in 3 key areas. They are:
- A taper near the end
- A chine (typically a wing extension) up to the nose increases lift and decreases takeoff speeds
- Multiple wings ensures quiet and smooth operation
- Usage of carbon composites provides a light and strong structure
- Resin-infused carbon fabrics layer provides protection from lightning
- Compaction of all the layers closely for better design
- Powered by three General Electric J85-21 turbojet engines which are very powerful
- Two supersonic intakes generates more power
- A Propulsion flow path to silence shockwaves of Mach 2.2 air
With the magical design and optimized structure, XB-1 has the potential the company promised.
The objectives of Boom using its XB-1 are as follows,
- First Non-stop flight between Los Angeles (LA) and Sydney
- Make the 15-hour journey into a swift over 6-hour one
- A 45 seater jet with each seat costing a whopping $6,600
- Making XB-1 available for the 500 routes worldwide present
- Achieving the top speed of 1,451 miles per hour and a maximum altitude of 60,000 feet
What to expect?
All the figures mentioned above are too good to be true, at least for this year. This technology may have huge potential but this may not come into reality until few years. And if you are enthusiastic enough to hop on it, the price is too high for a single journey. This may be a deal breaker for many but if it is aimed at the top class, it won't be a problem for the ambitious startup.
With the infamous Concorde that is out of the picture, chances are high that XB-1 may end up like that. But with the advanced design and innovative production techniques, XB-1 may triumph against all odds. But what's more interesting is the acceptance of major transportation companies. Will they trust a startup with huge investment after the Concorde failure? Let us wait and see.