Imagine yourself going to London from New York in the morning, attend a meeting, have lunch and come back again in New York and have dinner with your family on the same day. Sounds impossible, right? However, Boom founder and CEO Blake Schol doesn’t think like that. He thinks with the company’s supersonic jets, it could be a regular scenario within a few years.
Boom wants to revitalize the speed of the Concorde jet, its predecessor that zipped its passengers around the world in nearly no time at all. Concorde was extremely loud, used a queer amount of fuel was incredibly expensive ($10,400) for a single round trip between London and New York. However, Schol hopes his company could break these barriers and make a same-day round-trip between London and New York a reality.
“60 years after the dawn of the jet age we’re still living in the jet age. We haven’t improved travel for like half a century. It’s kind of embarrassing,” said Schol in an interview with Engadget. “Our phones are getting better, computers are getting better, and we’re about to get self-driving cars. Sure our airplanes have gotten safer and they’ve gotten more efficient, but they haven’t gotten any better at their basic job of making the world and easier place to access.”
Here’s why the Boom comes in. Schol claims they are going to make the supersonic travel a routine one. They are developing an aircraft more efficient than Concorde with the help of last 50 years of fundamental progress including aerodynamics, materials, and propulsion.
Fuel efficient and cheaper
Besides, Schol says they are going to use fuel more efficiently in Boom’s supersonic jets, avoiding Concorde’s mistake. Unlike its predecessor, Boom won’t use afterburners, which are loud and use 50 percent more fuel for 20 percent more thrust. Instead, the company will use a turbofan that is “significantly more fuel efficient and also quieter.” To make the jets more aerodynamic, they are going to use building materials that weigh less. Schol claims, all of these will make his plane more fuel efficient, as well as cheaper for regular travel.
The first passenger aircraft
The company has already done the design for their first passenger aircraft. It will be a 45-seated airplane that goes mach 2.2, means 2.2 times the speed of sound and 2.5 times faster than anything else out there today. However, don’t get excited now. The plane won’t be ready for a few more years, so you have to rely on those traditional planes for now. But, Boom intends a future where you can save an entire day instead of an hour while traveling.