It’s clear that we want to fly anywhere faster than ever, but we also want to do it without the negative carbon footprint. As a result, supersonic technology has been booming again in the last couple of years, with NASA determined to change current regulations so that supersonic flights are approved. The U.S. military is also planning to use rockets for delivering essential assets across the globe. The U.S. military is on it as well, planning to use rockets for delivering essential assets across the globe. But until then, it has another great solution – the Boom Overture airliner.
Boom Supersonic just got a $60 million boost from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) through its innovation branch, AFWERX. Officially known as the Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI), this contract is considered one of the program’s largest investments, proving that supersonic aviation is highly important for the U.S. military. A derivate of the Overture commercial airliner could be used by the Air Force for the fastest global transport and logistics, a strategic capability that’s essential for combat superiority.
According to the aviation company, this new funding will accelerate the airliner’s development, particularly for propulsion system development and wind tunnel testing. Boom wants to start manufacturing Overture next year and roll out the prototype by 2025. However, further testing and certification will still require several years, hoping that the first supersonic flights will begin by the end of this decade.
With a speed of Mach 1.7 and a range of 4,250 nautical miles (4,888 miles/7,866 km), Overture is the first supersonic airliner designed from the start to run entirely on SAF, making it 100% sustainable.