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  • Joe Breitfeller

Boom Supersonic Reveals Updated Overture Design, Adds Tier One Suppliers

This week at the Farnborough International Airshow, Boom Supersonic unveiled a new Overture design validated through wind tunnel tests. The company also announced a market-expanding alliance with Northrop Grumman and the addition of top tier suppliers.


Unite Airlines Boom Supersonic Overture Rendering - Courtesy Boom Supersonic

On Tuesday (July 19, 2022), from the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, Boom Supersonic unveiled a refined and updated Overture design, which has been validated via wind tunnel tests. The company also announced a landmark market-expanding alliance with Northrop Grumman to develop special mission Overture variants, as well as the addition of a number of tier one suppliers including Collins Aerospace, Safran Landing Systems and Eaton, who will supply key systems such as landing gear, fuel and inerting systems, air data and ice protection.


The Boom Overture is being designed to carry 65-80 passengers up to Mach 1.7 with a range of 4,250 nautical miles, running on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The aircraft’s updated design is the culmination of 26 million core-hours of simulated software designs, five wind tunnel tests, and a careful review of 51 full design iterations.


In Tuesday’s announcment, Boom Supersonic’s Founder and CEO, Blake Scholl, said,


“Aviation has not seen a giant leap in decades. Overture is revolutionary in its design, and it will fundamentally change how we think about distance. With more than 600 routes across the globe, Overture will make the world dramatically more accessible for tens of millions of passengers.”

As part of the latest design, Overture will feature four powerful wing-mounted engines that will allow the aircraft to travel at Mach 1.7 over water and nearly Mach 1.0 over land. The four engine configuration has also been designed to reduce that aircraft’s noise footprint. For takeoff, Overture will use the world’s first automated noise reduction system, and will also fly without afterburners, thereby achieving the same strict regulatory noise levels as the latest subsonic airliners. Overture also features a contoured fuselage to minimize drag and maximize fuel efficiency, as well as gull wings sculpted to enhance performance and handling, while ensuring safety and stability at any speed. The aircraft will primarily be constructed with carbon composite materials which are lighter, stronger and thermally more stable than traditional metal construction.


The Latest Design Renderings of Boom Supersonic's Overture - Courtesy Book Supersonic


Rendering of Overture Superfactory Which Will be Located in North Carolina - Courtesy Boom Supersonic

Boom also announced on Tuesday (July 19, 2022),that it will begin outfitting ‘The Iron Bird’, a new 70,000 square foot hardware ground test facility in Centennial Colorado, which will house the first full-scale Overture test model, also called Iron Bird, and flight deck simulators. As previously mentioned, Boom has also partnered with Northrop Grumman to develop special mission variants of Overture for the U.S. Government and allies.


Speaking on the new collaboration, Boom’s Founder and CEO, Blake Scholl, said,


“Time is a strategic advantage in high consequence scenarios, from emergency evacuations to disaster response. This collaboration between Boom and Northrop Grumman unlocks the potential for Overture to provide the US and our allies with an unmatched high speed capability when and where it’s most needed.”


Also commenting on the new partnership, Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems’ President, Tom Jones, added,


“Pairing Northrop Grumman’s airborne defense systems integration expertise with Boom’s state-of-the-art Overture supersonic aircraft makes perfect sense. Together we can ensure military variants of Overture are tailored for missions where advanced system capabilities and speed are critical.”


Rendering of Boom Overture in Flight - Courtesy Boom Supersonic


\Colorado (U.S) – based Boom Supersonic is currently developing a 65-80 passenger supersonic jet that will fly twice as fast as today’s airliners, while operating on 100 percent SAF. The Boom Overture’s commercial orderbook, including options, currently stands at 70 aircraft with conditional commitments from Japan Airlines and United Airlines. The company is also working with the USAF and Northrop Grumman for potential military and defense applications of Overture. Suppliers include Collins Aerospace, Eaton, Safran Landing Systems, and Rolls Royce. Designed and built in the U.S., the Boom Overture is scheduled to enter production in 2024, roll out in 2025, begin flight testing in 2026, and enter revenue passenger service in 2029.



Source: Boom Supersonic