Revolutionizing Air Travel: Boom Supersonic’s Milestones

Render of the Boom Supersonic Overture aircraft on a desert runway.
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Boom Supersonic has recently taken center stage with progressive developments in the Overture supersonic airliner, Symphony engine, and XB-1 supersonic demonstrator programs.

This article examines the latest progress made by Boom Supersonic, including significant milestones, strategic investments, and ambitious plans that are propelling the company towards a new era of supersonic commercial flight.

Funding Soars Beyond $700 Million Milestone

Boom Supersonic recently soared past a significant financial milestone, announcing the closure of an investment round that pushed its total funding to over $700 million.

This includes a strategic investment from the NEOM Investment Fund (NIF), the strategic investment arm of NEOM, a sustainable regional development in northwest Saudi Arabia.

This infusion of capital highlights the confidence investors have in the supersonic transport vision and the potential of its projects.


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The Gulf Region and Supersonic Flight

The strategic alliance between the aircraft manufacturer and the NEOM Investment Fund holds immense promise.

With a shared vision to make the Gulf region more accessible through the power of supersonic flight, the collaboration aims to redefine air travel dynamics.

This strategic partnership not only underscores Boom’s global reach but also emphasizes the transformative impact of supersonic flight on regional connectivity.

XB-1: Aiming for the Skies in 2023

Boom Supersonic’s XB-1, the supersonic demonstrator aircraft, is gearing up for its historic first flight, scheduled later this year at the Mojave Air & Space Port.

Having received its airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), XB-1 has successfully completed various integrated tests, showcasing its readiness for the skies.

The upcoming high-speed taxi testing marks a crucial step toward the realization of supersonic travel.

BOOM Supersonic Readies The XB-1 For Flight Testing
XB-1 Demonstrator.

Symphony Propulsion System

Symphony™ is the propulsion system that will power Overture, a Boom-developed engine with world-class suppliers including Florida Turbine Technologies (FTT), a business unit of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., GE Additive, and StandardAero.

Symphony is a purpose-built propulsion system for sustainable and economical supersonic flight, reached a significant milestone in 2023—the Conceptual Design Review (CoDR).

This achievement sets the stage for Symphony’s hardware rig tests planned for 2024, emphasizing the company’s commitment to cutting-edge engineering and environmentally conscious aviation.

Overture Superfactory: Ahead of Schedule

The construction of the Overture Superfactory at the Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, is progressing at an impressive pace.

With the completion of the building’s frame, decking, concrete flooring, and metal side wall panels, Boom Supersonic is ahead of its original schedule.

The Overture Superfactory, expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2024, signifies a critical step in the production of the world’s fastest airliner.

Boom Supersonic Overture assembly factory under construction.

About Boom Supersonic

The company aims to transform air travel with Overture, the world’s fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability.

Overture will fly at twice the speed of today’s airliners and is optimized to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Overture’s order book stands at 130 aircraft, including orders and pre-orders from American Airlines, United Airlines, and Japan Airlines.

Boom is also working with Northrop Grumman for government and defense applications of Overture.

Suppliers and partners collaborating with Boom on the Overture program include Aernnova, Leonardo, Aciturri, Safran Landing Systems, Eaton, Collins Aerospace, and the United States Air Force.

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