The Overture, touted to be the “world’s fastest airliner,” has gotten its new and improved design was unveiled last July 19. All thanks to the efforts of Boom Supersonic, an aerospace business based in Colorado, this latest design is enhanced for speed, safety, and sustainability – which now competes with the airline industry’s future.
Boom Supersonic’s new Overture airliner will fly at twice the speed of today’s subsonic commercial jets and will likely carry its first passengers by 2029.
It took 26 million core hours of simulated software designs, five wind tunnel tests, and a thorough review of 51 entire design iterations before the plan for the new version of Overture was finalized. It will go into production in 2024, and its design parts have been meticulously developed for maximum performance at supersonic speeds.
☑️ 26 million core-hours of simulated software designs
☑️ 5 wind tunnel tests
☑️ 51 full design iterations
Meet Overture — optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability. https://t.co/dcfpzb6F6h pic.twitter.com/4R1H85OPXm
— Boom Supersonic (@boomaero) July 25, 2022
With two planned engines, this supersonic airplane measures 205 feet in length and has four strong engines installed on its wings. Additionally, the design incorporates a gull-wing with a more significant aspect ratio, an enormous wingspan, and a curved fuselage that is wider in the front and narrower towards the back of the aircraft. All the modifications are intended to improve the supersonic performance while enhancing the transonic handling to guarantee the vehicle’s stability at any speed.
Overture's gull wings allow air to flow smoothly over and around the aircraft. The angular compound modified delta planform takes full advantage of natural fluid dynamics to enhance supersonic performance while sustaining sub- and transonic efficiency. https://t.co/slbwIyDJ50 pic.twitter.com/tHspuRKEP4
— Boom Supersonic (@boomaero) July 21, 2022
“Aviation has not seen a giant leap in decades. Overture is revolutionary in its design and will fundamentally change how we think about distance,” said Boom Founder and CEO Blake Scholl. “With more than 600 routes across the globe, Overture will make the world dramatically more accessible for tens of millions of passengers.”
In line with this, the new Overture will have the capacity to carry between 65 and 80 passengers. The aircraft’s maximum range is 4,250 nautical miles, and it can cruise at Mach 1.7 (2099.16 km per hour) over water and Mach 1 (1234.8 km per hour) on land. The plane will have a cruising altitude of 60,000 feet, and it will be able to run on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with no mixes or additives. Moreover, according to the report, the aircraft operations will produce zero net emissions.
The Overture was developed to ensure high performance while satisfying demanding security and standard criteria. According to the company, they are combining the existing legislation and the industry’s expectations while progressing the sector in all aspects, from the supply chain to the manufacturing needs and the safety standards.
Because it can fly twice as many of the more than 600 ideal routes in a day, the Overture will be the most profitable new addition to the fleets of commercial airlines worldwide.
Overture Collaboration and Investments
Boom Supersonic announced during the Farnborough International Airshow that it has entered into a ground-breaking partnership arrangement with Northrop Grumman to create “special mission variants” for the US Government and its alliances.
The two companies will work together to explore new applications for Overture that can facilitate the assistance of government and military initiatives that necessitate a prompt response. These applications could include quick-reaction surveillance and reconnaissance, command and control, and perhaps even mobility and logistics operations such as emergency medical and troop transport.
The aerospace business company has also announced new and expanded ties as it moves forward with the construction of the supply chain for Overture. Collins Aerospace, Eaton, and Safran Landing Systems have decided to participate in the Overture program. These companies will offer essential components for the aircraft, including landing gear, fuel and inerting, avionics, and ice protection.
In a statement, Tom Jones, president of Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems, said that “Pairing Northrop Grumman’s airborne defense systems integration expertise with Boom’s state-of-the-art Overture supersonic aircraft makes perfect sense,” Jones also claimed that “Together we can ensure military variants of Overture are tailored for missions where advanced system capabilities and speed are critical.”
United Airlines placed an order for 15 of these supersonic jets in January. If all goes according to plan, the trip from New York to London will take only three and a half hours. Also, Japan Airlines made a 10-million-dollar investment in Boom in 2017 and now has the option to buy up to 20 jets from Boom.
Boom Supersonic New Facility
Boom will also start constructing its Iron Bird facility in Centennial, Colorado, where it will develop its first comprehensive testing model of Overture. The systems integration labs (SIL), including the iron bird test model and fully functional flight deck simulators, will be located in the new facility Boom is building. The length of the iron bird will be roughly 200 feet, and its width will be approximately 100 feet. It will be a steel skeleton construction in the general shape of an airplane.
The iron bird will be utilized in testing and integrating the aircraft components and systems, software, and hardware-in-the-loop for Overture. In addition, the Iron Bird building emphasizes safety by providing an opportunity to validate and certify all essential systems in advance of aircraft production in 2024 at the Overture Superfactory in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Overture Superfactory will be a cutting-edge manufacturing facility that will house the company’s final assembly line, testing facility, and customer delivery center.