Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom, is ambitious and optimistic. “XB-1 is the first step in bringing supersonic travel back to the world,” he says. Double speed flights will make us travel twice as far. Supersonic airliners bring more people, places and cultures into our lives ”. Consider XB-1 as the dress rehearsal to collect the insights that will flow into Boom's future supersonic commercial jet, Overture , which plans to be the fastest commercial aircraft in the world to date. The plan calls for Overture to transport people around the world in half the time it currently takes. Are you sure there will be no military developments? The fastest military aircraft in the world, on the other hand, the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird”, was traveling at 3.530 km / h.
Without forgetting safety
We all know how the latest commercial supersonic plane project ended: yesterday's future saw people go from London to New York in less time than today, but something went wrong. We saw some fast planes, then, but no longer like this after that terrible accident. The Concorde disaster is still in our memory. A tragedy. Therefore, even if the plan is to build the fastest commercial jet on Earth, safety is paramount for the company.
In the beginning it was the Concorde
The epic of the Concorde plane is known to all: a technical prodigy that was perhaps too advanced for its time. Concorde planes, among the top 10 fastest aircraft in the world, offered supersonic flight taking people from one side of the Atlantic to the other in a matter of hours. And on balance they did not show many security holes, but the ones that were there were enough to declare their end. The last flight of the Concorde, 17 years ago, was just the end point of a descent that began some time ago.
“Whenever we face a decision, between safety and development, safety comes first. As a company, we are cultivating a new culture of safety, and this is something that will help us move in the development of Overture ”. Given the speeds of XB-1 and those expected for Overture (from New York to London in 3 hours), it is a relief to read these words.
Not only will safety be put in place safely, but with XB-1 Boom it is already planning zero-emission flight programs: non-consuming and non-polluting aircraft engines? Sounds good, but let me tell you that this is at least premature at this stage of development.
Either way it's a great looking aircraft, nicer even than the concorde, and I can't wait to actually see it around (waiting for the Saber, which really promises havoc, hopefully not literal).
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.