Boom Airlines Wants to Make Supersonic Travel a Reality

March 22, 2017

12:50 pm

Consumers could be closer to cruising in a plane at Mach 2.2 (1,451 mph) to their favorite destination in half the time. Today, Denver-based Boom, the supersonic aircraft company, announced its $33 million Series A round, bringing their total funding to $41 million. Participants in the syndicate funding round include 8VC, Caffeinated Capital, Palm Drive Ventures, RRE Ventures, and Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund.

The funding will help Boom finish development and fabrication of the XB-1 demonstrator and flight testing of the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, a ⅓-scale prototype of the Boom’s supersonic passenger airliner. The XB-1 will demonstrate the key technologies enabling affordable supersonic travel, including aerodynamics, materials, and high-efficiency supersonic intakes.

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If they get this right, the Boom airliner will be the fastest civil airplane ever made and first independently-developed supersonic jet. Meaning, at some point you could travel from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia in under seven hours.

Back in November, the company unveiled it’s XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator. Their mission is to offer passengers who would normally purchase business/first class tickets on a commercial airliner an option to cut down flight time while maintaining a premium in-flight service. In the initial aircraft each passenger would have a business class-like seats with one spacious seat on each side of the aisle, a large window, a personal overhead bin, and direct aisle access.

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Sir Richard Branson, an aerospace and high-speed travel innovator and founder of Virgin Galactic, has partnered with Boom to help support production among other services for this innovative idea.

“Our mission is to make supersonic flight a reality,” said Blake Scholl, CEO and founder of Boom. “With this new capital, we are closer than ever to the first flight of our XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator in about a year.”

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, was the former Chief Editor of AZ Tech Beat and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She's a veteran to CES and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to sport tech and funding.

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