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Boom reveals new four-engine supersonic Overture design

Announces landmark market-expanding alliance with Northrop Grumman and new Tier One suppliers



Boom Supersonic, the company building the world's fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability, has presented the refined design of Overture and also announced a new partnering agreement with Northrop Grumman to develop special mission variants of the aircraft.

Carrying 65–80 passengers at twice the speed of today’s airliners and running on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Overture will fly Mach 1.7 over water with a range of 4,250 nautical miles.

Boom reveals new four-engine supersonic Overture design

The Overture reveal at the Farnborough International Airshow this week is the culmination of 26 million core-hours of simulated software designs, five wind tunnel tests, and the careful evaluation of 51 full design iterations, resulting in an economically and environmentally sustainable supersonic airliner.

“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,” 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.”

With this updated configuration, Boom combines a number of engineering innovations in aerodynamics, noise reduction, and overall performance.

Key Features:


Boom reveals new four-engine supersonic Overture design


Cruise speed Mach 1.7 supersonic, Mach 0.94 subsonic
Range 4,250nm with full payload
Passengers 65–80
Exterior Dimensions Length: 201 feet, Wingspan: 106 feet, Height: 36 feet
Interior Dimensions 79 feet long, up to 6.5 feet height at aisle
Airframe Composite fuselage, wing, vertical, and horizontal
Wing Gull with digital leading and trailing edge flap control
Flight controls 4x redundant digital fly-by-wire on 2 LRUs
Powerplant 4x medium-bypass 100% SAF-compatible turbofan
Airport Community noise ICAO Chapter 14 / FAA Stage 5


Boom reveals new four-engine supersonic Overture design

Additionally, the company announced today that it will begin outfitting The Iron Bird, a new 70,000-square-foot hardware ground test facility in Centennial, Colorado to house its first full-scale Overture testing model and flight deck simulators. The test model, also called an iron bird, will be used for integrating Overture’s flight hardware, software, and systems. Earlier this year, Boom announced its selection of the Piedmont Triad area for its first Overture Superfactory and remains on track to begin production in 2024.

Boom signs partnering agreement with Northrop Grumman

Boom Supersonic also announced a landmark partnering agreement with Northrop Grumman to develop special mission variants for the US Government and its allies.

“Time is a strategic advantage in high consequence scenarios, from emergency evacuations to disaster response,” said Scholl. “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.”

Together, the two companies will pursue new use cases for Overture to support government and military operations that require rapid response, including quick-reaction surveillance and reconnaissance, command and control, as well as mobility and logistics missions such as emergency medical and troop transport.

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

Collins Aerospace, Eaton, and Safran Landing Systems join Overture program

As it continues to build the supply chain for Overture, Boom announced new and expanded relationships. Collins Aerospace, Eaton, and Safran Landing Systems are joining the Overture program, supplying key systems such as landing gear, fuel and inerting, air data, and ice protection.

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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 21st July 2022 | Issue #663


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