Supersonic travel isn’t just about getting to a destination faster. For the Boom team, the significance of supersonic runs deep. It encompasses a host of meaningful goals, including keeping families more connected and fostering deeper ties between communities and cultures.
What’s the inspiration behind these supersonic goals? Read on to learn what drives five engineers to build the supersonic future.
“Supersonic travel means pushing boundaries and accomplishing what was previously impossible. While I love to dive into the technical aspects, I am also inspired by the goal of reducing travel times to make the world more accessible and familiar. I hope that mainstream supersonic flight fosters better understanding and appreciation of our neighbors and the amazing planet that we all share.” — Aerodynamics Engineer Marshall Gusman
“What inspires me most about the return of supersonic flight is bringing people together and making the world a more connected place. As a kid with divorced parents, I remember flying Concorde in Flight Simulator from my mom’s house in Connecticut to my dad’s house in Florida. I was always frustrated by how much closer they felt in Flight Simulator than in real life.” — Michael Tuccio, Responsible Engineer, Hydraulic Systems, XB-1
“What we’re working to develop at Boom is as close to a time machine that we have at the moment. It’s inspiring to be able to come to work every day knowing that the result of your work, sacrifices and time will enable future generations to connect and explore the world.” — Chris Palazzolo Senior Flight Test Engineer
“Supersonic aircraft have their own particular appeal to me. In terms of impact, an increase in speed is arguably the most transformative improvement to the way we travel, making the world more accessible at the reduced cost of time. Short of practical teleportation, halving travel times over great distances will forever be a big deal.” — Greg Krauland, Chief Engineer for XB-1
“One of the things I’ve always desired in my life is to contribute to something that will truly change the world and improve humanity. I believe supersonic travel is one of those things. I think in 50 years we’ll look back at history and recognize that the re-advent of supersonic travel changed the world for the better.” — Jon Young, Fuel System Responsible Engineer for XB-1
Faster, more sustainable travel that benefits people and the planet is on the horizon. The work underway in Boom’s Denver hangar will culminate in the return of supersonic commercial travel within a decade.