Welcome to Up to Speed, a monthly recap of news from Boom Supersonic.
From significant program advances announced at the Paris Air Show to the release of Boom’s 2022 sustainability report, it was another busy month of milestones achieved at Boom.
At Paris Air Show alone, we signed structural supplier agreements with Aernnova for Overture’s wings, Leonardo for the fuselage and wing box, and Aciturri for the empennage; shared a comprehensive look at the systems configuration for Overture; unveiled Symphony’s engine architecture and our 3D-printed ⅓ scale design model; announced an expanded partnership with FTT to assemble the initial production units of Symphony for ground test, flight test, and certification; and welcomed Phil Condit at the show for the first time in 20 years.
Keep reading to dive deeper into our June updates.
8 Highlights from Boom’s 2022 Sustainability Report
Last year, in Boom’s first annual sustainability report, we outlined our strategy for reaching net zero carbon by 2025. This year, we’re excited to report on the concrete actions that are leading us to net zero. Read VP of Sustainability, Ben Murphy’s eight key highlights here.
Phil Condit Returns to Paris: Excited for the Future of Supersonic Flight
Phil Condit, former chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company and current Boom advisor, returned to the Paris Air Show last week for the first time in two decades. “With Boom’s progress on Overture and particularly on Symphony, supersonic excitement is back,” he said. We spoke to him about his early years working on Boeing’s supersonic program, SST, and why now is the right time for the return of supersonic travel. Read more here.
Boom Announces Significant Overture Program Advances at Paris Air Show
This month at the Paris Air Show, Boom announced signing structural supplier agreements with Aernnova for Overture’s wings, Leonardo for the fuselage and wing box, and Aciturri for the empennage. Boom also revealed Overture’s systems configuration, showing the next level of technical detail as the aircraft program progresses toward production. Read more here.
Symphony Engine Hits New Program Milestones at Paris Air Show
Additionally, we shared the engine architecture for Symphony and additional key specifications, while unveiling a 3D-printed ⅓ scale design model. The engine’s bespoke design is optimized for sustainable supersonic flight and is designed to deliver 25% more time on wing and provide 10% operating cost savings to airline customers.
Construction Underway on Overture Facilities
The Overture Superfactory, the final assembly line for Overture flight tests and customer delivery, is on pace for production launch in 2024 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Read more about Boom’s Overture Superfactory moving toward production here.
The Iron Bird, the facility housing a full-scale iron bird used to test and integrate flight components and systems, software, and hardware-in-the-loop, is being built in Centennial, Colorado. Learn more about the construction underway at Boom’s Iron Bird here.
Study: Corporate Travel Data Shows Demand for Supersonic
According to a recent survey of corporate travel influencers and travel agency policymakers that manage corporate air travel for businesses with heavy long-haul transoceanic travel, 95% are already having discussions around supersonic. Read more here.