Boom

Supersonic passenger jet - NYC⇒LDN in 3½ hours

#3 Product of the DayMarch 21, 2016
Discussion
Would you recommend this product?
No reviews yet
Finally a successor to the Concorde. I am just not sure about the name. Is 💥 really a good name for a ✈︎?
Upvote (63)Share
@andreasklinger It is if it makes a sonic-boom...
@andreasklinger agreed. I'm not getting on any plane with that name.
I hope this is paired with a supersonic airport checkin transition... feel like thats where most of the time is spent ha
Upvote (28)Share
@bentossell We're starting with long haul international flights, because that's where supersonics make the biggest difference. But, there's tons of innovation to be done in all aspects of air travel. Especially airports/airport security.
Hi - I'm Blake, Founder/CEO at Boom. After watching no tangible progress in supersonics since Concorde was shut down, I started Boom because I want supersonic flight in our lifetime. Not just as a private jet, but something most anyone can afford to fly. I'll be around for the next hour and will answer as many questions as I can. [EDIT: Done now]
Upvote (15)Share
Clearly they should fire the entire marketing team for calling anything you want people to get into "Boom". Love to see who buys a ticket to fly on a plane called boom so I can scare them all the way up till take off with all kinds of explosion gifs.
Upvote (12)Share
@coolbearcjs At least it doesn't look like Poopie, http://www.fastcodesign.com/3051...
Go figure this would be started by internet folks. Key in on the details. Concorde only survived because of subsidies. Fuel is freaking expensive. The fuel costs go up very high. Sonic booms can shatter windows and that's why supersonic planes are only allowed to do their sonic booms over the ocean. This is a 10-20% improvement in speed and no airline in their right mind would purchase it. Commercial Jets go 0.7-0.8 Mach. A supersonic jet is Mach 1. (the speed of sound - keeping in mind this changes with temperature. The founders of this company are not AEs or mechanical engineers. Edit: I stand corrected. One of the founders IS in fact an AE.
@datarade Wow, lots to comment on here. First off, we're talking a 2.6X improvement in speed, not 20%. Boom airplane cruises at Mach 2.2. I'm really proud of the team—today we are 11 engineers, 9 who have made meaningful contributions to FAA-certified aircraft, 4 who have worked on supersonics before. Our engine guy owned front half of the engine in the Joint Strike Fighter. Our aerodynamics lead previously led supersonic aero at Gulfstream. Systems lead worked on SpaceShipTwo flight dynamics up to Mach 3.
Upvote (13)Share
@bscholl I appreciate you taking the time to answer this question. I don't necessarily care about the credentials of the teammates as much as I do the founders. The CTOs credentials of AE really do answer that question. In the days of Hyperloop, such skepticism is necessary. Any engineer's engineer will always want to work on cool technology. What I'm inquiring about is the market viability of the technology from a unit economics perspective. While I'm willing to bet the airlines might partner with you on whim, somehow I'm doubtful that they'd actually buy a plane. Or wait.... do the airlines want to buy this plane? If this was financially viable for carriers then how come Boeing, Lockheed, Airbus, etc... didn't latch on?