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Boom Technology SST (XB-1)

United States (2023)
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The Boom Technology XB-1 will be utilized to prove and disprove elements of a finalized SST design.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Boom Technology SST (XB-1) Supersonic Transport Passenger Airliner.  Entry last updated on 6/22/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The dream of supersonic passenger flight was one that eventually became reality during the 1970s with the introduction of the Anglo-French jet-powered BAC/Aerospatiale "Concord" supersonic airliner into practical service. However, it was ultimately realized that such aircraft would not become a profitable one and early carriers scaled back - or moved away entirely - from purchasing the impressive aircraft. Fuel consumption, coupled with rising fuel costs, attributed to the decline in such ventures and the tragic crash of Flight 4590 in 2000 only served to hammer the final nail into the Concorde's coffin. The series was officially retired on October 24thm 2004 with just 20 total aircraft delivered.

Fast-forward to 2016 and there is rising chatter within the aviation industry in regards to about bringing back supersonic passenger travel. Aerion is developing the privately-funded AS2 "SuperSonic Transport" (SST) (detailed elsewhere on this site) and Spike Aerospace has its S-512 on the drawing boards. Boom Technology, yet another contender, is showcasing the "XB-1" prototype as a forerunner to a more advanced, full-sized form. The aircraft will be used to evaluate various elements and components of a finalized design still to come.

The original aircraft was given only a twin-engined layout, was shorter in overall length and had larger-area wing planes. The revised look, based on available renderings, shows the aircraft to carry Concorde-like delta-wings with no horizontal tailplanes featured. The tail will be made up of a single, well-swept vertical plane straddled by intakes feeding the tail-installed engine. Each wing will also be given underslung engine compartments (similar to that as seen in the Concorde). The nose is to be well-pointed and the cockpit installed directly aft this assembly. The tubular fuselage will feature seating the passenger compartment and be lined with vision ports in the traditional manner.

Engine selection has not taken place for the finalized design as of this writing (2016) though these powerplants are expected to be ready-to-field, Off-The-Shelf (OTS) units and adhere to noise limits required by territories (the target market remains North America). The XB-1 prototype will be flying with 3 x General Electric CJ610 series turbojets. Performance is expected to exceed that of the famous Concorde as a small airliner charged with passenger ferrying, primarily over water routes. A target speed of Mach 2.2 has become the project goal.

The design is scheduled to achieve a first-flight sometime in 2017 or 2018 with service entry set to occur sometime in 2023. Flight tests will begin in Colorado airspace before shifting over to California. Project support is coming from The Spaceship Company (Virgin Galactic) who is also on order for the first 10 aircraft.

Some values included in the specifications below have been estimated and will be adjusted as new information becomes available.

An engineering mockup of the XB-1 subscale demonstrator has been unveiled. A demonstrator (one-third size) is expected to fly for the first time during 2017 or 2018.


Picture of the Boom Technology SST (XB-1) Supersonic Transport Passenger Airliner
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  Program Updates  


March 2017 - Boom Technology announced it has secured as much as $33 million to fund its XB-1 subscale demonstrator aircraft.

July 2017 - Virgin Atlantic has announced it plans to purchase 10 SST supersonic transports, becoming the first major carrier to do so.

November 2017 - It was announced that Boom Technology will be making its official engine selection sometime in 2018.

December 2017 - Japan Airlines (JAL) has committed to the SST through a twenty-strong purchase option. JAL joins Virgin Atlantic.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 1700mph
Lo: 850mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (1,687mph).

    Graph average of 1275 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 2023
Type: Supersonic Transport Passenger Airliner
Manufacturer(s): Boom Technology - USA
Production: 0
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
Japan (probable); United Kingdom (probable); United States (possible)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Boom Technology SST (XB-1) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
131.23 ft


Meters
40 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
65.62 ft


Meters
20 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
24.61 ft


Meters
7.5 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
132,277 lb


Kilograms
60,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
264,555 lb


Kilograms
120,000 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
3 x Jet engines of unknown make, model or thrust output; XB-1 Demonstrator: 3 x General Electric J610 series turbojets.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
1,687 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
2,715 kph


Knots
1,466 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
4,598 mi


Kilometers
7,400 km


Nautical Miles
3,996 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
59,055 ft


Meters
18,000 m


Miles
11.18 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
10,000 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
3,048 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• SST "SuperSonic Transport"
• XB-1 - Prototype / Subscale Demonstrator Aircraft