In a joint press release, Boom Supersonic and Collins Aerospace announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop nacelle technology on the Boom Overture, a concept supersonic aircraft.
Boom Supersonic and Collins Aerospace engineers will work in unison in order to develop inlet, nacelle, and exhaust system technologies on the Overture. The goal of the collaboration is to reduce the fuel burn of the Overture, reduce the noise and the environmental impact of supersonic flight. The two companies plan to achieve this by utilizing lightweight aerostructures and variable nacelle geometry.
“Through improved acoustics and lightweight materials systems, we can provide the next generation of supersonic propulsion systems with the nacelle technologies that not only enable higher performance and lower fuel burn but also quieter operation,” stated president of aerostructures at Collins Aerospace Marc Duvall.
Variable inlet and exhaust technologies will be at the forefront of the collaborating manufacturers, which should minimize the noise emitted from the aircraft, while at the same time adding extra performance.
“Boom is taking an all-encompassing approach to sustainability— from our commitment to make Overture 100% carbon neutral to minimizing community noise and emissions, we’re dedicated to making mainstream supersonic travel environmentally and economically sustainable,” added the founder and CEO of Boom, Blake Scholl.
Overture is planned to roll-out in 2025, with the first scheduled flight to take place in 2029. Recently, the manufacturer rolled out the XB-1, a smaller-scale supersonic testbed for technologies for the Overture.