Collins Aerospace has entered a strategic collaboration with Boom Supersonic to develop inlet, nacelle, and exhaust system technology that would reduce fuel-burn and improve acoustics of Boom's Mach 2.2 Overture. The collaboration is designed to facilitate cleaner, quieter supersonic flight, Collins said, adding that engineers from both companies will explore advanced acoustic and variable inlet and exhaust technologies.
“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,” said Marc Duvall, president of aerostructures at Collins Aerospace. “Having completed 19 nacelle certification programs over the past decade, we’re uniquely positioned to collaborate with Boom Supersonic to create new propulsion-system solutions that will be key enablers of Overture’s success.”
Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl noted the company’s commitment to ensure the Overture is 100 percent carbon neutral and minimizes community noise. “We are leveraging Collins’ experience in developing more fuel-efficient and noise attenuating technologies for nacelles to help us develop Overture as an environmentally responsible supersonic jet,” Scholl said.
Boom recently rolled out its XB-1 demonstrator that will be used to refine technologies for the Overture, with plans calling for assembly of the first airliner in 2025 and entry into service by 2029.