‘New Concorde’ jet unveiled

First test flight expected as early as next year
Virgin Group entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has helped unveil a prototype supersonic airliner, which its designers hope will carry passengers between London and New York in three-and-a-half hours.
The jet, nicknamed Baby Boom, is being touted as a replacement for the now defunct Concorde service and will offer the transatlantic trip for a $5,000 (€4,670) return fare.
The XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator was presented by the Virgin boss at a launch event in Denver on November 15. A first test flight is expected next year in Southern California.
Its creation is a joint development between Virgin Galactic and Denver-based Boom Technology.
“I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” said Branson. “We’re excited to have an option on Boom’s first 10 airframes.”
He added: “Through Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing arm, the Spaceship Company, we will provide engineering and manufacturing services, along with flight test support and operations as part of our shared ambitions.”
Travelling at a speed of 1,451mph (2,335 km/h), the 40-seater aircraft with a single window seat on each side of the aisle is said to be 10% faster than Concorde and 2.6 times faster than current jetliners.
“Sixty years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds,” said Blake Scholl, founder and chief executive of Boom Technology, which has experience working for SpaceX, Boeing and NASA. “Concorde’s designers didn’t have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now we do.”
Sky News / TTG Digital

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