Boom Supersonic enters strategic partnership with US Air Force

January 12, 2022

Boom Supersonic has announced a $60 million, three-year strategic partnership with the US Air Force (Courtesy Boom Supersonic)

Aerospace company Boom Supersonic, based in Denver, Colorado, USA, has announced a $60 million, three-year strategic partnership with the US Air Force. The Air Force awarded the contract to Boom through its innovation arm, AFWERX, and its AFVentures division, designed to accelerate commercial technologies. The Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) contract awarded to Boom is said to be one of the programme’s largest investments and represents a significant commitment to the future of supersonic aviation.

The STRATFI contract is intended to accelerate research and development on Overture, Boom’s commercial airliner. The related funding is expected to directly accelerate critical design and development initiatives on Overture, including wind tunnel testing and propulsion system definition.

Overture is intended to carry sixty-five to eighty-eight passengers at twice the speed of today’s airliners. Designed to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuels, Overture is expected to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net zero carbon from day one. The supersonic airliner is set to enter manufacturing in 2023, roll out in 2025, and begin flying passengers by the end of the decade.

Boom Supersonic has been collaborating with Velo3D, Campbell, California, USA, in the production of some of the more complex and/or critical flight components utilising the Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Sapphire machine. Components created included manifolds for the variable bypass valve (VBV) system that routes air released by the engine compressor to the aircraft’s outer mould line (OML); exit louvres for the environmental control system (ECS) that cools the cockpit and systems bay; louvres that direct the centre inlet’s secondary bleed flow to the OML; and NACA ducts and two diverter flange parts.

“We are proud of the Air Force’s continued support and recognition of Boom’s leadership in supersonic flight – and we see our partnership as mutually beneficial,” stated Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom. “With STRATFI, we’re able to collaborate with the Air Force on the unique requirements and needs for global military missions, ultimately allowing Boom to better satisfy the needs of the Air Force where it uses commercially-derived aircraft. As a potential future platform for the Air Force, Overture would offer the valuable advantage of time, an unmatched option domestically and internationally.”

www.boomsupersonic.com

Download the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Our latest issue is now available to view online or download in PDF format.

As well as an extensive AM industry news section, this 176-page issue includes articles and reports on:

  • Metal AM in automotive: How the Czinger 21C is redefining next-generation car manufacturing
  • Buying time with digital spare parts: Opportunities for metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Burloak and the AM scalability challenge: A contract manufacturer’s perspective on the shift to volume production
  • Binder Jetting and beyond: Insights from Fraunhofer IFAM’s second workshop on sinter-based Additive Manufacturing
  • The inestimable value of AI: How Machine Learning can help AM project teams achieve their goals and beyond
  • The need for global standardisation: Takeaways from the Standards Forum at Formnext 2021
  • Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion: Process developments and numerical simulation
  • > More information

Latest news

    E-newsletter

    Sign up to our e-newsletter, sent weekly to AM professionals and end-users around the world. We'll also let you know each time a new issue of Metal AM magazine is available.

    Discover our magazine archive…

    The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:
    • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
    • Articles on technology and application trends
    • Information on materials developments
    • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
    • International industry news
    All past issues are available to download in PDF format, in either single page format or as double-page “spreads” for viewing on large monitors. All downloads are free of charge. Go to archive...

    Connect with us

    Visit our social media channels and sign up to our e-newsletter

    Copy link
    Powered by Social Snap