Jul 11, 2017

In 1971, U.S. Congress halted federal funding of a next-generation supersonic transport, dubbed the “SST.” It was one the dumbest acts ever perpetrated in the name of the American public, holding the aviation industry back for half a century. Forty-six years later, a glimmer of hope for faster air transportation has arrived thanks to Denver-based Boom Technology.

After the successful unveiling of its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator at the 2017 Paris Air Show, Boom received some 76 aircraft orders. The “Baby Boom” is a 1/3-scale prototype of an airliner that could be flying as early as 2023. The 45-passenger aircraft will reportedly cruise up to Mach 2.2 (1,452 mph; 2,337 kph), able to go to London from New York in 3 hours and 24 minutes.

One of the most profound Ubertrends ruling society today is Time Compression — the acceleration of life. Ask any executive if they would like to fly faster and you’d get a resounding “yes.” Not that others haven’t tried. Texas billionaire Robert Bass is behind the eight-passenger Aerion AS2, which tops out at Mach 1.5 (1,150 mph; 1,852 kph) and features a trademarked “Boomless Cruise.”

Since 2001, a Las Vegas start-up, Supersonic Aerospace International (SAI), has worked with Lockheed Martin’s “Skunk Works” unit to develop a 20-seat jet, the QSST-X for “quiet supersonic travel,” able to fly at Mach 1.6 (1,180 mph; 1,900 kph). Where do I sign up? 😍

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