The aerospace startup said earlier this week that it had signed an agreement with three different companies to develop an engine for their promising aircraft Overture.
Dubbed “Symphony” the engine has a long way to go. The design of the engine is yet to be developed, and Boom said it has reached out to Florida Turbine Technologies for help with its development. Another proposal is made to the engineering giant GE Additive, while StandardAerowill carry out maintenance and overhaul tasks.
The news of the agreement comes just over three months after Rolls-Royce pulled out of its engine maker partnership with Boom.< /p>
“Rolls-Royce believes that the supersonic commercial aviation market is currently not a pre-eminent one,” — said then in the company.
Since then, the status of Boom and the program “Overture” seemed questionable. The company unveiled an updated four-engined airframe design during the Farnborough Airshow this summer, but critics were quick to point out that without an engine, any “sketch” aircraft are only conceptual at best.
Boom aims to build and certify its Overture jet by the end of the decade and says it will make supersonic air travel economically and environmentally viable. The company has received orders from several US airlines, including American Airlines and United Airlines.
However, detractors questioned some of the new project's claims, pointing out that The Overture will suffer from the same limitations as the Concorde: due to the super-loud sonic boom created by traveling faster than sound, the aircraft will be limited to slower speeds near populated areas. This effectively means that it will not be able to develop full speed over land. At the same time, the claimed range assumes that flights across the Pacific Ocean will require a stop for refueling, and this negates the time savings in supersonic flight.
Thus, the advantages of the aircraft will be largely limited to the transatlantic market.< /p>
Whether or not Boom will eventually succeed remains unclear, but the agreement with the engine manufacturer is seen by industry experts as an important step towards first assembly and successful flight.