• 20th July 22
  • 11:30 AM to 11:50 AM
  • FINN 4: Hall 4

Since Concorde was retired in 2003 due, in large part, to its lack of environmental and financial sustainability, commercial supersonic flight has seemed a distant dream. Today, however, startup entrepreneurs, not governments or aircraft manufacturing stalwarts, are ushering in a new era of supersonic possibilities.

In this session, Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic, will explain how 60 years of innovation in three major areas of aviation--propulsion, materials, and aerodynamics--has made affordable, sustainable supersonic flight achievable by the end of the decade.

Carbon fiber composite materials are being used to build planes which are easier to manufacture into complex shapes and much more thermally stable than metals at high temperatures experienced at supersonic speeds. High-performance computing has enabled the rapid design and test of hundreds of potential aircraft configurations in computer simulation, saving the time and costs of traditional wind tunnel testing. Today, there are vastly improved turbofan engines, which can produce enough thrust for supersonic flight while also being quiet and friendly around airport communities.

Scholl will explain Boom’s often controversial decision to build a demonstrator aircraft to confirm hypotheses at sub-scale, as well as the specific innovations and breakthroughs that have informed the design of the company’s full-fledged commercial supersonic airliner, Overture. Innovations that take into account a myriad of considerations and that will ultimately enable Overture to be the first-ever net-zero carbon aircraft to fly at Mach 1.7, twice as fast as today’s fastest passenger jets. Blake will also give the audience a look at the latest exterior configuration for Overture, which includes significant changes to the previously released design.

Speaker: Blake Scholl, Founder and CEO, BOOM Supersonic 

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