BOOM, an aeronautical startup, is working on a supersonic jet prototype that can fly at the speed of Mach 2.2.
If you’re not familiar with the speed of sound, or just don’t want to bother calculating, here’s something that will put things in perspective. A speed of Mach 2.2 translates to a speed of about 2335 KM/hour. That’s roughly 2.6 times faster than any other passenger aircraft on the planet.
At a speed of Mach 2.2, you would be able to complete a trip from Mumbai to New York in under an unbelievable 5.5 hours! Unfortunately though, Mumbai isn’t a destination in the initial launch plan 🙁
Other than reducing the travel time, the team is also working hard to ensure that it’s able to offer a ‘relatively economical’ airfare to its passengers. Initial estimates have pegged the cost of air travel at roughly $5000.
BOOM’s core team is comprised of pilots, engineers, and builders with decades of experience. Backed by investors from Silicon Valley, BOOM has partnered with Virgin Group for development and expects to roll out the first prototype by early 2017.