A new commercial aircraft will fly more than twice the speed of sound, traveling from New York to London in 3.4 hours. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:
Colorado-based startup Boom Supersonic is one step closer to making such travel a reality after securing $33 million in investments to construct and fly its first supersonic jet, the XB-1 demonstration and testing craft, according to TechCrunch… With the new funding, Boom will be able to put that concept — and the technology needed to power it — to the test. “This funds our first airplane, all the way through flight tests,” Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl told TechCrunch. “Now we have all the pieces we need â” technology, suppliers and capital â” to go out and make some history and set some speed records.” They’ll be testing a prototype that’s one-third smaller than the commercial version within the next year.
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