Boom Aerospace announces suppliers, program advances on supersonic flyer

June 22, 2023
The announcement was made on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, along with several updates on the airframe and engine development, Julie Boatman reports for Flying.

CENTENNIAL, Colo., - Boom Supersonic’s collection of tier 1 suppliers now counts Leonardo, Aernnova, and Aciturri among the roster of global companies on board to develop and execute on the supersonic vision reiterated by Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl, Julie Boatman reports for Flying

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22 June 2023 - Boom signed structural supplier agreements with Aernnova for Overture’s wings, Leonardo for the fuselage and wing box, and Aciturri for the empennage. The three aerospace leaders join Boom’s growing network of global suppliers which includes Safran Landing Systems, Eaton, Collins Aerospace, Flight Safety International, FTT, GE Additive, and StandardAero. Boom also revealed today, for the first time, Overture’s full systems configuration as the aircraft program advances toward production.

Among the major systems highlighted, Overture’s fuel systems provide center of gravity control during subsonic and supersonic operations, enable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) compatibility and supply fuel to the engines. Triple redundant hydraulic systems provide reliable power for flight controls and mechanical systems, and Overture’s landing gear is compatible with international airport runways and taxiways—designed for takeoff and landing on over 600 routes around the world.

Spain-based Aernnova will design and develop the wing structure for Overture. Overture’s gull wings are shaped to enhance supersonic performance as well as improve subsonic and transonic handling. The wings are structurally thinner than typical subsonic wings to reduce drag, allowing the aircraft to efficiently travel at higher speeds.

With long-standing leadership in structural composite components for commercial aircraft, Italian company Leonardo will support Overture as the primary engineering lead for major fuselage structural components. Leonardo was also selected as design and build partner for two major fuselage sections of Overture, including the wingbox. The proprietary design of Overture’s contoured fuselage has a larger diameter toward the front of the aircraft and a smaller diameter toward the rear. Boom applied this design technique to minimize wave-drag and maximize fuel efficiency at supersonic speeds.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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