Launch Pad: Blake Scholl, Founder of Boom

 

XB-1: a one-third scale realization of the Boom passenger airliner. It will demonstrate in flight the key technologies for practical supersonic travel. XB-1 is the first independently developed supersonic jet and history's fastest civil aircraft. It is under construction now and will fly in late 2017. Photo courtesy of Boom.
XB-1: a one-third scale realization of the Boom passenger airliner. It will demonstrate in flight the key technologies for practical supersonic travel. XB-1 is the first independently developed supersonic jet and history’s fastest civil aircraft. It is under construction now and will fly in late 2017. Photo courtesy of Boom.

Karl Ulrich’s enthusiasm for Boom comes out in every syllable of this interview, and for good reason. Boom is, as founder Blake Scholl describes, “picking up where Concord left off. We are building a new generation of supersonic airplane that is significantly more efficient and significantly more affordable than Concord. So New York to London could be three hours and 15 minutes instead of seven—but for the same price you pay now for a business class ticket. So this is dramatically more affordable high-speed travel.”

How many business travelers would this be life-changing for? The New York to London route: transformed. Leave New York at 6 am and get in to Heathrow at 2:15 in the afternoon London time, which, as Blake explains, “gives you time to actually get downtown, do a couple late afternoon meetings, go to dinner and then you catch, say, a 9:00 PM London time flight back. That would put you back in New York in time to get home and tuck your kids into bed.”

Listen to Blake explain to Karl how he’s making this possible:

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