- Engine manufacturers aren’t interested in helping Boom build a supersonic engine, per FlightGlobal.
- The comments come after Rolls-Royce announced the termination of its contract with Boom in early September.
- Travel analyst Henry Hartfeldt told Insider that Boom has built its own engine, which could come in handy.
Boom Supersonic may have to make its own engine for the super-fast Overture.
but, Rolls-Royce told AIN Online In early September he has since left the table.
“We have completed our contract with Boom and have delivered several engineering studies for the supersonic Overture program,” Rolls-Royce said.
“After careful consideration, Rolls-Royce has determined that the commercial supersonic aviation market is not currently a priority for us, and therefore will not pursue further work on the program at this time,” the company continued. “It has been a pleasure working with the Boom team and we wish them every success in the future.”
Following Rolls-Royce Comments, GE Aviation, Honeywell and Safran Aircraft Engines Get It All Tell FlightGlobal They are not currently interested in making a supersonic engine for Boom.
General Electric previously worked on the Affinity engine, which was developed to power a supersonic jet aircraft The defunct aircraft manufacturer Aerionthat was Powered by Boeing Before closing its doors in May 2021 Because of financial challenges. But, the company revealed to FlightGlobal that “civilian supersonic sound is not a part we’re currently pursuing.”
Pratt & Whitney, another company capable of making such an engine, is also reluctant to get involved, with its chief sustainability officer, Graham Webb, describing the supersonic jets as “episodic”.
However, Boom is intent on finding an engine plant and producing an environmentally friendly power plant. company Hopes Its $200 million jet aircraft will run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
“As a practice, we avoid commenting on any ongoing, confidential negotiations with our suppliers, until both sides are ready to announce jointly,” Baum told Insider Friday. “However, we can reaffirm our intention to announce Boom’s selected engine partner and its transformative approach to a reliable, cost-effective and sustainable supersonic flight, later this year.”
With engine makers reluctant to partner with Boom, Henry Hartfeldt, travel analyst and head of the Atmosphere research group, told Insider that the company may need to make its own engine.
“Bohm has stated that it wants its planes to be as environmentally responsible as they can be, which is a very noble and important goal, but it is already difficult and expensive enough to build the plane,” he explained. “So if they’re going to take the engine as well, that’s going to be quite a challenge.”
He emphasized that Boom would also have to ensure that its engine did not infringe anyone else’s secret military patents or designs.
“It doesn’t mean that Boom can’t do it, but they will need to raise additional money or bring in a partner or two to help,” Hartfeldt told Insider. “But, if you succeed in building the plane and the engine, they will get their planes and have a very unique intellectual property and commercial advantage because they will not be dependent on a third-party engine maker.”
Moreover, if Boom succeeds in building both, it could become an “attractive acquisition target” for companies like Airbus or Boeing.
Or, ironically, it could sell its engine design to an engine maker and “not only get its cost back, but maybe even make a profit out of it,” according to Heartfeldt.