a reply to: Zaphod58
I feel like the battle will amount to "Boom vs Burn", and I'd be shocked if there isn't a fuel consumption penalty for those low-boom designs.
Since the beachhead for these technologies will likely be the private jet industry, I'd imagine there's going to be some sticker shock when even the
billionaires and corporations see the fuel burn numbers involved in even a small SSBJ, and especially so if the quiet tech makes one 10-15% less
So there will likely be a place for both, and I'd imagine that the quiet SSBJ's might break open the market and possibly even loosen regulations about
booms and overflights in certain countries.
Once that happens, you'll probably see the market split between quiet designs like Lockheed's which will make sense if you plan to fly over the USA or
other 1st world nations, and more conventional designs like Boom's which will make more sense economically if your flights are mostly over water or
nations that don't care as much about the occasional sonic boom.
So if I'm a US-based hedge fund manager who needs to fly between banking centers like New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Seattle, an oil
development company owner who needs to be able to fly between Houston and my fracking operations in PA and the Dakotas, or a Hollywood executive who
can't stand LA and wants to be able to get out to my properties in Jackson Hole, Texas, and Maine ASAP every weekend I have free, then the super-quiet
Lockheed bird will be the one for me.
Meanwhile, if I'm in China, India, Singapore, or the Middle East, and I either fly to Europe over 3rd world countries that don't care about booms, or
to the coastal USA over water, then a cheaper, more fuel efficient "loud" SSBJ like Boom's plane would suit me perfectly.
The business aircraft market is already incredibly diverse compared to the commercial airliner market, with at least a half dozen major manufacturers
and countless more smaller ones, all with complete stables of aircraft that cover a wide range of different niches. I'd imagine that the business
aircraft market will be no different when it comes to SSBJ's.