Firm Reveals Plans for First Private Supersonic Business Jet
Photo via Twitter
Hold on to your smartphones, because a firm known as Spike Aerospace is attempting to develop a private supersonic jet designed to fly 450 mph faster than any other civilian jet.
According to the Daily Mail, the radically designed Spike S-512 could take billionaire business people from New York to London in just three hours, making day trips across the Atlantic possible.
"Flying supersonic is clearly the future of aviation" said Spike CEO and President Vik Kachoria via the Daily Mail. "It makes the world smaller and more accessible."
"For any competitive global business, cutting flight times in half will have significant value," he added. "But for people who have busy global lives and want to spend time with the people they love, the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet will be a necessity."
Here's a look at the concept courtesy of Fox News on Twitter:
The jet, which is expected to cost anywhere between $60 million and $80 million, is designed to carry up to 18 passengers and although it doesn't have any cabin windows, the cabin wall features a giant screen that's able to display panoramic views captured by cameras on the outside of the aircraft.
The screen is also able to display other images that are saved in the jet's system. For example, a family photo album.
"There are several reasons for removing the windows from the cabin," Spike told the Daily Mail. "It has long been known that the windows cause significant challenges in designing and constructing an aircraft fuselage. They require addition structural support, add to the parts count and add weight to the aircraft. But until recently, it has not been possible to do without them."
"With the micro-cameras and flat displays now available, Spike Aerospace can eliminate the structural issues with windows and reduce the aircraft weight. In addition, the very smooth exterior skin will reduce the drag normally caused by having windows," the firm added.
Spike hopes to have the S-512 in the sky as soon as December 2018, however the project is likely to hit several roadblocks.
One of those obstacles is the Federal Aviation Administration, which has banned supersonic flight over the U.S., limiting potential destinations like New York and Los Angeles.
Nonetheless Spike claims the S-512 could take passengers from London to Mumbai in just four hours.
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