For those who always wanted a seat with a view, the new supersonic jet-plane from Spike Aerospace could be the answer. The S-512 features a panoramic window that spans the width of the plane, allowing for spectacular views. Spike Aerospace is building the private jet-plane with billionaire business passengers in mind, and are seeking funds from interested parties on the crowdfunding site indiegogo.
Vik Kachoria, President and CEO of Spike Aerospace, blogged in the company’s press releases, about the innovative inclusion of the windowless passenger cabin: “Cameras surrounding the entire aircraft will construct breathtaking panoramic views displayed on the cabin screens. Passengers will be able to dim the screens to catch some sleep or change it to one of the many scenic images stored in the system.”
He went on to explain why the windows had been removed from the cabins. Apparently, historically incorporating windows within cabins has proved to be problematic and challenging when constructing the aircraft fuselage, as they require addition structural support, add to the parts count and add weight to the aircraft. Unfortunately it has not been possible to construct an airplane with them. Thanks to recent innovations in technology it is now possible to eliminate the structural issues with windows and moreover reduce the aircraft weight. Not having individual windows also reduces the drag effect, which in turn increase the aerodynamics of the pane.
The jet-plane has several innovative features, not counting the panoramic window, which also doubles up as a display screen, which can project movies or photographs of the passengers. The plane also aims to cut down dramatically on the time it takes to reach destinations. Spike Aerospace say that they hope to cut down times by half the time it typically takes, but all this new technology is coming at a price. It is estimated that the S-512 will cost between around $60million to $80million (£36.3million to £48.4million) and Spike are hoping to have a finished product, provided funding can be secured, by December 2018.
The S-512 is specifically designed for the affluent business billionaire who wants to travel in the speediest way. It is thought that the S-512 will cut down traveling time from New York to London to just three hours, with Los Angeles to Tokyo taking five hours and London to Mumbai just four hours. A spokesperson for Spike Aerospace said: “It will save passengers time so they can explore more of the world. Wouldn’t you love to go hiking in New Zealand for the weekend, or fly to Paris for lunch?”
Back to the panoramic windows, the new technology allows the screens to cut down on the glare from the sun, thanks to the thin display screens which are embedded into the walls, and passengers will also be able to dim the screens if they want to have a snooze or change it to one of the many scenic images stored in the system.The windows incorporate cameras which surround the entire aircraft and beam panoramic views to the cabin screens.
The Spike S-512 is said to fly at supersonic speeds of 1.6-1.8 (1060-1200 mph), and can carry between 12 and 18 passengers, not really what we would call environmentally friendly traveling. However, one problem that Spike may not have calculated into their design, is that supersonic air flying over the US has been banned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which means that popular routes such as LA to New York may not be viable options in the future.
For more information, or to get involved in the crowdfunding project, visit indiegogo.com.
All images courtesy Spike Aerospace.