Published on February 23rd, 2014 | by Paul Edwards0
Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet: Who Needs Windows in the Digital Age?
Cabin windows on commercial aircraft may be in for a change with Spike Aerospace new imaginative re-design of the fuselage for their upcoming S-512 Supersonic Jet.
They have removed all the cabin windows replacing them with a thin, curved display covering the interior walls of the aircraft. The display will show a live video of the outside by using exterior mounted micro cameras around the outside of the S-512. By eliminating the need for cabin windows, they can significantly decrease the drag associated with air hitting the indented windows which also hinders the overall fuselage design when constructing an aircraft.
Passengers will be able to change the images playing on the screen, or dim the display, as the screens will be helping to light the cabin due to the removal of the natural light from the windows.
Spike Aerospace announced plans for its S512 Supersonic jet in December 2013, claiming it would be the world’s first supersonic business jet, with a cruising speed of Mach 1.6 (1218 mph) and a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 (1370mph) compared to a Boeing 777 which has a cruising speed of Mach 0.8 (609 mph). It will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D turbofan engines and have a range of 4,000 nm.
It’s price tag is expected to be around $80m and it can carry up to 18 passengers with Spike Aerospace claiming that it will travel from New York to London in 3 to 4 hours rather than the average of 6 to 7 hours currently.