All Tech Considered
Wed February 26, 2014
Supersonic Jet Throws Traditional Design 'Out The Window'
Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 4:28 pm
Requesting the window seat on a flight is about to take on a new meaning.
The Boston-based company Spike Aerospace has announced a private supersonic jet with a new design: a windowless cabin.
Instead of the usual views at 35,000 feet, the Spike S-512 will project images from microcameras outside the plane onto screens embedded in the walls. The cameras will be placed around the entire aircraft to create panoramic views.
If passengers get sleepy, the screens can be dimmed. If boredom sets in, the screens can be changed to a number of preprogrammed images.
The company gives multiple reasons for throwing traditional designs "out the window." According to a company blog post, windows present challenges in both design and construction because they require more structural support, which adds more weight. Until now, windowless airplanes were not an option.
Digital screens are not the only technological advance for this jet.
Take speed, for example. The aircraft will fly at 1.6 times the speed of sound. At almost twice the average cruising speed of regular planes, a trip from LA to Tokyo can take as little as eight hours.
The 18-passenger aircraft, which is slated to cost $80 million, is set to hit the skies in December 2018.