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February 27, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The designers of new supersonic passenger aircraft have confirmed that the entire passenger cabin will be windowless – though it won’t seem that way to passengers.

US company Spike Aerospace says the interior walls of the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet will be covered with ultra-thin display screens embedded into the wall. Cameras surrounding the aircraft will construct “breathtaking panoramic views”, which will be displayed on the cabin screens. Passengers will be able to dim the screens to catch some sleep or change the views to one of the many scenic images stored in the system. unnamed

So, you get fabulous views but no windows; no more glaring sun and no more shades to pull down or push up.

Spike Aerospace says the Spike S-512 will reach international destinations faster than any jet currently available. Breaking the sound barrier at 1100mph (Mach 1.6), the Spike S-512 “will get passengers to their destinations in about half the time it takes today”. That’s Sydney to Perth in well under two hours and Sydney to Singapore in under four hours.

The new craft has not yet made it into the air – the aim is to have it flying by 2018. It’s worth pointing out that the Spike S-512 is not a mass-market passenger plane – it’s more a business jet, carrying about 18 passengers at a speed not seen since the Concorde left the world’s skies.

If the Spike S-512 makes it to market and proves popular, however, the technology and the windowless “windows” could be used on other, larger aircraft.

Spike Aerospace, a privately held company based in Boston and founded in 2011, says it works with “a world-class team of engineers, consultants and partners with years of experience at Boeing, Gulfstream, Airbus. Eclipse, NASA, JPL and other aerospace unnamedcompanies.

“The founders are all pilots and have extensive backgrounds in physics, aerospace engineering, finance and management.”

Spike cites several reasons for removing the windows from the cabin.

“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 Spike S-512 design already incorporates the latest technologies, including composite material, advanced avionics and propulsion system, according to the company. It says the windowless cabin is one more innovation it is incorporating into the design.

Written by : Peter Needham

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