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Saturday, February 22, 2014

New Supersonic Jet without windows

A company is developing a future supersonic aircraft without window in the passenger cabin and will replace it with a picture on the wall screen. A number of cameras are placed outside the aircraft will display images on the screen.
The Spike S-512. (Picture from: http://www.spikeaerospace.com/blog/)
According to Spike Aerospace is currently designing the aircraft to exceed the speed of sound with the window will negate a significant impact in designing and constructing the fuselage. "That’s the airflow that goes over the wings and the fuselage … instead of trying to mitigate it or eliminate it we are using it to our advantage," Spike founder Vik Kachoria told The Blaze. S-512 supersonic aircraft is planned will be launched as early as 2018.
The Spike S-512 will feature windowless cabins with a screen projecting video from outside the plane. (Picture from: http://www.spikeaerospace.com/blog/)
On the company website, they say the windows require additional structural support to the extra weight, but can also be overcome by the use of micro cameras and flat screens. The camera will display the image around the aircraft and passengers can select the desired image or light screen dims.
Passengers will have a wide range of viewing options, to include shows that can be streamed via a satellite internet connection. (Picture from: http://www.spikeaerospace.com/blog/)
However there is a risk of flight safety problems without this window, which is obviously a totally new experience. "How about from a security perspective? If there is an accident how do you know which way the plane is facing, and where you land if the camera is not working," said Dr. Daren Ansell, a space technology expert from the University of Central Lancashire, England.
S-512 aircraft would be the first supersonic business jet with a capacity of 18 passengers. The aircraft can fly at speeds between 1.6 to 1.8 Mach so that the London-New York flight will be achieved three to four hours from the current six to seven hours. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SPIKE AEROSPACE | THE BLAZE]
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