Supersonic jet replaces windows with flat screen displays
Spike Aerospace, designers of the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet, has announced it will feature a windowless passenger cabin, and the interior walls will be covered with thin display screens embedded into the wall. Cameras surrounding the entire aircraft will construct 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.
There are 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 (that’s why no military planes have them, for example). 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 smooth exterior skin will reduce the drag normally caused by having windows.
The supersonic jet design already incorporates the latest technologies including composite material, advanced avionics and propulsion system. The interior design and windowless cabin is one more innovation the company is incorporating into the design.
Spike S-512 is a supersonic business jet that enable travellers to reach destinations in half the time it currently takes. Executives will be able to fly from NYC to London in 3-4 hours instead of 6-7 hours. LA to Tokyo in 8 hours instead of 14-16 hours.
Commercial airliners typically fly at .85 Mach (567 mph). Spike S-512 uses advanced engine and airframe technology to cruise at average speeds of Mach 1.6-1.8 (1060-1200 mph).
First deliveries of the Spike S-512 are expected in 2018.