In an attempt of re-inventing the future of travel, Spike Aerospace has unleashed the world’s fastest airliner, the S-512 Supersonic Jet. Effortlessly, the S-512 is able to touch a supersonic gliding speed of Mach 1.6, which is around 1,220 mph while its upper limit is nearly the speed of 1,370 mph equivalent to that of Mach 1.8. The US-based aerospace engineering & design company affirmed that in order to concretize the concept, they are willing to shed $80 million.
A similar concept called SABRE (Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) is already under development by British aerospace firm Reaction Engines Limited. SABRE has a capacity of ferrying 300 passengers across the globe in mere 4 hours. However, aim of the dual-engine S-512 Supersonic Jet is to transport 18 passengers between London and New York City in just three hours, which means gliding 450 mph faster than any other civilian aircraft.
Wing and tail designs are designed to reduce wave drag and fuel burn
The team has been working past 18 months towards fabricating design pivoting around safety, swiftness and cost-effectiveness. As per the web source, working in the past months have shown in considerable improvements not only in the three main factors noted above but also in areas like sonic boom, range, and comfort. They also added that plane’s new wing and tail designs are targeted towards lessening wave drag and fuel burn, consequent upon which the machine will be able to increase its range during both low-speed flight and supersonic cruise.
Highest levels of quality and comfort
Travelling will be expected to be the most comfortable one irrespective of the distance between the starting point and the destination. Comfy soft leather seating, table between seats (resembling restaurants), panoramic views from the above, no cabin noise, higher oxygen levels, in-flight phone system, satellite radio, external cameras and high-speed wireless Internet access are some of the enticing features that Spike Aerospace is offering onboard.
Future of aviation
Thinking about the price, it’s way too much, somewhere around US$60 and $80 million, yes, targeting Saudi princes and the king of YouTube. We are left just to fantasize as of now but who knows future travel might go like this. After all, supersonic flight is one of the agendas in the future of aviation, right!