The construction of the first supersonic private jet, S-512, by Spike Aerospace is well underway. The company, an aerospace firm based in Boston, will incur a cost of $80 million on this jet. The jet is expected to be functional and have its maiden flight in December 2018. It will have an outstanding feature from other passenger aircraft, the absence of windows which will be replaced by massive, high definition screens.
The motivation behind construction of this jet by Spike Aerospace is the current advanced trends where videos can be recorded and live streaming can be done. Moreover, there is adequate display technology that utilizes massive high definition screens in the interior of the plane instead of windows. On the outer side of the jet, tiny cameras will be used and the footage they record will be sent to the interior. A passenger will therefore have a wider view of what is on the outside of the plane. Despite the broad view that a passenger is exposed to, distractions from outside, such as clouds, can be a major source of disturbance. This can however be overcome by darkening of the screens which the passengers can easily do.
Normally, the essence of windows is to reduce the fear of being in an enclosed place. However, they require a lot of engineering that introduces weaknesses in the fuselage structure of airplanes. This window-less jet comes with simplicity and safety though passengers are used to seeing clouds and cities as the plane lands and takes off.
Stakeholders in construction of this jet are worried about the absence of windows but according to Vik Kachoria, Spike Aerospace founder, so long as people are given screens and visibility, they should be comfortable.
The plane is expected to fly at a speed of 1,370 mph with a capacity of a maximum of 18 passengers. The replacement of windows with screens reduces the weight of the jet which is advantageous to Spike’s craft.