It is a plane that could fly from New York to London in just three hours – and finally end the argument over who gets the window seat.
A firm attempting to build a private supersonic jet has revealed a prototype of its radical new ‘son of Concorde’ has flown for the first time.
The jet is an early unmanned prototype of the company’s 18 passenger S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet, and the firm says the tests were a ‘huge success’ – although it has not released any pictures or video of it.
It hopes to have the S-512 aircraft flying by early 2021, with customer deliveries beginning in 2023.
The S-512 will seat up to 22 passengers, with a range of 6200 miles and a cruise speed of Mach 1.6, saving 50% on flight times.
Vik Kachoria, President and CEO of Spike, said ‘The SX-1.2 test flights were conducted in a real world situation, and provide significantly more data than wind tunnel tests done in an artificial environment.
‘We were able to test not only handling, but also a range of other considerations.’
In total, seven short flights were performed to test the design and flight controls of the jet.
Between each test flight, adjustments were made to the aircraft’s center of mass, balance and control surfaces.
Additional performance data was observed and collected.
KrishnaKumar Malu piloted the aircraft, assisted by Mike Ridlon, at a private airfield in New England, and said ‘These test flights are providing incredibly valuable information which we can use to refine the design.
‘I am very excited about how helpful these tests will be to our supersonic development program.’
Work on SX-1.3, the next in the demonstrator series, has also begun.
Significant engineering resources and assistance was provided by Siemens, Quartus, Aernnova, Greenpoint, BRPH and others who have all been part of the development efforts to date.
In the final jet, the entire cabin wall is a screen that can be turned into a giant window.
‘Flying 450 mph faster than any other civilian jet, the Spike S-512 will enable customers to do more and enjoy more out of life,’ the firm says
‘London will be just 3 hours away from NYC – making day trips for business possible.
‘Or Paris to Dubai for shopping and entertainment and back home in time for dinner.’
Live video from outside the plane can create a panoramic image – or the passengers of the $60m jet can opt to have their family snaps shown or even watch a movie on the walls.
The original design was developed in 2013.
According to Senior Engineer Dr. Anutosh Moitra ‘the new delta wing of the S-512 delivers high aerodynamic efficiency and improved flight performance in both low-speed flight and supersonic cruise.
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