Spike Aerospace started developing the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet in 2013. Construction of the first scaled prototype will begin this summer and the company announced today that Quiet Supersonic Flight (QSF) technology will be one of the key technologies of the S-512 Supersonic Jet to be available in early 2020s. This means that the 18 passenger Spike S-512 with QSF has low sonic boom and will be able to fly trans-oceanic and trans-continental at top supersonic speeds of up to Mach 1.6. This opens up a much larger global market for passengers that need to fly across Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa with no speed restrictions or sonic boom when flying over cities or the countryside enroute to your destination.
Without doubt, there is a lot of excitement about the return of supersonic flight. It really is just a few years away. Flying faster, affordably, is going to have a huge impact for business and leisure travel. Key to making supersonic aviation of interest and value to everyone is being able to fly overland as well as over the oceans.
By early 2020s, the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet will be making flights from Paris to Dubai in 3 1/2 hours or London to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Day trips for shopping, entertainment or even business.
“Sure, there is a market for high-boom supersonic jets that only fly over water. But there is a much bigger demand for low-boom jets that can fly supersonic everywhere.” said President & CEO, Vik Kachoria. “I certainly wouldn’t want any restrictions on where I can fly or how fast.”
Quiet Supersonic Flight (QSF) is proprietary technology developed by Spike Aerospace. Essentially it works by optimizing the aerodynamic design primarily through shaping of the wing, fuselage and tail. The design shaping helps to minimize any disturbing sound created by the sonic wake.
To make supersonic flight available to the most passengers, Spike Aerospace is in discussions with several premier airlines to offer supersonic service on the S-512 in addition to their business and first class service on subsonic jets. Supersonic ticket prices are expected to be a slight premium to business or first class seats – depending on the route. Fairly reasonable and accessible to most travellers.
For me at least, the chance to half my travel time to Hong Kong will make a short trip from London feasible and it will certainly be worth a small premium on the current Business and First prices. These hugely appealing travel times will make travel to other side of the world almost effortless. Weekend in Sydney? Drinks in Honolulu? Don’t mind if I do!
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