feel­ing su­per­sonic

Spike’s S-512 pri­vate jet trades win­dows for HD tel­lies, flies to New York in three hours

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WHENCONCORDEWASRETIREDFROM the skies in 2003, the fu­ture of commercial su­per­sonic flight looked fairly dim. Yet there’s ap­par­ently still a mar­ket for a plane that can whisk you from Lon­don to New York City in three hours in­stead of eight, and US-based Spike Aero­space plans to ful­fil that need with its S-512 jet, a su­per-luxe limo in the clouds.

The ul­ti­mate hori­zon-chaser, the S-512 can reach Mach 1.6 (1,770km/h) thanks to a rev­o­lu­tion­ary aero­dy­namic de­sign that boasts a com­pletely win­dow­less cabin. This doesn’t mean no views, though, as a huge, curved HD dis­play runs the en­tire length of the cabin, with live footage beamed from high-res­o­lu­tion cam­eras on the fuse­lage. Ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing an 18-strong en­tourage, this fu­ture vi­sion is still at the fund­ing stage, but if im­pressed suits cough up, it could be nav­i­gat­ing the heav­ens in four short years’ time. US $60 mil­lion, spikeaerospace.com, out 2018

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