Spike S-512 is a supersonic jet that will enable travelers to reach destinations in half the time it currently takes. Passengers will be able to fly from NYC to London in 3-4 hours instead of 6-7 hours. LA to Tokyo in 8 hours instead of 14-16 hours.
Commercial airliners typically fly at .85 Mach (567 mph). Spike S-512 uses advanced engine and airframe technology to cruise at average speeds of Mach 1.6-1.8 (1060-1200 mph). We expect the first customers for the jet will be businesses and their management teams that need to manage global operations more efficiently. They will be able to reach destinations faster, evaluate more opportunities and have a bigger impact on their enterprises.
In time, supersonic travel will be available to everyone so they can explore more of the world, faster.
The S-512 Supersonic Jet is obviously a very capital intensive project that will require a lot of financial and engineering resources and management expertise. Without doubt, this project has tremendous risks and challenges from almost every direction — technical, financial, regulatory, political and market perspective. But the opportunity to solve a critical problem with potentially huge demand is too appealing to pass up for simplier ventures. (via The Coolist)