While the prospect of flying without a window may not initially sound like the wisest of ideas, the engineers at Spike Aerospace are committed to making windowless jets a reality. Rather than having physical windows, a structural weakness for an aircraft, their new jets will contain digital displays that will project live feeds of the outside views to passengers. The new Spike Aerospace S-512 supersonic jet will be the first windowless private jet available to the public, and offers up a surprising array of benefits to clients thanks to its unique design.
Lowering Cost, Upping Efficiency
Windows add several factors for an engineer to consider when designing an aircraft. They require a lot of additional support structures built throughout the frame to ensure that they won’t become a safety issue. By eliminating windows, Spike Aerospace has managed to lower the overall parts count of their jet, which will lower the manufacturing cost as well, all while improving the safety of the design. Better yet, a lack of windows will reduce drag for the S-512, leading to increased fuel efficiency and lower considerations for maintenance. This last portion is particularly appealing, as the costs of keeping a private jet fueled and ready to go can be considerable.
Increasing Traveler Comfort
Sleeping on a plane can be difficult, as most blinds never seem to fully block out the light. With video windows in lieu of physical ones, travelers have the option of either blocking out the outside view entirely, or replacing it with media of their choice. Such screens could allow a passenger to watch movies, view photos of their families, or serve as a digital projector for reviewing important business documents. The technology isn’t entirely new, just the vehicle it’s used in. The Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas currently offers such video windows to passengers staying in interior staterooms that lack an ocean view.
Reducing Travel Time
One of the most difficult aspects of traveling for business can be the incredibly long flights and associated jet leg. This can really wear down employees, but the S-512 won’t be contributing to that problem. Although the FAA has currently banned supersonic flights over the US, no such prohibition exists for international waters, allowing companies with such a jet a fantastic way to cut down on travel times. The lack of windows helps streamline the jet and thus increase its speed, allowing owners to shave off countless hours of travel and jet lag. With a cruising speed of Mach 1.6, the S-512 can fly from LA to Tokyo in five hours.
The innovations that Spike Aerospace hopes to bring to the market will offer up an entirely new way to experience air travel, and will very likely soon be adapted by other engineering firms toward additional forms of transportation in the near future. By lowering fuel and manufacturing costs through improved efficiency, adding more options to improve a traveler’s comfort, and cutting out large portions of travel time, the windowless S-512 will quite possibly become the most appealing private jet yet.