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Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet will have screens instead of windows

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February 19, 2014

Spike Aerospace has announced that its S-512 will feature a windowless cabin

Spike Aerospace has announced that its S-512 will feature a windowless cabin

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Aircraft windows have always been a sticking point in the bid to go faster, cheaper and safer. As well as creating drag, the additional structural support and parts required for windows add weight to the plane. Spike Aerospace is set to overcome these problems by doing away with cabin windows altogether in its S-512 jet, and replacing them with video screens embedded in the interior walls.

The S-512 is expected to be the first supersonic business jet, with a cruising speed of Mach 1.6 (1,220 mph/1,963 km/h) and a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 (1,370 mph/2,205 km/h). This will almost double the Cessna Citation X's top speed of Mach 0.935 (710 mph/1,143 km/h) and will enable passengers to fly between New York and London in 3-4 hours instead of 6-7 hours, and between LA and Tokyo in 8 hours as opposed to 14-16 hours.

In place of windows, the S-512 will use video cameras on the fuselage to relay real-time panoramic video to the screens inside the cabin. According to Spike, passengers will be able to dim the screens when they need to sleep, and will also be able to change the content on the screens.

In addition to the windowless cabin, Spike claims that the S-512 will see innovations in materials, avionics and propulsion. The first deliveries of the S-512 are expected in 2018.

The video below introduces the S-512.

Source: Spike Aerospace

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13 Comments

Part of the reason for windows has always been that they provide orientation for passengers getting off in an emergency. Somehow I doubt the screens will be working properly in an emergency. Additionally, it seems that the angle would be off if looking further to the front or rear. Otherwise it does seem it would provide greater flexibility to the engineers in not requiring windows.

Keith Lamb
19th February, 2014 @ 10:09 am PST

Wow - 360 degrees of animated advertisements!

Alonzo Riley
19th February, 2014 @ 10:52 am PST

This is a good idea, structurally much easier to construct an aircraft without windows.

Richard Unger
20th February, 2014 @ 02:20 am PST

A couple of points:

* passenger observation of mechanical faults or failures eg engine fire

* what if you don't want to look out ie previously close the blinds

* night flights passenger observation of mechanical faults

Thorbjorn Johansen
20th February, 2014 @ 04:00 am PST

This arrangement wouldn't work as expected. Imagine a real window at seat row 2. A passenger from row 1 looking through this window would see the view towards the rear. A passenger from row 3 would see, through the same window, a view towards the front.

But a screen doesn't work this way. The portion of the video screen at row 2 would show the same view regardless of the angle you look at it.

A small screen next to your seat might work adequately, but with a long panoramic screen as shown, the flatness of the picture would be obvious. The effect would be like a long picture painted on the wall, not an actual window.

Freederick
20th February, 2014 @ 06:22 am PST

If it becomes possible to provide some way of removing the windows from aircraft that is acceptable to passengers, then whole new design configurations become possible, such as a flying wing with no fuselage in the strictest sense of the term.

I must admit, I would love to have a screen showing the images from a forward facing camera. It would make take-off and landing a joy, especially if accompanied by a live stream from a fight-deck mike.

Mel Tisdale
20th February, 2014 @ 07:52 am PST

May want to look up the history of windows on flight vehicles, especially spaceflight...the notorious events leading to windows in space capsules may provide a good example.

thangavelu-girardey
20th February, 2014 @ 01:07 pm PST

RE. thangavelu-girardey

Could you be more specific please?

Any specific missions I should search for?

Dave82
21st February, 2014 @ 12:06 am PST

Why not give passenger head mounted display and when the bathroom is dirty it will look clean. Even save money on cleaning.'

AAHHH, imagine dump of a airplane and it can look high class luxury at fraction of a cost.

Better yet issue all passenger the display before they board and viola best ratings!

Hey just kidding.

anmufti
21st February, 2014 @ 02:14 am PST

Great idea! The same idea could be used for office buildings- eliminate the windows, put a few cameras outside and a screen in everybody's office. Everyone in the cube-farm could have a window with a view of their choosing. I am pretty sure the video screens would be cheaper than windows and would allow some more freedom in architectural design.

Winterbiker
21st February, 2014 @ 03:26 pm PST

This reminds me of the Hypersonic AirLiner (HAL) HAL-1/HyperStar by Style of Speed.

Best regards

Christian Stroetmann

Christian Stroetmann
7th March, 2014 @ 07:41 am PST

I've dreamt out this concept for my homes inner walls as displays with multiple coordinated video pick-ups on the house exterior causing the illusion of a wall-less home with oddities such as seemingly floating Windows, shelves & paintings! In the right settings this affect could be the ultimate in bringing the out doors in as well as an excellent security measure due to ones ability to stand in one room, do a 360, & view your homes entire surrounding area especially if the cameras were to be night vision ready.

SciGuy3822
20th July, 2014 @ 07:16 pm PDT

As well, our eye-ear sense of 3 dimensions will be adversely affected unless the video feed is, in fact, real time. Otherwise that spells air sickness - no thanks to being either a victim or an observer of that phenomenon.

Mirmillion
22nd August, 2014 @ 12:44 pm PDT
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