Spike S-512

The Spike S-512 is a projected supersonic business jet, designed by Spike Aerospace, an American aerospace manufacturer firm based in Boston, Massachusetts.[3]

Spike Aerospace Inc.
Headquarters
Websitespikeaerospace.com
Spike S-512
Spike S-512.jpg
Artist's rendering of Spike S-512 in flight
Role Supersonic business jet
Manufacturer Spike Aerospace
Status Under development
Unit cost
US$60[1]-100[2] million (est.)

DesignEdit

It would allow long flights for business and private travelers, such as from New York City to London, to take only three to four hours instead of six to seven.[4][5] The aircraft will not have windows for the passengers, instead it will be lined with tiny cameras sending footage to thin, curved displays lining the interior walls of the fuselage.[6]

DevelopmentEdit

In early 2014, the company planned to promote the project with an exhibit at the 2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow.[7] Spike then expected to launch the plane by December 2018.[6] In January 2017, a subsonic scale prototype was planned to fly in summer 2017 to demonstrate low-speed aerodynamic flight characteristics, before a series of larger prototypes and a supersonic demonstrator by the end of 2018, Spike intended to certify the S-512 by 2023.[1] By Spring 2018, Spike studied a 40- to 50-seat variant for the 13 million passengers interested in supersonic transport projected by 2025.[8] In September 2018, Spike intended to fly the S-512 by early 2021 and start deliveries in 2023.[9]

SpecificationsEdit

Data from Spike[2]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 18 passengers
  • Length: 122 ft (37 m)
  • Wingspan: 58 ft (18 m)
  • Empty weight: 47,250 lb (21,432 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 115,000 lb (52,163 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 56,000 lb
  • Powerplant: 2 × engines , 20,000 lbf (89 kN) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,033 kn (1,189 mph, 1,913 km/h) Mach 1.8
  • Cruise speed: 918 kn (1,056 mph, 1,700 km/h) Mach 1.6
  • Range: 6,200 nmi (7,100 mi, 11,500 km)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)

See alsoEdit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Chad Trautvetter (January 24, 2017). "Spike Aero To Fly Subsonic Prototype of SSBJ This Year". Aviation International News.
  2. ^ a b "S-512 Specifications & Performance". Spike Aerospace.
  3. ^ "Spike Aerospace". Spike Aerospace.
  4. ^ "Spike S-512 could be the world's first supersonic business jet". New Atlas. December 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "The Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet". Spike Aerospace.
  6. ^ a b GEORGE, ALEXANDER (Feb 18, 2014). "Supersonic Jet Ditches Windows for Massive Live-Streaming Screens". Wired.
  7. ^ "New SST Contender Aims For Mach 1.8". AVweb. February 3, 2014.
  8. ^ Kerry Lynch (May 18, 2018). "Spike: Supersonic Market To Draw 13M Pax by 2025". AIN online.
  9. ^ Chad Trautvetter (September 4, 2018). "Spike Aims for Stage 5-compliant Supersonic Bizjet". AIN online.

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