One Company is Aiming to Build the World's Fastest Passenger Jet
Think about this: three hours from now, you could be in London (given you’re starting off in New York). It sounds like something out of a 1960s retro-futurism ad—but dreams of a three-hour cross-continental flight could become reality if it were up to one company, aiming to build the world's fastest passenger jet. Spike Aerospace, a US-based aerospace engineering firm, is allegedly developing a new Supersonic jet, dubbed the S-512. Achieving that three-hour NY-to-London travel time would mean some serious speed. Cruising speed would be set at Mach 1.6 (1,220 mph), with a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,370 mph). That would make this jet 450 mph faster than any civilian jet currently available. RELATED: The Cobalt Valkyrie is Silicon Valley's New Private Plane of Choice
In terms of design, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Its exterior proportions more closely resemble a fighter jet than something you’d find taxiing at JFK. The long nose and streamlined body provides the correct proportions for something traveling at speeds such as this.
Inside, a posh interior pairs with higher oxygen levels, panoramic views, high-speed internet, and room enough for 18 lucky passengers with deep pockets. Not to mention plenty of champagne—because luxury.
RELATED: The Cosmic Muffin is a Plane Turned Into a Funky Boat
Total cost for the project is estimated at $80 million, which somehow makes it significantly cheaper than most of the passenger planes currently on runways. And while the new two-year project isn’t ready to hit the skies just yet, Spike promises that its S-512 super jet is “the future of travel.” We sure hope so.
RELATED: Watch Japan's 'Star Wars' R2-D2 Plane in Action