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
One Company is Aiming to Build the World's Fastest Passenger Jet
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
One Company is Aiming to Build the World's Fastest Passenger Jet
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

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