19th February 2014
Supersonic jet will use hi-tech displays instead of windows
Spike Aerospace – designers of the world's first private supersonic jet – have just announced another innovation in aircraft design they plan to incorporate into their jet.
The S-512 Supersonic Jet will feature a revolutionary windowless passenger cabin, to prevent sun glare and negate the need for shades to be pulled down or pushed up. Instead, the interior walls will be covered by thin display screens embedded into the wall. Cameras surrounding the entire aircraft will construct breathtaking panoramic views displayed on these cabin screens. Passengers will be able to dim the screens to catch some sleep, or change them to one of the many scenic images stored in the system.
There are important reasons for removing the windows from the cabin. It has long been known that windows cause significant challenges in designing and constructing an aircraft fuselage. They require addition structural support, add to the parts count and add weight to the aircraft. But until recently, it has not been possible to do without them.
With the micro-cameras and flat displays now available, Spike Aerospace can eliminate these structural issues and reduce the aircraft weight. In addition, the very smooth exterior skin will reduce the drag normally caused by having windows.
The S-512 already incorporates the latest technologies including composite materials, advanced avionics and a hi-tech propulsion system. The interior design and windowless cabin is one more innovation that it will feature. The aircraft is scheduled for commercial launch in 2018.
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