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Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet

Spike Aerospace is a fast growing aerospace engineering & design firm based in Boston. The company is pursuing a number of opportunities at the convergence of aviation and aerospace technologies. Of particularly interest, is developing aviation solutions that are faster, safer and more efficient than current products. Using the latest material science, avionics, airframe and engine technologies, the company is developing a series of next generation aircraft.The company has built a team of seasoned executives, engineers and consultants from the aerospace and aviation fields.

Spike S-512 is a next generation jet that will fly 12-18 passengers from NYC to London in 3-4 hours. The S-512 jet will feature the luxury, safety, reliability and convenience that its owners and operators have come to expect of high-end corporate aircraft. It will be the fastest commercial aircraft available with the ability to save passengers several hours of flying time on every flight. The time savings adds up to substantial increases in productivity, new opportunities, and improved lifestyle.

The Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet is a stunningly elegant, sleek and innovative business jet that will sweep passengers to destinations at supersonic speeds. Flying at Mach 1.6, 450 mph faster than any other civilian jet, the Spike S-512 will enable customers to do more and enjoy more out of life. London will be just 3 hours away from NYC making day trips for business possible. Or Paris to Dubai for shopping and entertainment and back home in time for dinner.

The Spike S-512 interior features the luxurious Multiplex Digital cabin where passengers can enjoy beautiful panoramic views outside the aircraft, a movie, maps, images or a presentation. With room for up to 18 passengers, customers can work or relax in comfort and style with amazing views of the world.

Flying supersonic is the future of aviation. It makes the world smaller and more accessible. For competitive global businesses, cutting flight times in half will have significant value. But for people with busy global lives and who want to spend time with the people they love, the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet will be a necessity. Supersonic flight will enable businesses to manage global operations more efficiently and consider more investment opportunities. They will be closer to their customers, more often. The Spike S-512 will give passengers the ability to do and enjoy life more by spending less time in the air.

The Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet will be the first aircraft aerodynamically designed to offer Quiet Supersonic Flight. This will enable it to operate at its full cruising speed of Mach 1.6 (1100 mph) without producing a loud disturbing sonic boom on the ground. In fact, the Spike S-512 is the only supersonic jet, in active development, that will fly at Mach 1.6 supersonic speeds to any city without disruptive sonic booms that are prohibited globally. Without doubt, a customer purchasing an aircraft for $100m+ expects to take full advantage of the maximum supersonic speed and time savings without compromise. By design, the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet does not have that limitation. It is for travelers that need to get to their destinations faster, whether over land or water.

The Spike S-512 windowless Multiplex Digital Cabin offers a unique and innovative experience. Breathtaking panoramic views, captured by cameras surrounding the aircraft, are displayed on the screens. Pull up documents, presentations, movies, or images of the night sky all with a simple touch.

Spike Aerospace believes that any successful supersonic program must ensure that the aircraft that can operate at its full speed without producing a sonic boom. The Concorde produced such a tremendous sonic boom noise that it was restricted to flights over transoceanic routes primarily NYC to London or Paris.

Reducing the noise created by a supersonic jet has been a primary focus at Spike Aerospace and is a significant development resulting from ongoing engineering efforts. Spike S-512 has a sonic signature that is expected to be less than 70 PLdb (perceived loudness level) sounding like a soft clap or background noise.

The company was able to design a low-sonic boom aircraft by taking advantage of three factors: aircraft size, weight and aerodynamic configuration. Because the Spike S-512 only carries 18 passengers, it is significantly shorter and lighter than the Concorde. But it was through significant engineering design and analysis efforts, that the company was able to further reduce the sonic boom signature without affecting other flight performance characteristics.

The Spike S-512s modified delta wing features a highly swept inboard wing with a slender outboard wing section. Chief Engineer, Dr. Anutosh Moitra said Together, they deliver high-efficiency aerodynamic performance in both low and high speed flight regimes. The sweep of the wing is a key factor in lowering the magnitude of the shock waves and sonic boom.

The sonic boom signature on the ground is further reduced by careful optimization of the shape of the airplane. Extensive use of advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software was made to optimize shape parameters of the wing and the fuselage to minimize the shock strengths. Interaction between the shocks and flow expansion regions occurring on the surface of the airplane were analyzed and then designed to mitigate the strength of the shocks.

Dr. James Stagliano, Spikes wave propagation expert, analyzed the overpressure of the sonic boom extending from the aircraft at 50,000 feet to the ground. Using proprietary software developed by Jims team, repeated analysis was done at various aircraft speeds, angles and environmental conditions. The results were fed back into the engineering design until low-sonic boom was achieved in multiple scenarios.

In June 2015 the new Spike S-512 design featured significant improvements in the design and specifications. Since the original conceptual design, developed in 2013, Spike engineers were focused on aerodynamic analysis and design optimization to make the Spike S-512 a high-performing, safe and cost-effective jet. The past 18 months resulted in significant improvements in all three factors and in also reducing sonic boom, increasing range and enhancing comfort.

The most noticeable change to the aircraft design is that the wings are now a modified delta wing. According to Senior Engineer Dr. Anutosh Moitra the new delta wing of the S-512 delivers high aerodynamic efficiency and improved flight performance in both low-speed flight and supersonic cruise. The highly swept leading-edge reduces wave drag and consequently reduces fuel burn and increases range. The Spike engineering team has also modified the tail to reduce drag and improve aircraft control in supersonic conditions. Improved stability characteristics of the new S-512 design allowed us to eliminate the horizontal tail resulting in further reduction of drag and weight.

Aernnova (Spain) was assisting structures. Siemens (Germany), Maya (Canada) and CD-Adapco (US) provided support in engineering software, consulting and services. Quartus Engineering (US) has done some wonderful work on aeroelasticity and flutter analysis. Kappa Optronics (Germany) provided cameras for testing purposes. The partnership with Greenpoint/Zodiac Aerospace (US/Canada) will assist in designing the aircraft cabin as well as other systems. BRPH (US) was putting together initial designs for a manufacturing facility layout.

Engineering is on track for a first flight of a subsonic prototype of the jet. The prototype will demonstrate low-speed aerodynamic flight characteristic. This will be followed by a series of larger jets with a supersonic demonstrator already in the works by 2017. The aircraft is expected to reach the market by 2023.

Speed Mach 1.6 (1100mph)
Passengers 12-18
Range 6200nm
Cost $100m
  • Patent-pending Quiet Supersonic Flight design
  • Innovative Multiplex Digital Cabin
  • 40% time savings for 13% additional cost
  • Projected market of 700 supersonic jets

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