What if we told you that one day you’ll be able to get from New York to almost anywhere in Europe in around four hours? Sounds pretty incredible, no? Well, Spike Aerospace, an aerospace firm based in Boston, MA and Florida, is currently working on the Spike S-512 Supersonic Business Jet that flies at a speed of Mach 1.6 (500mph faster than other civilian jets).
The Spike S-512 Supersonic Business Jet cuts travel time by more than 50%, featuring a multiplex digital cabin that seats anywhere from 12-18 passengers. Spike Aerospace paints the picture as traveling on a 3-hour flight to London for lunch and a business deal before returning home to your bed in New York for the night.
Talk of supersonic travel’s return has been circulating for some time now, following the Concorde’s final flight in 2003 that went from NYC to London in record time (two hours 52 minutes, and 59 seconds). In most recent news, Boom Supersonic’s ‘Overture’ model is expected to be ready by 2029, traveling at a speed of Mach 1.7 over water (or 1,304mph).
However, “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 the disruptive sonic boom effect that is prohibited globally.” Apparently, “The Concorde produced such a tremendous sonic boom effect that it was restricted to flights over transoceanic routes – primarily NYC to London or Paris.”
Destination & travel times for Spike S-512 Supersonic Business Jet routes include:
- NYC to London: 3 hours
- NYC to LA: 2.23 hours
- NYC to Dubai: 6.5 hours
- NYC to Moscow: 4.5 hours