First proposed by SPIKE AEROSPACE in Februrary, the Buzz has gotten around and inspired a number of firms to design their own.
This Video (above) depicts the CPI concept of windowless airplane with videoscreens instead of windows, and the video below is a more detailed presentation of the IXION Conceptual Aircraft … both make a wonderful idea seem just around the corner. Again, this concept was first reported by LUXURY MAGAZINE in February on Facebook as one proposed singularly by SPIKE AEROSPACE (video at bottom).
The Race Is On – You’ll simply have to wait to see who to buy a ticket from first!
THE CPI PLAN
An emerging UK aerospace firm has released images of its windowless plane concept. Instead of windows passengers will see display screens, which can show the environment outside the plane as well as films and video conferencing.
CPI, based in north east England, believes the idea will quickly take off as planes without windows are much lighter than planes with them, and as airlines battle to save money and fuel, cost is one of their main considerations. A lighter plane will burn less fuel and will produce less CO2 emissions, which will also be better for the environment.
The entire inner surface of the fuselage would be covered with high definition, flexible displays, which would be used to conceal cabin utilities. Cameras could be mounted on the outside of the fuselage, which could then potentially give an uninterrupted display of the exterior.
But the inner surfaces could also simply be used for lighting, which could be changed to mimic sunrise and sunset on long haul journeys.
THE IXION CONCEPT
A French design agency also released its first drawings of a windowless passenger jet in August: the Ixion Windowless Jet. Although there are no firm plans yet to build the plane, with a growing number of companies committing their ideas to the drawing board, the development of the windowless plane may just be a matter of time.
Although most of us are used to windows on planes, cargo planes have never had windows in them, just ask any soldier who has been airlifted in a military transport.
And windows on planes have proven useful in the past. Even with the possibility of outside cameras on the fuselage, in the event of engine failure or loss of hydraulics and electrics, sometimes the only way to find out what’s gone wrong is to dash down the plane and look out of one of the windows, as any pilot would tell you.
THE SPIKE AEROSPACE SUPERSONIC CONCEPT
Spike Aerospace US — the originator of the windowless airplane with an uber-view — is building the first supersonic private jet, and it’s full of luxury upgrades that raises the bar even before construction has begun!
Spike Aerospace still has a grander vision, however for when its S-512 is ready for sale in 2018, Spike aims to re-launch supersonic flights between New York and London (the last commercial flight by Concorde was in October 2003).
The jet, which is designed to carry between 12 and 18 passengers in the lap of luxury, is intended to take off in December 2018.
However, despite impressive engineering, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned supersonic flight over the U.S. making popular flights such as LA to New York unlikely in the near future unless Spike makes a compelling case to lift the ban.
Companies including Nasa, Lockheed, and Boeing are currently trying to develop supersonic aircraft of their own with reduced noise – or ‘boom’ – that supersonic jets make when breaking the sound barrier.
Lockheed has a plane on the drawing board – the N2 – that also cruises at Mach 1.6 and is intended for the commercial airline trans-oceanic routes.
Vik Kachoria, President and CEO of Spike Aerospace, wrote in a blog that Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, told a New York times Dealbook conference that ‘there’s an interesting opportunity to create a supersonic, electric, vertical take-off and landing jet.’
“It seems unlikely to come from Boeing or Airbus, given that they seem to be focused on very incremental improvements to their planes as opposed to radical improvements. So it could come from a start-up.”
How prophetic his musings have proven to be!
We tend to believe that although the efficiency aspect makes more sense in a larger passenger market application (the volume theory), it will be the Luxury market that will fund the real development, and thus Spike will emerge as not only the first to enter production, but to bring their original idea to passengers as an experience they will clamor for.
The Spike Aerospace Video >>