Planned supersonic jet will replace windows with giant screens

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    We have seen the future of flight — and it does not include windows. The latest idea for a supersonic business jet from Spike Aerospace involves replacing cabin portholes with windowless display screens showing a fake view. Claustrophobes, take note.

    "Cameras surrounding the entire aircraft will construct breathtaking panoramic views displayed on the cabin screens," Vik Kachoria, president of the Boston-based company, wrote in a blog post.

    Passengers would be able to change the image or dim the screen to sleep — assuming the gizmo always works.

    As the company points out, getting rid of windows solves a pesky design problem of supersonic flight: Windows slow things down and add to the weight of the plane. For a jet meant to cut flight time in half, "The very smooth exterior skin will reduce the drag normally caused by having windows," Kachoria noted.


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    An illustration shows the outside of the proposed plane. (Photo: courtesy of Spike Aerospace)

    Spike Aerospace hopes to launch the new aircraft by December 2018.
     
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    something tells me that those windows/screens are the least of their problems.

    Page me in December 2018.
     
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    Cant wait to see this one! Roll on technology, with what we can achieve today anything's possible. Oh, & is Branson behind this??
     
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    As long as they keep a window for pilots.
     
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    Are those wings set too far back to balance the center of gravity with the engines in the tail section? Maybe add small wings on the nose (forgot what you call them). Wings straight out instead of swept back or in a delta wing shape? Heat and thrust from those two (maybe four) engines in two cones on the tail interferring with, or damaging the V-shaped tail on the aircraft? Remember the V-tailed Beechcraft (was it the Baron?) that was decidedly harder to handle.
     
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    Believe aircraft was the beach tail bonanza !!
     
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    Thanks, I was thinking that one or the Baron, wasn't sure.
     
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    I have flown the piper arrow T tail which is harder to land because of the sink rate with the design of the tail! image.jpg
     
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    Yep, that's the bird I was thinking of. Sharp looking, tough to handle with that V tail.
    Lots of T tail commercial aircraft flying today, Dash-8's and the MD80 models and derivatives, and they seem to have to land with more of a flat atitude rather then the usual slightly nose up configurations of the regular empenage on larger planes, to keep the lift required by the T tail for balance on approach. Boeing's 727 had sink rate problems.
     
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    Are they canards?
     
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    Yes, thanks.
     
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    What's wrong with Carnardians? Just because they beat us at hockey!
     
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