Spike Aerospace and Tech Mahindra formalized plans to collaborate on the development of the Spike S-512 supersonic business jet with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Tuesday. According to Spike, Mahindra will bring expertise in areas including composite airframe design, stress analysis and optimization. Spike has also formed partnerships with Siemens, MAYA Simulation, Greenpoint Technologies, BRPH and Quartus Engineering.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with Tech Mahindra and their experienced team of engineers,” said Spike Aerospace CEO Vik Kachoria. “Tech Mahindra has provided engineering support to several programs and we are proud to have them as a partner on the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet program.”
Introduced in 2013, the twin-engine S-512 “low-boom” supersonic jet is expected to have a top cruise speed of Mach 1.6, range of 6,200 NM and seating for up to 18 passengers. Spike says aircraft noise levels will be less than 75 PLdB at ground level. The $100 million-plus S-512 will feature a windowless cabin with full-length panoramic display screens, 360-degree high-definition external cameras and a customizable interior.
Meh! Is it me, or does this whole thing about supersonic private jets seem like much ado about nothing?
TV screens in place of Windows? $100M + per aircraft?
How long has the Boom project been in planning with not much to show for it? I recall seeing one of their booths at NBAA when Tom Poberezny was still leading EAA.
I put “Mahindra” into the AvWeb search. Mahindra has tried their hand at aviation and not had much success. Maybe engineering and building supersonic jets will change their luck???