Unique supersonic passenger airliner SX-1.2 first took to the air
Passenger air transport, despite the fact that already are one of the fastest means of transport, have great potential for growth. For example, in the Air Force for a long time in the course of supersonic aircraft, while passenger aircraft still can not boast the same rates. And the company Spike Aerospace has recently experienced a first type of unmanned supersonic passenger aircraft of a new type, on which she worked for several years.
The future model of the passenger aircraft will be known as S-512, while the "intermediate" version called the SX-1.2. The plane made a successful take-off from a private airfield strip in New England and is remotely controlled by two pilots. During the test the test plane made seven short flights have helped to gather all the necessary information. During the flights, special sensors placed at critical locations of the aircraft, to collect and transmit information about the behavior of the aircraft in the air. Estimated speed of the aircraft balance, center of gravity of the load information on the structural elements during the various maneuvers. As stated by representatives Spike Aerospace,
"The first test flights have given us a lot of incredibly valuable information that we will use to further improve the structure of the airplane. The collected data already allow us to begin work on the production of a full-scale version of the aircraft S-512. SX-1.2 tested in real conditions, which ensured us to obtain more and better quality data than can provide tests in the wind tunnel. "
With regard to the characteristics of supersonic aircraft, according to the authors, it is capable of carrying 22 passengers and 5 crew members at a distance of 10,000 kilometers. And because of the unique structure of the fuselage and wing, the aircraft produces virtually no impact noise when breaking the sound barrier. Asserted speed equals 1, 6 swing. Another interesting feature is that the plane will not have windows. Instead, they will use high-quality displays. The first flight of the finished aircraft S-512 to be held in 2021, and the massive entry into the market - in 2023.