Boston-based Spike Aerospace has an answer for rich folk who can’t bear the 16-hour flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo–it’s the Spike Aerospace S-512–an in-the-works $80 million supersonic (mach 1.6 or 1,218 mph) business jet capable of hauling up to 18 souls to their favorite Shinjuku* sushi shack in half the time, or less.
But what’s really cool is the high-def display that runs the length of the windowless cabin, porting in real-time video from a series of tiny digital camera lenses mounted along both sides of the fuselage. Imagine sitting there, mesmerized, over your double dirty martini and the mind-bending view. Your seat-mate speaks to you. After a druggy pause/delay, you reply wittily, “Wha? You say something?”
It’s the future, baby, and it’s coming to an airport near you (if you can rally enough dollars, renmimbi or bitcoins) courtesy of former Airbus, Bombardier, and Gulfstream engineers, along with sundry investors and entrepreneurs.
The S-512 is not allowed to fly in full supersonic mode over land, however, but taking off from a coastal airport and flying over water, it’s full afterburner ON as New York slips behind you and Paris pops up a mere 3.5 hours later.
Wouldn’t it be nice if your creative team could produce such stellar results in supersonic time? We’ve heard one leading digital agency is slipping the likes of Walter White’s blue crystal into the company water cooler.
Meet you there. We obviously have some research to do.
*Shinjuku Station, Tokyo, is the world’s busiest railway station, handling more than two million passengers every day.