When flying in an $80 million supersonic private jet, you would expect to have windows to look out and see the world whiz past you. That will not be the case with Spike Aerospace’s planned jet. It is set to take to the skies in 2018 with screens airing virtual skies instead of actual windows.
The decision to remove the windows came down to logistics – you can have a safer, more streamlined plane without them. According to Wired, windows are included to stave off feelings of claustrophobia but planes are stronger without them. To alleviate any feelings of being trapped in a box, Spike Aerospace is including wraparound screens, which will either display outside skies or can be changed to a range ambient images.
Spike founder Vik Kachoria told Wired:
A few advisers and friends are concerned that there are no windows. But I think that if you give them the screens and give them the visibility, you might be able to get away from that.
The more streamlined plane will be able to carry 18 passengers at a speed of 1,370 mph
This is not the first time PSFK has seen screens used to create a sense of space while traveling. Earlier this year we reported that Royal Caribbean cruise ship will offer virtual balconies to those who are staying below deck.