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Private supersonic jet to debut at $80 million

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 If long-haul flights take up too much of your time, perhaps reserving a supersonic jet is for you.

The Spike Aerospace S-512 promises to cut long-haul flights -- which can take up to 23 hours, depending on your intended destination -- in half in comparison to today's commercial carriers. A creation of Boston-based Spike Aerospace, with engineers formerly from companies including Airbus, the supersonic carrier is intended to become tomorrow's preferred form of business travel.

Each one will only set you back between $60 and $80 million.

The S-512's current specifications state the jet can fly at a speed of 1,100mph, and can comfortably seat between 16 and 18 passengers. Complete with two engines, the plane is 131 feet in length with a wingspan of 60ft, and  a maximum range of 4000 miles.

If you're interested, the firm says that deliveries will begin in December 2018. However, considering that U.S. administrators currently ban supersonic flights over the country due to the boom when breaking the speed of sound, the company is likely to encounter problems if it wants to launch the product within the United States.

Via: Wired

Image credit: Spike Aerospace

— By on January 2, 2014, 3:25 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

Contributing Editor

Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure