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Spike Aerospace flies supersonic unmanned test flight

• https://www.nextbigfuture.com, brian wang

The jet is an early unmanned prototype of the company's 18 passenger S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet. The SX-1.2 test flights proved that the aerodynamic design of the aircraft is valid and provided a tremendous amount of data regarding the flight characteristics of the aircraft.

The prototypes is for a supersonic jets that will have a top speed of 1,354 mph.

The plan if for $60 million 18 passenger S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet.

In total, seven short flights were performed to test the design and flight controls of the jet. Between each test flight, adjustments were made to the aircraft's center of mass, balance and control surfaces. Additional performance data was observed and collected.

KrishnaKumar Malu piloted the aircraft, assisted by Mike Ridlon, at a private airfield in New England. Mr. Malu said "These test flights are providing incredibly valuable information which we can use to refine the design. I am very excited about how helpful these tests will be to our supersonic development program."

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