Spike Aerospace says they will build the world’s first ‘quiet’ supersonic business jet and fly a subsonic prototype of the aircraft in 2017.

The Spike S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet carries 18 passengers and utilizes Spike’s proprietary technology, Quiet Supersonic Flight (QSF) which minimizes the sonic boom by optimizing the aerodynamic design of the aircraft.

Engineering is on track for a first flight of a subsonic prototype of the jet. The prototype will demonstrate low-speed aerodynamic flight characteristic. This will be followed by a series of larger jets with a supersonic demonstrator already in the works.