Spike Aerospace’s efforts to develop the supersonic S-512 business jet are receiving a boost under a partnership with Indian technology giant Tech Mahindra. Through the partnership, Tech Mahindra will bring engineering, optimization, and composites expertise to the low-boom Mach 1.6 jet.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with Tech Mahindra and their experienced team of engineers,” said Spike president and CEO Vik Kachoria, noting Tech Mahindra’s Aerospace and Defense Group has provided engineering support to a number of commercial, business aviation, and defense programs. This has included design and analysis, verification, testing, and certification support. “Spike will be able to leverage their expertise in composite airframe design, stress analysis, and optimization.”
Spike has outlined a vision for an 18-passenger supersonic business jet that will provide a lower boom to mute the effect of sound reaching the ground. Spike’s ambitions further are to develop a pathway to zero-carbon flight by 2040.
“Tech Mahindra is excited to be working to advance aviation with a program that will enable passengers to reach destinations in just half the time it currently takes, certainly this will bring a revolution in the aviation industry,” said Lakshmanan Chidambaram, Tech Mahindra’s president of Americas Strategic Verticals. “In this collaboration, Spike and Tech Mahindra will work together to refine and optimize the aircraft design.”