If you’re a jet-setter who feels that air travel has lost some of its luster, then put your seat back in its upright position and get ready for a thrilling ride. Aerospace company Airbus has just announced that in the future, their planes will not only mimic the flight efficiency of a bird’s skeleton, but that the cabin walls will also be see-through! Although the new design may alarm those with a fear of flying and/or vertigo, the less faint-of-heart are sure find the prospect of soaring through the sky in a transparent plane quite enthralling.
If you, like us, enjoy flying, you could one day be able to enjoy the clouds, the birds and even the stars thanks to the futuristic technology. At a press conference at London Airbus, engineering executive vice-president Charles Champion discussed the other features that planes will have by 2050, which include seats designed to fit the body shape of travelers, relaxation zones, a fully-stocked bar and holographic pop-up gaming displays and in-flight entertainment powered by the heat of passengers’ bodies.
However, the most innovative part of the plane’s design comes from the bird bone-esque structure. It would provide strength where needed and allow for an ‘intelligent’ cabin wall membrane which would controls air temperature, as well as being see-through.
Power-wise, the concept plane would be equipped with ‘classified’ technology that would reduce fuel burn, emissions, waste and noise.
Charles Champion said: “Our research shows that passengers of 2050 will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment. The concept cabin is designed with that in mind, and shows that the journey can be as much a voyage of discovery as the destination.”
via Sky News