Gallery: TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Energy-Efficient Oriens Glider

Roland Cernat's Oriens Motor Glider

This stunning energy-efficient glider recently took top prize in the Lucky Strike Junior Designer Competition for its innovative re-envisioning the life-cycle of the airplane. Designed by Roland Cernat, the Oriens Glider is constructed entirely of recyclable materials, runs on clean energy, and boasts a sleek translucent shell finished with glossy organic contours.

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  1. Alan Larson July 20, 2008 at 2:10 am

    It’s pretty. However, he leaves out details like structural strength so it doesn’t fold up the first time the wings try to lift its weight. There is no hint of what magical material will be strong enough to support this craft.
    Looking at the pictures, there appears to be no place for luggage or the combustion engine. Interestingly,
    some pictures show the body to be transparent behind the seats, others show it white opaque.
    Another magical material is the “transparent” solar cells — remember, if something is transparent, light passes through it. If light passes through it, it doesn’t capture the energy from the light. Also, note that solar cells have metal on their backside (as noted elsewhere in the pictures) which also prevents them being transparent.
    There really isn’t room to stash a useful prop in the space shown, either.

    Magical materials and energy sources are nice dreams, but if you want to build something, it has to be made with real materials, not magic.

    Sorry, this annoys me, because these folks are not solving any real problems — they are just daydreaming.

  2. IGreenSpot July 17, 2008 at 2:23 am

    cool design, especially the transparent body, can make you feel really at the top of the world

  3. BlueBerry July 15, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    WOW, I’m loving it. Great design.

  4. ac1dfl3sh July 15, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I think it’s a beautiful design. To bad it’s only a concept for now- I would love to see these things zipping around!

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