What will be the super planes of the future?
Many innovators and engineers are designing ideas of what will be the super planes of the future. What do you imagine to be a super plane of the future? Ultimately, the planes described below will be beyond your wildest fantasies.
Before 1903, when the Wright Brothers made their historic first flight, humans being able to take to the air like a bird was considered mere fantasy. Over a hundred years later, we take it for granted, and air travel is run of the mill.
But many flight engineers are still imagining amazing new innovations in air travel, and many may soon become a reality. These are the latest ideas that we are likely to see very soon.
Windowless Supersonic Jet
Imagine traveling from London to New York in only 3 hours. Accordingly, Spike Aerospace are developing a business plane called the S-512 Supersonic Jet.
This is over 720km/ph faster than a regular flight. What is radical about this design is that it doesn’t create a sonic boom, which is prohibited around the world. The Multiplex Digital Cabin also promises to be luxurious and give panoramic views.
Airbus Concept Plane
Airbus want to innovate passenger comfort and find ways to be environmentally friendly with the materials that they utilize to do this.
Passenger safety is at the forefront as they endeavor to use new scientific techniques that enable the materials used to construct the plane to self-heal in the case of damage. At the same time, they envisage quieter and more fuel efficient engines and wing and tail design that also contribute to a smoother glide.
Hybrid Air Vehicles have brought back the helium airship to marry the best features of helicopters with those of fixed winged aircraft.
Consequently, this giant and almost weightless aircraft would stay in the air for 5 days – 2 weeks if it is unmanned.
AWWA Sky Whale
Oscar Vinals, a Spanish designer, has visualized a concept plane that will dwarf the already enormous Airbus A380.
Utilizing futuristic technologies such as hybrid propulsion and self-repairing wings, it also would be able to have a near vertical take-off due to it’s swiveling engines.
AWWA-QG Progress Eagle
Imagine a plane that could generate its own solar power, all the while being a quiet giant in the sky. Another vision conceived by Oscar Vinals that he believes could become a reality in 2030.
Vinals utilized ideas based on quantum physics. By the same token, he claims technologies required to make this plane a reality are available today in advanced labs around the globe.
Engineers from universities in London and Cyprus have combined their visions to design a seaplane that would utilize a floating airport for passengers to board and alight from.
They claim that these planes that glide above the ocean would be more efficient than regular planes. Moreover, they would not create noise pollution in populated areas.
British chemists have developed a compound that self-heals. Which means that amongst other potential uses, exploiting it on wing technology on aircraft could save the millions of pounds that are wasted every time an aircraft is grounded when tiny cracks form.
They have discovered that the material maintains the same strength after healing as it did before the crack formed.
This aircraft is planned to reach speeds of over Mach 10, which is five times faster than the Concorde. The US and China are currently working on the engine designs that can achieve this.
It is envisaged that it would use a “magnetic railgun launching system” which uses electricity, and the aircraft would ignite rockets that combine kerosene and liquid oxygen to reach desired altitudes. At this point, it would then continue its journey using it’s “scramjet” engine.
German researchers have designed a concept hypersonic jet that could travel between London and Melbourne in just 90 minutes. It is based on the Space Shuttle model whereby a launch takes place in two stages.
11 rocket engines would propel it initially, and once it is at an immensely high altitude of 80 kilometers, the passenger glider would descend in the direction of its destination.