The wonder of modern flight is an incredible thing. It is still one of mankind’s crowning achievements; the ability to make a hunk of metal fly! Ever since the Wright brothers first put a plane in the sky, we’ve been searching for ever more effective ways of flying. We’ve come a long way since then, with the process tweaked and technology honed. Though, sometimes, it’s too impressive for its own good. The amazing speed and technology of Concorde simply didn’t make any money!
Every small part of a plane is built specially, and to a strict specification. It’s made from the very best technology on the planet. Everything from the jet engine to the aircraft cleaning products are the most advanced in the world. There is no room for error when it comes to flying, and the technology must be powerful enough. Today we’re looking at what’s around the corner, what’s next in aviation. We think you’ll be amazed at what’s coming. Let’s take a look.
A windowless plane might not sound very appealing. In fact, it sounds like a step backwards. That’s until you realise why. Instead of windows, the inside tube of the plane will evolve into a functioning TV screen. With cameras on the outside of the plane, you’ll get a full 360 degree view of what’s outside. You’ll fly through the sky, almost weightless with the clouds around you. Many have called it terrifying, but we can’t wait to try it.
The world’s most advanced solar plane is preparing to take its first complete trip around the world. Thanks to the unrelenting power of the sun, solar power will never run out, even mid flight. With solar panels attached to the plane itself, it can gather and store energy from the light of the sun. Even as it flies through the night, it can harness the stored power. Of course, the current operation involves a light-weight aircraft akin to a glider. We’re a long way from seeing these on your next Easyjet flight! But, it proves that the technology is possible, and it could change the face of the aerospace industry.
Plane manufacturers have been tasked with finding more eco-friendly ways to fly. Current jet engines contribute a staggering amount of CO2 to the atmosphere. They are one of the leading causes of global warming, and changes must come soon. One concept that is close to commercial rollout is the idea of a lace exoskeleton. By creating super strong ‘bones’, the aircraft would be considerably lighter. As such, it would demand less fuel. Better yet, the developers at Airbus, who created this exoskeleton concept, have another trick. They intend to 3D print the composite materials. It would dramatically reduce the production costs of commercial flying.
One of the biggest contributors to weight on an aircraft is your luggage. Airbus are considering a futuristic solution to this: air beds. Yes, they intend to blow a powerful stream of air underneath the luggage, lifting it off the ground. Essentially, the luggage will become weightless.
Some of the concepts on this list are mind-boggling. We’re about a decade from any commercial rollout, but it’s exciting nonetheless!