This might sound a tad bit too ambitious, but if aircraft manufacturer Airbus has their way, passengers will soon be flying across continents in a passenger jets with a completely transparent fuselage. Aircrafts will be designed to give passengers the feeling of floating in the sky while also giving them a 360-degree view of the cities below and the heavens above. Yes, that’ll be you floating anywhere from 500 feet to over 40000 feet in the air. The engines on Airbus’s “Concept Plane” are expected to be embedded in the plane’s fuselage rather than attached to its wings to reduce engine noise. Airbus believes that a plane could be manufactured with a hi-tech ceramic skin, which the captain could send an electrical pulse through at the press of a button. The cabin roof, walls and floor would then become see-through, giving passengers a 360-degree view of their surroundings. Airbus’ head of research and technology, Axel Krein, told German publication Der Spiegel: ‘The planes of the future will offer an unparalleled, unobstructed view of the wonders of the five continents – where you will be able see the pyramids or the Eiffel Tower through the transparent floor of the aircraft’.
The plans were revealed in the company’s report entitled ‘The Future, By Airbus’ in which engineers at the European aerospace giant were asked to imagine what flights could be like in 2050. Another concept plane was a ‘Cryoplane’, which would be fuelled by hydrogen, along with streamline engines that are embedded in the plane’s fuselage rather than attached to its wings to reduce engine noise. Other ideas in the report include an aircraft skin that can repair itself in the event of cracks using microscopic nano-capsules containing a high-tech adhesive to seal the fissure. The company claims nano-materials could also be used to enable seats to be ‘self-cleaning’. And it’s not just the plane. Passenger comfort continues to remain key; with reports that suggested that ‘morphing’ seats will be able to adjust to the shape of the passenger for a snug fit and that holographic projections could be used in the cabin to create virtual decors.
Now, if you are afraid of heights – we suggest you to take the ship.