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Airbus Concept Of Future Aircraft

November 1, 2010 2 comments

After my post on the challenges facing the aviation industry and the delay of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, I have more interesting but equally dissapointing news. Airbus has been having a lot of discussions and research on the future of aircraft, with energy efficiency and alternative sources of fuel as their main problems. Well, this is what they came up with….I bet you can visualize it even before i show you the photo.

Courtesy of Airbus, Future Aircraft Concept

This picture shows a jumbo jet with solar panels on big portions of the fuselage, including the wings! Looks like a very smart idea but they knew well in advance that solar energy would not be enough to sustain the aircraft in the aircraft. The did not discuss the solutions further but looks like they will be using normal jet fuel with the help of these huge panels to reduce the fossil fuel consumption.

They also discussed possibilities of using alternative fuels like hydrogen and biofuel. However, they didn’t give much detail to that either and left it open as a problem to be solved later.

Another issue discussed was the reduction of aircraft noise and the congestion of the airport. They had a few concept photos to showcase on aircraft noise…



Airbus Quiet jets

The design features were not discussed in detail either. However, you can access their full report by clicking on the photo above.

Categories: Mechanics


December 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Hi there. I have been waiting for your proposals but i haven’t received any to date. So if you feel your idea might be stolen due to publicity, then i’ll be glad if you send it via email to:
I have a wild thought that i will throw out to you all: I’ve been spending some time marvelling at the jet engine. It is actually one of the best inventions and breakthroughs in the aviation industry. When you look at the build, it looks light and it really is because there aren’t many complex components. Looking at the power it produces, then one realise how big this achievement was.
The jet engine operates on a simple principle; a mass of air is ingested, compressed, mixed with fuel, ignited and accelerated backwards to produce forward motion.
In as much as the jet engine is now the universal engine for most aircraft, it has several limitations. One good example is that it chokes at high altitude due to thin air making it strain.
I would like us to think about the next concept of aircraft that will be more convenient and efficient than jet engines.
My thoughts still convince me that we can retain the main concept of action and reaction and develop around it.
Newton’s third law is a very interesting phenomena and could be utilised in a technical way other than the literal sense. Well, i will give my idea and explanation in the next post. You can subscribe to my rss blog feed above or follow me on twitter to keep up to date with my blog post. For now, its a big thank you and bye bye.

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Technology on the fast lane

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Technology is something that never stops. It has been the driver of the world since ages ago. I always wonder if one day things will move back instead of forward. Anyway,it is just food for thought. Welcome to this blog and all contributions will be very much appreciated.

Categories: Mechanics