We’re fascinated with innovation within the aviation community here at PrivateFly. As true AvGeeks, we’re always discussing new design concepts for upcoming private and commercial aircraft.
Probably some of the most exciting concepts come from those thinking about the aircraft of the far off future. These often sci-fi looking aircraft designs get our hearts racing over the new possibilities and ease in regards to the future of flying.
One of the latest design concepts comes from Spanish designer and aviation enthusiast Oscar Viñals. Following the “Sky Whale” earlier last year, his latest design visualizes a commercial eco-jet, dubbed the “Progress Eagle”.
Targeted as the future aircraft for 2030, this aircraft design includes six hydrogen fuel energy engines that powerfully thrust the airplane off the ground, then utilizes a rear wind generation to provide self-generated electrical power once up in the clouds.
The aircraft is designed to be more efficient thanks to its air intake diffuser that controls the aerodynamics and reduces its drag, while also using hybrid, quantum solar cells positioned on the roof in a hexagonal pattern. This combination of economical and environmentally friendly technologies ensures that there are zero contaminant emissions, while also producing 75% less noise than current planes.
In addition to being eco-friendly, the “Progress Eagle” will be able to comfortably accommodate 800 passengers on its three decks. It’s even introduced a new “pilot’s class” level, where passengers will be situated at the front of the plane, enjoying a panoramic view along with a host of advanced entertainment technologies. To accomplish this, the cockpit is relocated to the unusual front extrusion of the second deck, and features a special crew-member’s room with beds, coffee office and a work space.
The jet itself is made of a composition of carbon fiber, graphene, ceramic, aluminum, titanium, and shape-memory alloy materials. Additionally, its ultra-slim wings (which measure 325 feet from tip to tip) have double arrow geometry and can fold into sections when being taxied or held at airports.
While this design concept may be a very futuristic concept, requiring many leaps in technology in order to become reality, it’s definitely still exciting. It’s thrilling to imagine one of these enormous aircraft taking flight at some point in the future and how its existence would change air travel as we know it.