For an overcrowded world of future, transportation designers are working on aptly suitable futuristic transportation systems. Apparently, in next 50 years, we will have invented advance materials and technologies. Flying cars are already here and in future air traffic will be high. So, designers are concentrating on public transportation with lesser energy consumption and lesser emissions. While, the principles of flights almost remain the same as they are presently, the designs seem to have evolved. Try to imagine transportation 50 years from now, or scroll down the page to get some help in imagining the finest aircraft designs from the future.
This odd design is meant to give a wide and clear views of blue skies and earth below to the passengers, somewhat similar to what a pilot sees from the cockpit. Triton has a 42 foot wingspan and each wing hosts its own passenger pod. Each pod allows excellent panoramic view. In the central fuselage is placed the pilot cockpit. Triton gets its power from a 450-horsepower Rolls Royce turboprop. According to design from Micronautix, building one Triton will cost over $60 million. The designer also hints at a hybrid electric version that can fly silently over noise sensitive areas.
An entirely electric transportation system that appears to be a blend of an aircraft and a train, the Horizon System is meant to pick up passengers inside the small SklyLink trains while both are in motion. Through local SkyStations, passengers would be able to board the Hrizon System. The Skylink pod picks up passengers and moves toward airstrip, where pods are picked up by the SkyShip. The aircraft always sails along the maglev rails, hence does not touch ground at all. The aircraft picks up pods and drops them at their respective destinations. The pods have integrated battery packs that begin to recharge when pod is dropped and reaches transit rails. The interior features a central common space with large glass window to offer stunning views of the outside world.
Designer Reindy Allendra imagined transportation system for 85 years from now and came out with the futuristic WP-1010 aircraft concept. The aircraft is based on advance technologies and better materials. It can accommodate more than 1,500 people and cruise at a speed of nearly 1,000 kmph. The material will be similar to GLARE with Helium injected inside the body and windows made of ‘smart glass.’ Aircraft can harness wind energy as well, but rely on a main source of energy. The ship can land vertically.
Designed with integrated photovoltaic cells on its large roof, this futuristic aircraft relies on solar energy. While a traditional plane requires maximum amount of fuel for a take off, this futuristic ride is air inflated, so doesn’t require additional source of energy. The concept is originally conceived by industrial designer Daphnis Fournier.
Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) is working on a project that will one day produce modular aircraft similar of the Triton aircraft. It can pick up modules (train pods) directly from railway station and disembark in the middle of Rome without even setting foot on an air terminal. In nutshell, the Clip-Air project focuses on a design in which speed of air travel is merged with the flexibility of rail transport. On the other hand, passenger cars are put behind a locomotive, similar to modern day trains. A flying wing contains engines, cockpit, fuel and landing gear. It can carry up to three modules with a collective capacity of 450 people. The concept eliminates need of traveling to airport terminals as they are picked up directly from railway stations.
Presently under construction, 555-ft long Aeros ML866 will be the world’s largest aircraft that uses a combination of buoyancy and lift to cruise easily through air. It’ll feature 5,000 square feet of interior room with a huge lounge space. It will be able to take off vertically, without needing a runway. Capable of carrying a cargo weighing close to 60 metric tonnes, the floating yacht will be able to travel at a maximum speed of 222 km/h at an altitude of 3.65 km.
The aircraft shows a major deviation from conventional design, and imagines a gravity-defying journey in an aircraft with transparent skin. The fuselage isn’t wrapped in opaque steel, but is made of a web-like network of structural material that looks like a skeleton. The design is based on the bone structure of birds and uses advanced materials. To give it a precise form, components are 3D printed with no waste. It also suggests a brain-like network of intelligence, capable of responding to interior climate conditions and passenger needs. The electrical systems are wireless and are free of wires, cables and switches.