The future of airlines is taking a revolutionary turn with all the latest technological developments brought about in due time to allow us to make traveling cheaper, greener and faster. This holds true in the case of ariel transportation of cargo as well, made for efficient by use of Zero-emission fuel and other technological aspects designed for more space and agility. The future of flight has been briefed right below.
Solar Powered Aircrafts
The first all-electric twin-engine solar powered aircraft already took flight this month, successfully crossing the English Channel. Just within a year solar-powered drones such as the Silent Falcon are expected to hit the commercial UAV market which marks the eye-opening amount of innovation targeting the aviation industry.
The Aeroscraft ML868 marks the comeback of giant airships from the yesteryears. This 770-foot-long behemoth has the capacity to carry as much as 200 tons of cargo with cargo bays larger than any current aircraft.
We all know about the Concorde. The Aerion AS2 is the first supersonic commercial jet after the former, which flies at a speed of Mach 1.6. What makes this jet so fat? Laminar flow technology and wing-designed to trim down the drag by 20%!
Revolutionized Fuel System
In less than 15 years from now, airlines would be using plant-based fuels that would account for at least 30% of an airline’s fuel consumption. Lithium batteries too play an important role in revolutionizing the fuel system. Airbus’ hybrid commercial airliner will emit zero emission or noise on takeoff and landing due to the use of powerful lithium batteries. World’s first hydrogen powered commercial airline can be expected to take flight by 2040. The already complete (and in the testing phase) Zero Emission High Supersonic Transport passenger jet from EAD, that runs on biofuel, with cover the 6000-mile flight from Paris to Tokyo in an unbelievable 2 hours and 30 minutes!
Until now, only fighter jets enjoy the privilege of being catapulted into the air for takeoff on an aircraft carrier, which is soon going to be true in the case of commercials planes as well. This will help reduce the length of runways by one-thirds, thereby facilitating more space for ground operations.
Another technological marvel is the zero-emission Progress Eagle, a triple-decker with a capacity of 800 passengers, that uses 6 hydrogen engines, a rear engine that doubles as a wind turbine, as well as a solar panel on the roof could be expected by 2070.