A windowless plane?? I first learned of this concept through the Telegraph, a UK newspaper written by John O’Ceallaigh in the luxury section. A streamlined futuristic plane that states it would be more fuel- efficient for private jets than existing ones. A French Design agency by the name of Techicon Design has developed renderings of a windowless jet! Insanely innovative in my opinion.
Aerion Corporation, a company that has been working on a similar jet that can reach Mach 1.6 and is estimated for release by 2020. And Spike Aerospace has announced plans for the S-512, a business jet reaching up to speeds of Mach 1.8 and predicting it to be available by 2018.
According to Techicon, the biggest plus factor in doing this would eliminate having windows in which would cut down on the weight and then reducing fuel consumption and maintenance cost can be cut. Because this concept has been stunted in the past due to technology, it’s only a matter of time someone will develop this into a prototype and make this a reality of some sort now since technology has grown tremendously.
Based on the article on CNN.com, they state a good question, “So why has it taken nearly 50 years to revisit the concept”?
“According to Vik Kachoria, president and CEO of Spike Aerospace, one of the main issues that plagued the Concorde was the sonic boom — the disruptive noise that results from the shockwaves created when an object travels faster than the speed of sound. It would rattle windows and loosen roof tiles… At its worst, the sonic boom would sound like a loud thunder clap over your head. It would rattle windows and loosen roof tiles. It was pretty jarring. If you lived under the Concorde’s flight path, you might hear it several times a day.. The effect was so disturbing that most countries either banned supersonic flights, or restricted them from traveling over land. Understandably, this is an issue that the aerospace industry has needed to address in order to make supersonic flight viable.” Vik Kachoria, Spike Aerospace says.
The a few factors being considered and studies being conducted with technology, cost to manipulate this and the concern of Sonic Boom effect… It’s surely will be en route of having this be a reality soon.
To read the full article on this, visit http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/04/travel/this-plane-has-no-windows/.