Solar Stratos – Stratospheric Flight Without a Drop of Fuel

SolarStratos is a manned aerial vehicle with a two-person capacity, an incredibly large wingspan, and the ability to completely run on solar power! The massive wingspan has a twofold purpose. It not only enables the plane to fly without using as much propelling power, but it also comes with solar panels mounted all over it. The Swiss-based company’s plane sets records for being the first solar-powered airplane to reach heights of 25,000 meters. Made from custom as well as off-the-shelf parts, the SolarStratos comes with an Austrian-made 20 kWh battery, solar panels from California-based SunPower, and given the heights it reaches, the pilots will be clad in specially designed pressurized spacesuits made by Russian company Zvezda. SolarStratos’s founder Raphaël Domjan hopes to develop a technology that can battle climate change and champion solar power over high octane fuel. Once the technology is proven to work, the company aims to build a 3-manned vehicle too that will include a pressurised cabin and will operate commercial space tourism flights as soon as 2021. And don’t forget to check private plane Akoya and electric airplane Panthera.

$120 Million Supersonic Business Jet Aerion AS2

Aerion Corporation, of Reno, Nev., is taking orders now for its supersonic private jet, the Aerion AS2. Last year Airbus Group agreed to lend engineering support to the company, and the aircraft is now in development. The company says its proprietary laminar-flow technology reduces aerodynamic drag over the wings by up to 80 percent, enabling the three-engine jet to achieve efficient long-range flight. Supersonic speeds can cut flight time by 3 hours between Paris and Washington, D.C., and by 6.5 hours between San Francisco and Singapore, the company says. Supersonic flight is currently prohibited above the land areas of the United States and many other countries, due to concerns about sonic booms; however, flight speed above oceans is unrestricted. Aerion is working to develop its Boomless Cruise technology that would ensure the shock waves created by supersonic flight would dissipate well above ground level. The AS2 will be built mainly from carbon fiber, with titanium alloy along the leading edge of each wing. The 30-foot-long cabin will seat up to 11. Maximum range is expected to be about 5,400 miles, and top speed is Mach 1.5. The company hopes the first $120 million AS2 will be flying by 2021.

Luxurious ‘Bell 525 Relentless’ Helicopter

Today we want to show you a really luxurious helicopter. The Bell 525 Relentless is now in development and will feature a variety of gorgeous interiors that are commonly found aboard private jets. It’ll have a customizable 88-square-foot cabin that boasts oversized swivel seating, conference layouts, and a mini galley. At first glance, you not might even realize that it’s the inside of a helicopter! While passengers will be comfortable, the flight crew will also have state-of-the-art equipment. The 525 Relentless is the first commercial helicopter with a fly-by-wire cockpit, and it features sidekick controls with an integrated touchscreen Garmin flight deck. Cruising speeds can reach 178 miles per hour and fly up to 575 miles without having to refuel. This allows it to meet the demands of emergency response crews as well as corporate shuttle missions. The helicopter is expected to fly sometime this spring with deliveries starting next year. Pricing is not available at this time.

IXION Windowless Private Jet Concept

International agency Technicon Design has created a concept for a private jet that replaces windows with screens that can display the external environment inside the cabin. “The ethos of the project is simple, to challenge current thinking, and propose something a little different, but not just a fantasy,” said Technicon design director Gareth Davies. “It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion. We quickly settled on the controversial yet interesting idea of removing the windows from the cabin and using existing or very near future technology to display the exterior environment to the inside surfaces of the cabin via external cameras.” Cameras on the plane’s fuselage – the main body – and wings would capture the surrounding views, which would be projected onto high-resolution screens on the sides and ceiling in the cabin. The low-voltage display would be powered by solar panels integrated into the roof. Removing the windows would reduce the weight of the plane, making it more fuel efficient, simplify construction and allow greater flexibility for interior layouts. Passengers would sit in armchairs and bench seats facing two directions, some with tables in between. Air conditioning and lighting would be provided by strips along the jet’s body, breaking up the screens into three panels. Any imagery could be projected onto the displays to create different moods in the cabin, including a traditional plane interior if desired. “The user experience is greatly enhanced by directly engaging the passengers with the environment outside, to the point of exhilaration by giving an unhindered panoramic view from the inside,” said Davies.

Totally Wild Argodesign’s Drone Ambulance

The “Drone ambulance” concept from design firm Argodesign for Fastcodesign’s body week initiative, visualizes how emergency services can be made faster in our congested, urban environments. Acting to reduce an estimated 1,000 “saveable” lives that are lost due to slow accident response times, the one-person vehicle which is modeled after a standard quadcopter, would be driven by GPS, an aviator or a mixture of both. This idea would enable a single pilot to control a whole fleet remotely, and to take over the manual controls for difficult takeoffs and landings. The drone would be able to land almost anywhere at the scene, thanks to its footprint which is the size of a compact car, so that a patient could be loaded up and then flown back to hospital for further treatment.

Collapsible Aeromobil 3.0 Flying Car

The fourth prototype of the flying car, the “Aeromobil 3.0″ features a number of advanced technologies that shortens its take-off time. It transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. This latest steel framework and carbon coated transformer was presented at the Pioneers Festival 2014, in Vienna. As a car, the “Aeromobil 3.0” is road legal, drives on regular gasoline and can fit into standard parking spaces. When morphed into a plane, it can take-off and land from airports, grass strips and paved surfaces by only needing a few hundred meter long runway. Using a rotax 912 engine, it has a top speed of 124mph and can take-off when 90mph is reached. Its range of 430 miles and fuel consumption of 15 liters per hour is achievable because of the composite materials construction. A regular flight-testing program has been conducted since October 2014 to continue the improvement and development of the “aeromobil”.

Electric Helicopter E-Volo VC200 – Flying Became Much Safer

Today we want to show you the E-Volo VC200 that has become the first electric helicopter to make a successful maiden flight, with multiple flights lasting several minutes and reaching heights of nearly 22 meters high. Together with 18-rotor blades and a disassemblable architectural system, the volocopter has been designed to host two passengers for distances of up to 100km and a flight altitude of up to 6500 ft. Equipped with an automated control system, the pilot no longer needs to worry about flight conditions: the E-copter is controlled via on-board computers that work in coordination with numerous hi-tech sensors. All parts connect to an intelligent mesh network. In the event of a failure of several components, the low-maintenance aircraft is still able to land safely. The construction of the helicopter integrates six rotor arms with three drives which are supplied from different energy sources. Each is powered by 20 independent computers, capable of individually navigating the volocopter in mid-air. In the current prototype of the VC200, the 18 drives are supplied by six central battery blocks with a reserve capacity of 50%; even when two battery blocks fail, a safe landing is possible.

Luxury Cruise Airship “Aether” Concept by Mac Byers

Based on an airship platform, the “Aether” cruise experience by UK-based designer Mac Byers allows guests to experience a wider range of destinations in a shorter time, all the while enjoying some of the greatest views imaginable. The exterior of the vehicle is conceived to look unlike any airship ever produced – removing notions of danger, like the hindenburg disaster in 1937 . The concept visually communicates a new generation airship that is not only safe but clean, influenced by the thunderbird 2, star wars and the NASA space shuttle. Drawing reference from suspension bridge cables, the lobby integrates structural cords for details like stairways and tables. The interior space has been designed to be as open as possible – encouraging social interaction and providing a communal gathering place for users to meet.

Electric Airplane “Panthera” by Pipstrel

The Pipistrel Panthera 4-seater aircraft has been unveiled at the Aero Expo in Freidrichshafen, Germany.This compact plane can zoom in the skies at 200 knots of speed, but consuming 41% less fuel as compared to anything within the competing league. It can be ordered with a standard, albeit highly efficient, gas engine. But it’s also available in an all-electric model, which can cover a distance of 400 km on a single charge and is supported by the state-of-the-art battery system for the environmentally conscious high-flyers. Besides a slick streamlined design, the inside of the Panthera includes generously sized touchscreen aviation instruments, front seats that look like they were lifted from a luxury sports car, and extra wide back seats for added passenger comfort. There’s also plenty of storage space for luggage.

Flying Home “Wolke 7” by Timon Sager

Do you remember comfortable trailer home “ProtoHaus”? This time we will show you another way how you can travel. The designer Timon Sager offers to travel in very unusual way – in the sky. He created home concept Wolke 7 that perfectly blends a flying structure with a comfortable home. –°reative blend of dirigible and modern house. The flying fortress looks like it was brought straight from the future. Take a look!

Helicopter Concept by Héctor Del Amo

The shape of concept of helicopter creared by Spanish designer Héctor Del Amo resembles the zero. Hence it’s called ZERO. This model should serve as a personal urban transport. Quite intersting solution considering size of urban congestion. Take a look!

SAI Quiet Supersonic Transport

Aviation consortium Supersonic Aerospace International (SAI), based in Nevada, USA, is developing a supersonic aircraft called Quiet Supersonic Transport (QSST). This 12-seat business jet aircraft with two engines will move at speeds of Mach 1.6 to 1.8. SAI has invited engine proposals from General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce. As expected engines will be selected in 2010, first flight will be held in 2014, and aircraft can be bought in 2016. Price for such luxury will be about $80 million.