Is 'Progress Eagle' The Airliner of The Future?
Commercial aviation has come a long way over the past few decades. But where will it be in 2030?
One Barcelona-based designer believes we're potentially just 15 years away from flying across the globe in a triple-deck, 800-passenger aircraft.
Oscar Vinals recently revealed his ideas for a widebody aircraft of the future. Known as the AWWA-QG "Progress Eagle," the quantum airplane would boast a massive wingspan of 314 feet and feature half of a dozen engines powered by hydrogen-based fuel, according to Vinals' project page at Behance.net.
Vinals points out that the wings could be designed to fold up, providing the aircraft with more room on the tarmac.
A nearly four-minute video published to Vinals' YouTube account last month shows the conceptual aircraft from nearly every angle:
The ultimate goal of Vinals' creative approach is to reduce the environmental impact of air travel, with the Progress Eagle designed to produce zero carbon emissions. However, the current design is dependent on the development of technology as well as future energy sources.
"The Progress Eagle is based in the technology beyond 2030 with ideas from quantum mechanics," states Vinals' project page. "For these reasons, the innovations that the Progress Eagle presents could be available in 15 years' time."
The aircraft is designed with an additional main engine for generating thrust during takeoff and producing electricity with the help of solar panels. In addition to the solar panels, the design features a wind turbine that would also be used to generate electricity.
The result would be an aircraft 75 percent quieter than current jetliners.
The cockpit would be located on the aircraft's second level, which would be large enough to house offices and sleeping quarters for crew members.
While it's clear that the Progress Eagle design has been well-thought-out, there are a plethora of variables and factors set to play out over the course of the next two decades that will determine whether Vinals' dream becomes reality.
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