Science & Travel: What do you think of Airbus' Newly Patented Passenger Plane

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    Nov 20, 2014 1:58 AM GMT
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    Nov 20, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    According to the patent application, the craft would address a long-standing problem for plane designers — pressurized cabins, which stress planes on the front and back ends and require heavy, reinforced frames.

    The patent says the new design would distribute that pressure in a way that would be more "economic and efficient."

    Airbus says the design also has an additional benefit: Seating passengers in a circle, doughnut-style, allows for more fliers than the old-fashioned paper-towel-holder-with-two-wings.

    "An approximately cylindrical geometry limits possibilities for increasing the passenger carrying capacity of the aircraft," the patent says.

    Airbus spokesman Justin Dubon, though, told NPR that the design is not currently in production — and may never be. Dubon says the company files more than 600 patents every year.
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    Nov 20, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    Interesting, but I only counted 118 seats in there, so I don't know how cost-effective it might be. Also, I'd sure like to know where the windows and exits are.

    Give me a good old 727S any day!
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    Nov 20, 2014 5:35 PM GMT
    The flying wing is an old design. In fact our newest stealth bomber is basically a flying wing. It does have some aerodynamic advantages. Looks like it requires a lot of sheet metal so maybe the less efficient cylindrical design is cheaper to construct. Though I'm sure fuel costs are factored into the calculus.
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    Nov 20, 2014 8:18 PM GMT
    Why not eliminate pressurization and provide oxygen masks instead? It would save a lot of money thereby making lower fares possible.
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    Nov 20, 2014 9:16 PM GMT
    Looks like the UN Security Council, in a plane. Now there's an idea. They could enforce their own resolutions, in real time, by stealth bomber.
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    Nov 20, 2014 10:01 PM GMT
    It is crap! I'm more interested in a solution that would get me to Australia from NYC in less that 6 hours.
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    Nov 21, 2014 10:49 AM GMT
    Aren't planes designed like this faster than planes designed like traditional commercial planes--that's why many military planes have wider wings and why that old Air France supersonic or whatever plane that crossed the Atlantic Ocean fast had wide wings?
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    Nov 21, 2014 3:24 PM GMT
    Blondizgd saidIt is crap! I'm more interested in a solution that would get me to Australia from NYC in less that 6 hours.


    The SST, aka Concorde, might have worked, but its limited range, due to high fuel consumption and other issues, kept it from becoming a viable solution. Last time I flew LAX-SYD it took 14 hrs., but it wasn't too bad up in business class.
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    Nov 22, 2014 12:02 AM GMT
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    Blondizgd saidIt is crap! I'm more interested in a solution that would get me to Australia from NYC in less that 6 hours.


    The SST, aka Concorde, might have worked, but its limited range, due to high fuel consumption and other issues, kept it from becoming a viable solution. Last time I flew LAX-SYD it took 14 hrs., but it wasn't too bad up in business class.


    I only fly first or business for flights more than 4 hours. Whether in business or first - it is still 14 hours and a damn waste of time. I'm usually ready to go postal after 6 hours.
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    Nov 22, 2014 1:44 AM GMT
    The dancefloor in the centre would be useful to those that can't stand sitting
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    Nov 22, 2014 4:05 AM GMT
    MGINSD said
    Blondizgd saidIt is crap! I'm more interested in a solution that would get me to Australia from NYC in less that 6 hours.


    The SST, aka Concorde, might have worked, but its limited range, due to high fuel consumption and other issues, kept it from becoming a viable solution. Last time I flew LAX-SYD it took 14 hrs., but it wasn't too bad up in business class.


    Thanks MGINSD, yes, the Concorde.
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    Nov 22, 2014 4:12 AM GMT
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    The formation of trailing vortices behind large planes endangers closely following light aircraft. (Right) Smoke injection makes a trailing vortex visible.