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IXION Windowless Jet Concept–the future of flying?

By on September 7, 2014 2:50:01 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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A cool concept…by making it windowless, there will be a great savings of materials producing a lighter and stronger airframe.

So, no one wants to be shut in that way, without a way to look out and see the world, right? Well this baby will have cameras outside with 3600 pano view and the cabin walls will be screens…with possibilities for video conferencing, etc. Spike Aerospace has won design prizes with this revolutionary plane design.

Pretty cool!

 

Source (with video):

http://www.businessinsider.com/ixion-windowless-jet-concept-2014-8

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September 7, 2014 2:53:45 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Technology is great until it breaks.

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September 7, 2014 3:00:09 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I have a pretty bad fear of heights. I guarantee you I will never set foot in anything like this.

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September 7, 2014 3:02:59 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Why? It has it's pluses, you know.

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September 7, 2014 5:26:12 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I like the pictures posted with the thread, looks like good background pics for my monitor.     -- Ace --

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September 7, 2014 8:19:39 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Flying by instruments (only) has been around a long time.  This is an enhancement of that - but an expensive one?

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September 7, 2014 9:17:17 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Actually cheaper, since windows on airplanes require special metals and support. Also, it's not really flying by instruments. That refers to being in zero visibility conditions. If anything, observation is enhanced. Also, radar guided landing isn't necessary...any more than any regular aircraft.

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September 7, 2014 9:52:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

It'd be very unlikely the cockpit wouldn't still have glass.  Windowless cockpits were tried a few times...for supersonic military aircraft....forward view via periscope...[aerodynamic/tech necessity]... but convincing wobbly Joe Public to travel in a plane at the best of times doesn't always go well...and to think the potential existed where-by the pilots could be BLIND would be an absolute commercial deal-breaker....

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September 8, 2014 12:13:49 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Jafo,

It'd be very unlikely the cockpit wouldn't still have glass.  Windowless cockpits were tried a few times...for supersonic military aircraft....forward view via periscope...[aerodynamic/tech necessity]... but convincing wobbly Joe Public to travel in a plane at the best of times doesn't always go well...and to think the potential existed where-by the pilots could be BLIND would be an absolute commercial deal-breaker....[e digicons][/e]

 

I agree. Windows will always remain for pilots because in the worst case scenario where your instruments fail you want to know the pilot can at least see where he is going.

 

Cameras also make a vulnerable point. a small lens is easier to foul up than a window. While structurally stronger, if something goes wrong with it you end up blinded.

 

As a replacement for passenger windows I can see it working, but I doubt they'd ever use it for the pilots.

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September 8, 2014 1:22:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

windowless + sun = radiation

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September 8, 2014 3:44:18 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Once they invent transparent aluminum structural integrity won't be a problem. As for cameras I agree with Jafo. When all else fails being able to see where you are going is a good thing.

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September 8, 2014 4:41:55 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,

It'd be very unlikely the cockpit wouldn't still have glass. 

Indeed. When one looks at the pics in the OP, and the description...it's clear (sorry, the pun just happened) that it's the cabin whose walls are screens.

I isolated the following pic from the video:

and enhanced it a bit in Camera RAW. One can see that the cockpit windows exist as being 'darker' than the surrounding body.

From the OP:


Well this baby will have cameras outside with 3600 pano view and the cabin walls will be screens…with possibilities for video conferencing, etc.

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