Looking more like a spaceship than an airliner, this giant aircraft could be the future of travel as it’s powered to supersonic speeds with a miniature nuclear reactor at its core.
Known as the HSP Magnavem – Latin for “big bird” – the concept aircraft is expected to reach 1,850 km/h, meaning a flight from London to New York could take as little as THREE HOURS.
As you board the plane before your brief hop across the Atlantic, you’ll notice that the massive, arrowhead-like plane has two decks — with Business and First Class on top and “Super Tourist” class on the bottom.
It is hoped that up to 500 people could be comfortably seated in the massive aircraft – which is heavier than today’s largest passenger jets, the Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380.
And those upstairs could have “every imaginable luxury” like private suites and spas.
First-class passengers would also have an out-of-this-world view, with skylights above their seats that could either be dimmed to a shade or brightened to allow for a full view.
The 70 meter long, 590,000 kg aircraft would then power its four massive engines located at the rear of the fuselage opposite the mini fusion reactor buried beneath the passenger decks.
Electrical energy would then flow through the plane’s batteries, sending the plane flying into the sky – and reaching an altitude of 52,000 feet (15,400 m).
And then his ramjets would step in and send him flying at supersonic speeds.
The giant aircraft would also have pilots assisted by an artificial intelligence equipped with laser guidance systems that would help the crew monitor the engines and steer the vehicle.
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With a flying wing design, the distinctive aircraft would also be dotted with solar panels, further increasing the aircraft’s fuel economy as the battery recharges during flight.
Magnavem would be slightly slower than the legendary Concorde, which could reach speeds of 1353 miles per hour as it carries people from Europe to America in transatlantic luxury.
But one hopes the concept plane would solve the problems that ultimately ended dreams of supersonic travel when the joint British and French jet retired in 2003.
Concorde was killed by the noise, cost and low passenger capacity – with the posh aircraft priced higher as air travel became more affordable.
With much quieter engines, a larger passenger capacity and hopefully cheaper tickets – designer Oscar Vinals hopes the Magnavem could take the world back to the golden age of supersonic travel.
All imaginable luxuries, such as private suites, washrooms, a spa and virtual reality
He said he would like ambitious aircraft like his concept to herald a “new era” in the skies – with faster, cheaper and greener aircraft.
Oscar from Spain told The Sun Online: “It could have two decks with a capacity for 500 passengers, a ‘Super Tourist’ class with a modular system accommodating between 280 and 360 seats with a generous ‘personal distance’ between them could , a 140-seat First Class and Business Class, with breathtaking overhead views of the sky and all the luxuries imaginable, such as private suites, washrooms, a spa and virtual reality.
He explained that his vision for the future is based on reality – a mix of modern aircraft and emerging theoretical technologies.
And he hopes the design would contribute to an all-round more efficient aircraft, which could theoretically mean cheaper airline tickets.
“As the main power source, the HSP ‘Magnavem’ will be equipped with a compact fusion reactor (CFR portable) and hydrogen as fuel.
“The aircraft could be equipped with four oversized hybrid engines running on electric hydrogen fuel and two ramjet engines.
So far, however, no one has committed to building and testing one of Oscar’s monster machines.
“Due to the fact that almost all the technology of this concept is highly innovative, only institutions such as universities and specialists from the aviation sector were interested,” he explained.
However, he hopes that as these technologies develop, his designs will be picked up and one day take to the skies.
A NEW ERA”
Oscar first became interested in commercial aircraft as a hobby – mainly working as a designer for high-performance cars and motorsport.
He said: “I became interested in aviation after having a bad experience during a flight, which fortunately only ended in a big scare.
“My interest in learning more about aircraft and all aspects of it turned into a more serious ‘hobby’ and with the aim of ‘improving’ future commercial aircraft, designing concepts based on my personal studies of it and how it would be possible to get a viable design.
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“I don’t design concepts just to be beautiful or for a sci-fi experience, all projects are based on previous engineering studies with lots of accurate information so that the result is a realistic and viable concept.”
It comes after we unveiled the incredible concept design of the AeroCon Wingship, an extraordinary 3,000-passenger design for a massive Ekranoplan flying boat.
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9390956/inside-big-bird-supersonic-boeing/ Inside the BIG BIRD, a 1,150 mph supersonic double-decker nuclear aircraft that can carry 500 people and is larger than the Boeing 747