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Airbus unveils passenger aircraft of the future, similar to a ship from Star Wars

European Airbus is considered one ofthe largest aircraft manufacturer in the world and makes a great contribution to aviation development. As you know, aviation technology strongly pollutes the air, so many companies are developing aircraft with electric engines. In 2019, Airbus has already proved that electric motors can be installed on small aircraft, but it’s still very difficult to equip passenger liners with them. However, it is also possible to reduce emissions by reducing fuel consumption, which Airbus is engaged in as part of the Maveric project. As part of the Singapore air show, the manufacturer introduced a demonstration model of a passenger aircraft, which not only consumes less energy, but also provides people with greater comfort. The manufacturer achieved this by making the aircraft body more streamlined.

New Airbus compared to a conventional airliner

Journalists of the American edition of Bloombergbelieve that the new Airbus is very much like a Star Wars spaceship. The novelty is really very different from today's passenger aircraft, because there is no sharp transition between its body and wings. On the contrary, it is very smooth and the fuselage and wings are one. Such a design scheme is known as the Blended wing body (BWB), but is referred to in the Russian technical literature as a “mixed wing” or “carrying fuselage”.

Many manufacturers were thinking about developing this kind of aircraft, and the Dutch company even showed the Flying-V wing aircraft project

Passenger Airplane of the Future by Airbus

At the Singapore air show was only shownprototype aircraft with a 2-meter length and a 3.2-meter wingspan. His tests began in June 2019 and will last at least until the beginning of the summer of 2020. The final version of the aircraft will be much larger, and passengers flying in it will be able to land not only in the middle of the cabin, but literally inside the wings themselves. Engineers believe that due to the increase in the area of ​​salons, passengers will be able to sit on chairs as convenient as possible. Only now there is a possibility that people sitting in the area of ​​the wings will be severely rocked. How the company will solve this problem is not yet clear.

Airbus Maveric Airplane

In the photographs you can see that the prototype has no portholes. So it may well be that instead of them, the company will put displays in the cabin to display everything that happens overboard.

Airbus Maveric test photo

Looking to the future, the developers of the aircraft believethat the new form of the aircraft will make it easier to improve it. For example, a company will be able to test new types of propulsion systems and change the interior so that passengers are as comfortable as possible. In general, it’s high time for the existing equipment today to change the hulls and salons, which is currently happening slowly. In 2019, even the Russian Railways company showed new coupe cars with showers, safes and a kitchen.

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When exactly the final version of the Airbus Maveric passenger aircraft will be created is still unknown. But it may well be that in ten years we will be flying on such aircraft.