A SUPERSONIC aircraft that promises to be the next generation of commercial travel could carry 300 passengers on ultra-luxury flights.
Designed by Oscar Viñals of Barcelona, Spain, the spaceship-like aircraft looks like something straight out of Star Wars.
Sky OV would not produce any emissions during its flights[/caption]
The plane, called Sky OV, could reach a top speed of Mach 1.5 – about 1,150 mph (1,850 km/h) – and run on electricity, with no cost to the environment.
Its state-of-the-art features include retractable wings and even a translucent ceiling.
Oscar told The Sun: “The design of this concept is a mix of future commercial and military projects based on new hull shapes, engines and construction materials.”
The Spaniard, who designs futuristic aircraft full-time, wanted to add his “personal vision” to more conventional aerospace aircraft concepts.
“There are so many things that make Sky OV unique,” he said.
“Its wingless engines, the translucent ceiling with quantum solar dots as part of its fuselage, or its ability to fold its wings.
“The aircraft is also quiet, faster than current commercial aircraft, completely environmentally friendly, emission-free and capable of flying very long distances.”
Oscar said he already has a military version of Sky OV in his designs – but it is still a long way from reality.
“Such conceptual projects require a large amount of funding and technology that today only exists in laboratories,” he explained.
The Sky OV is Oscar’s latest design as he developed a superjet that would surpass the legendary Concorde in speed and size.
Hyper Sting is a concept aircraft that could, in the near future, carry passengers from London to New York City in just 80 minutes.
The plane would fly at a speed of 2,486 miles per hour – twice as fast as the Concorde.
With a length of 328 feet and a wingspan of 168 feet, the aircraft is also almost twice as large.
The designer said that 170 passengers could enjoy the journey aboard the Hyper Sting.
“Concorde was a brilliant machine, a noble experiment, but it caused too many emissions in the environment, too much noise in our communities and was too expensive to run,” Oscar told The Sun.
“A new era of supersonic flight may be upon us, but there are challenges to overcome when it comes to flying faster than the speed of sound.
“Today there are several projects for a new era of supersonic flight from various private and public initiatives, some of which are in full swing and could become a real concept in a few years.”
Oscar added that the name Hyper Sting was influenced by the shape of the aircraft.
“The fuselage would be in the shape of a ‘large spike’ with a very sharp ‘nose’ that would function to control the forward airflow to redistribute it over the center section and wings,” he said.
In 2018, Oscar also designed the Magnavem superplane, which promises to cut flight time from London to New York in half.
The plane – called “Magnavem,” meaning “big bird” by its creator — would draw its power from a compact fusion reactor, using a process similar to that which keeps the sun burning.
To increase environmental friendliness, it would also have a CO2 purification system.
And due to its advanced internal technology, it could be charged very quickly at the destination.
After working on the plans for over a year, Oscar said his plane could carry about 500 passengers and once certain technologies become more widely available, it could be ready for production in 10 to 15 years.
“The response was consistently positive. I’m very happy with it,” he said.
“What I am most excited about is the opportunity to use a CFR (Compact Fusion Reactor) with the advantages of inexhaustible energy and large energy production.”
The superplane could reach a top speed of Mach 1.5 and carry up to 300 passengers[/caption]
Designer Oscar Viñals said he is already working on a military update for Sky OV[/caption]