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The futuristic concept of having windowless planes may be frightening for some travelers, but what if you know that the windows will be replaced by full-length, high-definition screens allowing constant views of the world outside, cutting down both fuel consumption and airfares?

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This aviation idea: windowless airplanes, was first released months ago by a Paris-based design company as a suggestion, but lately, a UK company said it’s possible and we can make it ready within the next decade.

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The idea was based on technology used in mobile phones and televisions and hails from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), which is a U.K.-based cutting edge technology association. CPI hopes to be among the first to design a windowless aircraft in the near future.

The expected screens would be flexible ones and the travelers would be able to see what’s happening outside as the plan soars through the air. It will be also equipped with a menu of pre-recorded images which can be changed according to the will of the passenger. The passengers would be able to surf the internet as well.

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Quoting from Science Alert:

“Over 832 thousand litres of fuel are used and 700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide is released into the environment each year as a result of air travel. The aviation industry is constantly looking for ways to reduce the weight of aircraft, which would cut fuel consumption and airfares.”

As the aviation industry is constantly seeking for new methods to reduce aircraft’s weight, the researchers started to develop the windowless plane. So, it not freighting thing and it may seem, because the aim of using this technology – as the researchers said – is enhancing your plan! Adding theses OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) screens with protective coatings made to preserve the displays for its lifetime.

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According to the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI):

“80 percent of an airline’s weight is due to fuel and the plane itself, so removing the windows could save on running costs. For every 1% reduction in the weight of an aircraft, there is a saving in fuel of 0.75%.”

Furthermore, our environment would benefit from the accompanying reduction in CO2 emissions if the world starts using such plans.

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Dr. Jon Helliwell of the CPI talked about the new concept, explaining that the body of the aircraft needs to be strengthened if windows are going to keep being added to it. He told Shane Hickey from The Guardian:

“We had been speaking to people in aerospace and we understood that there was this need to take weight out of aircraft.

Follow the logical thought through. Let’s take all the windows out – that’s what they do in cargo aircraft – what are the passengers going to do? If you think about it, it’s only really the people that are sitting next to windows that will suffer.”

The expectations of the team went around the screen panels which will be reflecting whatever view of the outside the passenger wanted! It does even have the possibility to move in accordance with the direction of their eyes. The smart screens also use less energy and can be thinner than other displays such as LCD and plasma.

Dr. Helliwell reportedly added:

“We can make transistors that are flexible, but if we can make OLEDs that are flexible, that gives us a lot of potential in the market because we can print OLEDs on to packaging.”

The following video (posted online by CPI) will give you more information about the new incredible design:

This is a great example of how our creative minds can create amazing new technologies. It’s also important we focus this creativity on technologies that will better our overall world, restore harmony between us and our environment and end our need for fossil fuels.

 

Sources:

(1) Science Alert

(2) The Guardian

(3) Images Credits: Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

 


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