The Panoramair is a twin deck hypersonic commercial aircraft concept that has the ability to fly between distant parts of the globe swiftly thereby reducing commercial flight times by many hours.
The Panoramair will offer panoramic views during the flight so passengers can have a front-row seat to watch as their plane takes-off and lands while also enjoying the spectacular scenery when it makes a brief incursion into space. Something which is not possible on standard commercial aircraft. The Panoramair may even have other applications related to spaceflight and its front facing panoramic windows will allow views unrivalled by its counterparts.
How It Works
The Panoramair has a blended wing body shape with one long leading edge. Passengers sit in a large theatre-like cabin; gone are the days of tube-and-wing planes with their long rows of cramped seats.
The Panoramair will use a novel propulsion system developed by Nasa called “Aerospike” in order to reach low earth orbit. The rocket injects liquid oxygen (LOX) into the gas exhaust channels. In mid-flight, at an altitude of 40 miles, at the very edge of black space, passengers would see earth’s curvature and experience weightlessness for one brief minute before heading back towards earth.
A lot of research is currently under way to develop engines that could one day power the Panoramair (or simpler, more conventional cigar shaped fuselage). One of those is The HAAS 2CA rocket engine being developed by Arca Aerospace. Another is the DASS GN1 and GNX motors developed by Canadian Space Engine Systems.
As for the front windows… They would definitely need to be equipped with automatic shutters to protect them from heat created by friction at supersonic speed. Another option would be to invent and develop a transparent material able to withstand the amount heat. The front-facing windows could also be refrigerated pressurized jets of air.
Intercontinental flights via traditional commercial aircraft are expensive, damaging to the environment and take many hours to complete the journey. The Panoramair would cut journey times significantly and offer a more environmentally friendly method of long-distance travel while still allowing passengers to witness Earth’s breathtaking scenery from a large panoramic window.
The Panoramair concept was imagined in September 2018 by Charles Bombardier and designed by Jorge Ciprian, an Industrial Designer from Argentina. Jorge graduated with a degree in design from the University of Buenos Aires, and he currently works as a freelance designer. Jorge also designed the Xubikoo concept car, animated by machine learning software.