Innovation is the life of Aerospace
Airbus has filed a lot of Patents
Scorecard of these new ideas
The Aerospace Industry depends heavily on research to refresh its technology— faster, more environmentally friendly, more passenger friendly, safer, more efficient, etc. The Wright Brothers patent set a pattern which almost every subsequent inventor would follow.
The aviation in Toulouse, France has filled a plethora of patents, a phenomena noticed as one scrolls through many, many Google aviation searches (~ 300 @ day). So the following article seems to be good content for the Journal; here it is:
From obesity seats to supersonic jets Airbus is always looking at the next big invention
Aerospace giant Airbus is a true innovator – always looking for the next idea that will ensure a successful future.
This sees them submit dozens of patents every year as the innovation team explore ways to improve air travel in the future.
They have included strange and interesting ideas – and some badly drawn sketches.
Here we look at some the amazing ideas put forward by their innovation team and the not so incredible drawings.
The design will mean the bench can also be used as three seats
Airbus submitted a patent in 2016 for a new seating plan that could help airlines cope with the growing number of obese passengers.
The Airbus patent for a “Re-Configurable Passenger Bench Seat” would see planes able to accommodate all shapes and sizes with adjustable chairs and seatbelts.
The obesity crisis is currently a hot topic in the flight industry, with some smaller airlines charging passengers by their weight and others adding larger seats.
As these unusual drawings submitted with the US Patent and Trademark Office show the ‘bench seat’ could comfortably fit two “overweight passengers” with an armrest between them.
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Alternatively an airline could place three more slender passengers in the same space or even a whole family with mum, dad and two kids filling the seats.
It could help airlines deal with an increasing number of larger passengers taking to the skies and also reduce prices for families who currently have to pay for a full price seat once kids are over two-years-old.
Progress: No signs yet that these are close to launch on any flights soon.
In 2016 Airbus submitted its latest patent for a supersonic jet which can fly at 5,500km per hour and travel from London to New York in an hour.
The patent has been filed in the US for the supersonic jet with a rocket engine which would travel at 4.5 times the speed of sound.
Airbus believes the jet would take just three hours to fly from Paris to San Francisco or Tokyo to Los Angeles.
They say it would travel twice the speed of Concorde and have a cruising altitude 20km higher than conventional aircraft.
Progress: Airbus has a partnership with the Nevada-based Aerion Corporation that, it hopes, will one day bear supersonic fruit.
United States Patent Airbus – Method of Boarding and Unloading Passengers of an Aircraft
Airbus secured a patent for ‘detachable cabins’ where passengers can be boarded and in their seats before their plane even lands.
The aerospace giant has been seeking ways to reduce turnaround times at airports and may have found an interesting solution.
Under the plan submitted with the United States Patent and Trademark Office passengers would be loaded into a detachable cabin before their aircraft even reaches the airport.
This means they can find their seats and settle down for the trip ahead while the cabin is still sat in the terminal building.
Once the plane lands the passengers already in the aircraft will have their cabin lifted off the jet and placed in the terminal.
Progress: Don’t expect to be dropped into your plane anytime soon.
Plane flights could get even more cramped if a proposed seating arrangement from Airbus moves forwards.
The aerospace manufacturer has reportedly filed a patent for a dramatic, split-level cabin that could see customers stacked on top of each other.
According to the designers, the higher seats would be able to recline into a lying-down position.
There would be stairs or a ladder for passengers to climb up to the higher level.Airbus delivers world first widebody with cabin that claims to reduce jet lag
It would also mean Airbus could fit even more passengers into a wide-body plane which currently seats six people in a line across the aircraft.
Progress: No sign yet of stacked seating but sleeping bunks are under consideration. Airbus has partnered with Zodiac Aerospace to look at turning cargo holds into bunk bed sleeping compartments on flights.
Airbus has unveiled its latest invention that could change of face of flying – foldable wings on its giant planes.
This idea has been put forward to deal with the trend for increasingly larger aircraft and the subsequent need for correspondingly large wing spans
As the maximum aircraft wing span is limited by airport operating rules and gate sizes when planes are moving at ground level around airports this has been put forward as a possible solution.
Progress: The industry is pushing on with this idea. The first Boeing 777X aircraft is set for debut test flight in 2019, it comes with foldable wing tips.
Airbus ‘doughnut’ patent
Airbus, the company which created the stubby cigar-shaped Airbus A380 superjumbo, has came up with an even more radical blueprint for the future in 2014.
The design, submitted to the European Patent Office, has an air of the 1950s science fiction film about it.
This aircraft, should it ever be built, would not have a pair of wings, tail and conventional fuselage
Instead the wings sweep back from the nose and encompass both the fuselage and tale.
Inside the aircraft the passenger cabin is circular with a hole in the middle looking like a fat polo mint or a ring doughnut.
Even with this unconventional shape, it remains possible to cater for three classes of passenger, with economy and premium economy travellers in the outer ring and business class in the inner circle.
Progress: The only flying doughnuts currently on offer remain on the trolley cart.
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