The World's First Windowless Plane

An airplane or aeroplane (informally plane) is a powered, fixed-wing aircraft that is propelled forward by thrust from a jet engine or propeller. Airplanes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and wing configurations. The broad spectrum of uses for airplanes includes recreation, transportation of goods and people, military, and research. Most airplanes are flown by a pilot on board the aircraft, but some are designed to be remotely or computer-controlled.

Just for a short history, in 1799, Sir George Cayley set forth the concept of the modern airplane. He was building and flying models of fixed-wing aircraft in 1803, and he built a successful passenger-carrying glider in 1853. Between 1867 and 1896 the German pioneer of human aviation Otto Lilienthal developed heavier-than-air flight. The Wright brothers flights in 1903 are recognized as "the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight". Following WWI, aircraft technology continued to develop. Airplanes had a presence in all the major battles of World War II. The first jet aircraft was the German Heinkel He 178 in 1939. The first jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet, was introduced in 1952. The Boeing 707, the first widely successful commercial jet, was in commercial service for more than 50 years, from 1958 to 2010.

Now, as technology progresses, there’s a fairly interesting plane soon to be out in the market. Better not having fear of heights because this plane will surely hit a nerve!

The world's first windowless plane is all set to take off. You’ve read it right folks, a windowless plane! A British developer will soon test a windowless plane that allows passengers to see what's going on outside. Now that’s what you call adventure!

Every time you wish that you should be sitting on the window side, well, worry no more! You’ll see everything now even when you’re sitting on the aisle because the windows would be replaced by full-length screens allowing constant views of the sky and space outside.

Passengers would be able to switch the view on and off according to their preference, identify prominent sights by tapping the screen or just surf the internet. Yes, the windows are not made of glass but rather screens that would let you watch a movie or even surf the net.

Scientists and engineers at Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) called it "the windowless cabin with a view".
 "The days of glimpsing the world through a tiny plastic porthole when you fly are soon to be a thing of the past; future aircrafts will offer a crystal clear panoramic view without any windows at all. We are developing ultra-flexible, high-definition display technologies that could line the interior walls of cabins and display live footage from external cameras," according to them.

As well as surrounding passengers with a panoramic view of the skies, this interactive 'digital wallpaper' will allow travellers to personalize their environment providing options to adjust lighting or change the view. It could also be used as a multimedia device for in-flight entertainment. How exciting!

Using OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology, the thin, bendable and lightweight displays screens will blend with the fuselage and surfaces such as seatbacks optimizing space and reducing the weight of the aircraft.

Weight is a constant issue on any aircraft with over 80% of the fully laden weight being the aircraft itself along with its fuel. For every 1% reduction in weight the approximate fuel saving is 0.75%.

Passengers would be able to switch the view on and off according to their preference, identify prominent sights by tapping the screen or just surf the internet, in the windowless plane.

"If you save weight, you save fuel. And less fuel means less CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and lower operational cost. Windows currently require meticulous construction to ensure that their structure maintains cabin pressure and resists cracking at 35,000 feet. Fully integrated OLED technology is still in development across the globe," the scientists exclaims.

Simon Ogier, research and development manager at CPI, said, "Our role is to turn innovative technology concepts such as OLED displays into manufactured products."

Ready to see the world in another perspective? Soon, there will be innovations that will make us feel that we’re flying ourselves!


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