Future Flying VehiclesFlying vehicles of the future
Everybody is talking about flying cabs.
As well as ultrasonic and hyper-sonic flights. Technical areas in the economic press are full of prototype and project developments and innovative concepts for the future of mobile communications. However, when you look at the facts, it is difficult to ignore that the rate of change has generally accelerated in the field of transportation. Get on a plane. It' not that the sector is not innovative.
Airplanes today are safe, clean, quiet and continue to operate further than 50 years ago. Let us take a look at what is pushing the booming innovations in the three areas of short-, medium- and long-haul traffic. Accordingly, many of the most noticeable and progressive innovations can be found in city centers. Towns and cities have facilitated the development of new actors.
Following the taxi, other modes of transportation are now also being disturbed by new bus routes. Over Elevate is aiming to deploy flying taxi fleet (including "electric VTOLs ") in 2023 in towns such as LA and Dallas. Behind the coming "last mile" solution there are two essential factors.
However, as we last year reported on the subject of electrifying air traffic, the airline is also working flat out to upgrade battery power (and thus the grid). After all, it is undeniable that flying targets with rotor blades generate sound, and security considerations must be brought to the level where AI and sensors can guide us through the sky.
Within a 1,000 mile drive, the hybrids and electrical short-haul planes we talked about last year are likely to create a significant amount of capability in the near future - while being quieter, more fuel-efficient and more convenient for travelers. Whilst planes are quite optimised for 1,000 mile journeys, the transport of air travelers from home (or work) to airport and from airport to hotel can also be optimised.
There is a growing need for true door-to-door mobility, and this is where Hyperloop comes in to complement the multimodal transportation blend of the future. Start-up Boom has pre-ordered 20 of its 55-seater super-sonic jets from Japan Airlines. There are at least two more ultrasonic start-ups that hope to come onto the market soon.
Both Lockheed Martin and NASA are also working on ultrasound prototype "Low Boom" models. In order not to surpass it, Boeing presented a hypersound containing airliner design last week - an airliner that can achieve Mach 5. What drives the return of ultrasonic flying (and hypersound flying)? Of course, convergent technology such as additives and material contribute to the revival of interest as it points to the viability of 3D-printed light weight parts that can resist the extremes of hyper-sound or missile use.
A number of other technical breakthroughs also make it possible to build and maintain these airplanes. Already today, sector actors are using the BLOCCHAIN as a means of exchanging information on airplane parts across all actors in the value creation chains of the aviation and astronautics industries. In addition to Elon Musk (SpaceX, Hyperloop), Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin), Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit) and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (Stratolaunch systems), the company now also uses the services of well-known aviation and astronautics companies.
Old actors as well as start-ups benefit from the available resources. As they strive to adopt tomorrow's large-scale deployments of space technology technologies, new actors from the aviation and space industries are coming on board. For more than 100 years, big and small gamers have been able to unite and reach agreement on certain benchmarks.
Given important technology, regulation and security issues, consensual action is the way forward for the whole sector.