In January, we reported on the intriguing Sky Whale proposal - a conceptual passenger airliner that combines existing and imminent technologies to create a best-case-scenario future aircraft. The Sky Whale design throws in everything from hybrid engines to solar panels to virtual-reality windows.
Whale-Like Plane Wants To Get Some Air
Now the creator of the Sky Whale, Barcelona-based designer Oscar Viñals, has cooked up an even bigger variation on the theme: The enormous GIGAbay cargo plane, a flying warehouse so large that it could fit two fuselage sections of an Airbus A350 passenger airliner within its storage bay.
It gets crazier: By using cutting edge ceramics, fibers and carbon nanotubes, the GIGAbay would be much more energy-efficient than smaller cargo planes, consuming less fuel while carrying more weight. Hybrid electric engines would mean fewer hazardous emissions and less noise.
Add to all this onboard alternative energy systems - solar and wind units plus hydrogen fuel cells - and the GIGAbay actually generates and stores its own power in-flight. When the flying behemoth lands, it can be morphed into a mobile power station, water treatment plant or even a three-story, self-sustaining hospital.