If you took an Airbus A380, asked Al Gore to work on it and Michael Bay to show us the result, you might end up with the Sky Whale. Despite its large capacity, this conceptual aircraft boasts sleek features that include a solar roof and an unusual engine system.
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Aviation enthusiast and Barcelona-based designer Oscar Viñals came up with the Sky Whale as a futuristic vision for greener air travel. According to his design description, he combined existing technology with concepts that don't exist yet in order to maximize performance while minimizing the environmental impact. His design could reduce both air and noise pollution.
Sky Whale would seat 755 passengers on three floors. For comparison, an A380 can be configured to seat 853. But most striking is Viñals' plan to power the aircraft. He calls for "a unique, hybrid turbo-electric propulsion system" consisting of four oversize electric-fuel engines that can each rotate up to 45 degrees for takeoff and landing. We're clearly not there yet, but Viñals anticipates significant advances in battery technology.