After mesmerizing us with his ‘Flying Yacht’ and ‘Sailing aircraft’, here comes Yelken Octuri yet again. This time the air bus interior designer has come up with something that seems an inspiration from sci-fi fiction: the Honeymoon space shuttle concept. The concept has been designed for the people who want a Space Shuttle for a weightless honeymoon in space.
Applying modern materials and manufacturing methods to the antiquated 19th century technology of airships, designer James Yarger has developed an airship concept dubbed the “Ground to Orbit” (GTO) that makes use of lighter than air (LTA) gas for easy lift and better performance on stretched expeditions, while leaving about 80% less carbon footprint in comparison to any similar sized aircraft. Featuring a body finished in lightweight fabric/objects, the new airship doesn’t need a runway, which makes it a very practical means of delivery and pickup of cargo and passengers from remote locations around the world. Presenting an aerodynamic design to ensure better speed and performance, the GTO offers a safe and sustainable flight than any passenger jet.
Steve Fossett has passed away but his dream survived in the hands of his friend Graham Hawkes who recently completed the mammoth task that Steve had started but unfortunately could not complete. Steve was working to create a machine that would fly as well as dive- a flying submersible!
The deisgn was supposed to reach a depth of some 36,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. Graham Hawkes has created history by completing “Deep Flight Challenger”, which is a 3-in-1 mix of a spacecraft, an airplane and a submarine.
For the adventurous journeys beyond the blue sky, there is a stiff competition going on between the space tourism companies. While the well-heeled have already spent a whopping $200,000 per ticket for 2.5-hour flight aboard Sir Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo, other firms are also battling out to take you on an amazing journey to the edge of space as soon as possible. Now, a team of British rocketeers, Starchaser boss Steve Bennett and astronaut Matt Shrewbridge, plan to take you into the space by 2015.
Exploring space travel with a laser technology, a student group at the Umea Insitute of Design have created a fictive space liner called Aurora Spacelines for top dog honchos who think that time is money. Planned for a space business travel age, the Aurora has been envisioned to take the big guns on a whirlwind ride halfway across the globe in just 45 minutes! To facilitate that fast and brief ride, designers Niklas Palm, Metin Kaplan and Tae-Yeol Lim used laser technology invented by Dr Leik Myrabo at LightcraftTechnologies Inc.