HSP Magnavem, per gli amici "Big Bird", è il piano per lo sviluppo di un velivolo a prova d'usura che punta raggiungere i 1850 km orari (1.150 miglia orarie): consentirebbero ad un viaggio da Londra a New York di durare solo 3 ore. Un pizzico più lento del Concorde, ricordano i progettisti, ma senza i problemi di fondo del leggendario aereo supersonico anglo-francese messo da parte nel 2003.
Almost a cruise
L'enorme aereo, simile a una punta di freccia, è provvisto di due ponti: prima classe al piano di sopra e classe turistica al piano di sotto. E quando dico "prima classe" non scherzo. Niente lettini o posti soppalcati, qui parliamo di piccole suite private e perfino una spa. Senza contare l'incredibile vista grazie alle finestre "a soffitto" sopra i loro sedili.
In all, up to 500 people could comfortably fit into a heavier contraption than an Airbus A380 (the heaviest aircraft today).
An atomic plane, literally
In the intentions of the designers, this giant with wings, 70 meters long and weighing almost 270 tons, would have mini fusion reactors located under the passenger decks. They would power the four huge ramjet electric motors at the rear of the fuselage.
The latter would push Big Bird first to a height of over 15.000 meters, and then, through its dynamog jets, they would take it to supersonic speed.
The supersonic future of air travel
Given the scenarios that could soon make short-haul air travel obsolete (costs and pollution), the future of commercial flights could find a supersonic path. As mentioned, slower than a Concorde: but the Concorde failed, too noisy and expensive, with its few passengers.
A new category of roomy, affordable and quiet aircraft could be a breakthrough. Ambitious, but "possible" aircraft: the Magnavem designer, Oscar Vinals, he is sure of it. The concept of him, says, is based on reality: it is not a far-fetched render (sorry), but a project born from the analysis of data on the technologies available today.
The compact fusion reactor (CFR portable) to power the engines, the construction techniques, the economic sustainability of the project (360 tourist seats and 140 between business and first class): all studied in detail. At the moment, however, the “prudence” dictated by the historical moment has only approached institutions and universities to the project, and only for study purposes.
To be supersonic, it's a future that goes pretty slow.