Depending on how you think about it, the IXION Windowless Jet Concept either has no windows, or it has all the windows
What would it be like to not have to fight for a window seat ever again? Well with Technicon Design’s new Ixion private jet concept, they aim to replace the entire cabin with screens that display panoramic views of the environment around the airplane, creating an immersive experience like no other.
What’s better is the solar panels that power the screens, thereby, reducing the plane’s carbon footprint.
Other aircrafts are exploring similar ideas of transparent cabins. In 2012 at the Paris Air Show, Airbus presented an aircraft with an interior fuselage made of displays. And earlier this year, Boston engineering firm Spike Aerospace unveiled a windowless supersonic jet with displays.
Design director Gareth Davies explains the concept and process in a press release:
The ethos of the project is simple, to challenge current thinking, and propose something a little different, but not just a fantasy. It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion. I challenged the team to break out of conventional thinking with regards to a business jet exterior and interior. Whilst defining the concept sketches for the exterior, I asked the rest of the team to start thinking about interior concepts and what we could do differently.
We quickly settled on the controversial yet interesting idea of removing the windows from the cabin and using existing or very near future technology to display the exterior environment to the inside surfaces of the cabin via external cameras. Removing the windows allows for weight reduction, simplifies construction and opens up an enormous spectrum of possibilities for interior design. We wanted to couple this with amorphous solar panels which power the low voltage systems on board and thus offer a unique visual dynamic for the exterior.
Credible. Relevant. Sustainable. The future of aviation is going to be exciting.