Written by Staff Writer
Brazilian designer Lucas Cuadrado is hoping to make waves when his high-tech aircraft concept — “Rocketing” — debuts at the ATE Milan Air Show in May.
“Rocketing” is comprised of a jet engine, large wing and aircraft body with a safety cage at the rear.
Shot through with razor-sharp edges that hover between razor-sharp edges, “Rocketing” is designed to inject a futuristic feel into the design of commercial airliners.
This is not the first time Cuadrado has tackled the “bullet” aeroplane concept. The 2009 “Bullet-Wasp” design was inspired by bullet train trains and comprises the same main unit.
“Bullet train design takes a very simple idea and expands it in order to have a modern commercial plane,” Cuadrado told CNN over the phone from the air show.
“Rocketing” propels using the jet engine mounted on top of the jet body. While the airframe as a whole is modular, one section may be much wider than the others.
The passenger jet is made out of titanium, and Cuadrado says it has the potential to be light as steel, at 10,000 kilograms.
“Bullet trains are not really about mass,” says Cuadrado. “It’s more about volume, so space is a key component.”
Revealing the back of the plane’s body
Apart from its futuristic look, “Rocketing” also stands out for its transparency, and Cuadrado says this was his idea after the plane’s e-injection system ruptured a passenger during a flight, infamously in 2009.
The FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) prohibits airlines from carrying passengers exposed to brake blasts of more than 17G, which is a combination of accelerations and decelerations up to 18 times the force of gravity.
“When the windshield blow blew, we realized that if this plane were to be used, that passenger would have been very lucky.”
The contraption is inspired by bullet trains
Speaking on background, the engineer says it’s more of a wake, “like a steam boiler” with a safety cage that pulls the plane underneath to the ground.
“When the air and engine are fired, the rest of the side unit has a shield that pulls in the fighter for it to land safely,” he said.
The idea has grabbed the attention of Boeing and Airbus, Cuadrado says, although it is too early to talk about an aircraft from their airframers.
“Both [airframers] are very interested in the concept, but they are not ready to make a model, as they are very busy with their own product lineup.”
Hot on the heels of the Airbus A220, at the Milan Air Show, a first variant of the plane, known as the A220-100, was also unveiled.
Crescent Falcon Embraer e Trinitas, the Brazilian joint venture taking delivery of the Airbus A220-100, took the wraps off the aircraft on Tuesday.