A large aircraft, called a SkyShip, is able to remain in flight while positioning itself to pick up passengers that are aboard small SkyLink trains, using maglev-style technology to match speed and motion, helping to solve the problem of congestion on airways and large airports.
Because The Horizon System uses a plane that is remotely controlled, it would become the largest drone ever conceived.
To begin, passengers would arrive at their local SkyStation where they would board a SkyLink pod, which resembles a passenger train, that would take them to the airport.
The SkyLink pods then congregate at the airport, where they begin hurtling down the runway in synchronicity with the approaching SkyShip.
The aircraft itself uses maglev rails beneath its wings to sail along the airstrip, releasing outgoing pods for arrival while simultaneously scooping up the departure pods – all without landing.
Each pod is equipped with battery packs on board, which are charged by the rails as it travels – these battery packs are the source of power for the aircraft while in flight. Released cars begin recharging as soon as they come in contact with the transit rails.
Because the aircraft is operated remotely, rather than having a cockpit, passengers are able to leave their individual pods and head to a lounge-type environment at the front of the plane.
Enveloped by glass, the space offers an unobstructed view of the world outside.
Sounds amazing, right? Check out the pitch video below, this is a concept developed by engineering students at the University of Glasgow, and they did a fantastic job.
Perhaps we could see a nuclear fusion version of this in the future?
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