4D light show tells the future of air travel

12 Sep 2012

Airbus have launched their new 'Future by Airbus' project by putting together a fantastic 4D light show in Berlin to show how air travel could look by 2050

A spectacular 4D projection light show transformed Berlin’s Humboldt-Box into a moving and pulsating canvas, to demonstrate the benefits of smarter flight in the future. The show, which launches the Future by Airbus Smarter Skies has created a vision of air travel to come in 2050, illustrating how smarter aircraft operations could cut travel times, reduce emissions and lead to fewer delays.

"Our light show unveils the significant benefits of combining smarter aircraft, smarter technology and smarter skies in 2050", said Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering at Airbus. “Our Smarter Skies vision is one where highly intelligent aircraft would be able to organise themselves and select the most efficient and environmentally friendly routes, making the best use of daily weather and atmospheric conditions. It is also one where aircraft might copy the best aspects of nature and fly like flocks of birds allowing them to travel more efficiently and lower their energy use."

Beginning with a single paper aeroplane launched from the balcony of the Humboldt-Box, a maze of 3D blocks depicts the barriers and obstacles created by current national air space boundaries. A map of the world scattered with pin points and bright pulsing lines of light highlights the world’s busiest routes. The show then took passengers forward in time to 2050 to demonstrate a world of flight where obstacles are removed, passenger travelling times are shortened, and where fuel use and emissions are reduced. The show closes with a fleet of Airbus concept planes flying in formation.

Charles Champion went on to say, "Our research for the Future by Airbus programme has shown that air passengers expect to fly more in the future, but they want to do so with fewer delays, less noise and more sustainably. The aviation industry has already committed to some of the toughest targets of any industry by pledging to cut aircraft emissions by 50% by 2050. Our Concept Plane has illustrated how aircraft design could contribute. Our Smarter Skies campaign, brought to life by this light display, demonstrates the future benefits that smart aircraft operations could bring if we work together as an industry to make them happen."

The Future by Airbus Smarter Skies vision consists of five concepts which could be implemented across all stages of an aircraft’s operation. It includes aircraft launched into a continuous 'eco-climb',, flying in formation using ‘express skyways’, ‘low noise’ glided approaches, low emission landing and ground operations and airports that grow their own alternative energy sources.

Airbus is a leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military airlifters, with over forty years of experience in the field. They have engaged with over 1.75 million people through airshows, events and online campaigns since 2010 as part of the ‘Future by Airbus’ – its vision of sustainable aviation by the year 2050


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