It doesn’t exactly look like an aviation revolution. Airbus’s newest aircraft design study glides through cloudless skies accompanied by celestial music — in an animated video. On a closer look it becomes evident though that the back of the fuselage doesn’t have any windows at all (see photo below). On top of the vertical stabilizer there is something sticking out that looks a bit like an antenna. These characteristics show that this indeed might be a breakthrough. “In the aft part of the aircraft, behind the pressure bulkhead of the cabin, the hydrogen tank is located, and the nozzle on top of the stabilizer serves to let off gas in the case of a leak,” explained Airbus Chief Technology Officer Grazia Vittadini at a recent presentation of the company’s first studies on hydrogen-powered airliners. The aim is ambitious: By 2035 Airbus wants to bring the world’s first emission-free passenger aircraft to market. Moving away from fossil fuels For this, the European manufacturer came up with three competing concepts, one of which shall become reality. Under strong pressure from politicians mostly in France and Germany, Airbus wants to be at the forefront of the transformation, accelerating aviation’s move away from fossil… Read full this story
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