HSP Magnavem Advanced Concept Airplane
I thought "Magnavem" might mean "flying stingray" in Latin, which is what industrial designer Oscar Vinals' HSP Magnavem advanced concept airplane looks like to me. But "magna avem" really translates to "big bird." Big flat bird, I'd say. In fact, the overhead view of the plane makes it look like a spatchcocked chicken. Which is ironic because chickens can't fly. It should be call the HSP Magnaray.
Vinals based his HSP Magnavem design on Lockheed Martin's T4B concept airplane, which the company scrapped because its 23-foot diameter was too limiting, and, come to think of it, probably would have made it perform like a chicken in flight. Its girth, plus a 2,000-ton weight, were due to Lockheed's suggested Compact Fusion Reactor (CFR) power source. They believed they could build one small enough to fit on the back of a truck, but...they couldn't.
A CFR-portable would be able to power the HSP Magnavem's hybrid engines, electric airplane systems, and CO2 cleaner system, and charge its batteries. And according to Vinals we are only about 10 to 15 years away from condensing CFR size to one more viable for flight, thanks to materials such as graphene, superconductors, magnetic monopole devices, and new plasma's accelerator systems. If a feasible design is developed, a CFR-portable could power its airplane with zero emissions.
Additional nifty features of the funky-like-a-chicken HSP Magnavem include:
- The ability to take off and land over a runway distance of just 875 yards, or about a third of current standard runway lengths.
- A 500-passenger capacity over 2 Magnavem decks, including a Super Tourist class for 280 to 360 and a First Class and Business Class for 140. The former would offer a human amount of leg room and personal space for travelers, unlike coach class offerings by any of the SOB US airlines we currently have the extreme displeasure of choosing from. And the latter - private suites and bathrooms, a spa, VR, tintable glass ceilings, etc. Whatever, rich people.
- A proposed flight speed of mach 1.5, or 1,150 MPH.