Windowless Airplanes for Panoramic Views and Lean Production Requirements

The IXION Windowless Jet Concept would give passengers 360-degree views.
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The IXION Windowless Jet Concept would give passengers 360-degree views.

A concept design from Paris-based Technicon Design would give airplane passengers hi-res panoramic views of the sky they are flying through, Discovery News reports. Called the IXION Windowless Jet, the concept would provide 360-degree views thanks to cameras mounted on the plane's exterior. These images would then be projected on hi-res screens in the interior cabin's walls and ceilings. Any view can be projected on the screen, such as views of a rainforest or Grand Canyon, depending on the flight's destination. 

The screens would be powered by solar panels on the plane's exterior. Additionally, removing windows helps to reduce materials and costs associated with manufacturing the plane, while also helping to reduce the overall weight. It also gives the interior more flexibility in terms of design. 

“The ethos of the project is simple, to challenge current thinking, and propose something a little different, but not just a fantasy. It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion,” said design director Gareth Davies. 

See more of the IXION in the video below. 

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