A glimpse of the ‘Aircrafts Of The Future’, recently revealed Airbus’ biomimicry concept eagle-like aircraft will leave you spellbound.
Heads Up! Airbus Bird of Prey – It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s both!
- Features and Design of the Bird of Prey
- The Concept – Optimistic Reality through Biomimicry
- Airbus mission to inspire young aviators and engineers
Airbus’ conceptual glimpse into the future of commercial aviation has left all and sundry utterly speechless. Unveiled recently at the Royal International Air Tattoo air show in the UK, Airbus designed the bird-like concept airliner. Consequently, it aims to encourage next-gen aeronautical engineers to break barriers.
The concept highlights how the hybrid-electric propulsion technology coupled with other techniques R&D-ed by the airline major like active control systems and advanced composite structures can do for the future of commercial aviation.
Features and Design of the Bird of Prey
Titled ‘Bird of Prey’, the futuristic aircraft is a hybrid-electric, turbo-propeller aircraft. However, if made into something similar to the concept, the aeroplane will target the regional aircraft market.
So, the aerodynamics of a bird inspire the design which depends on efficiency. The Airbus Bird of Prey resembles a bird (we think an albatross) with both wings and tail mimicking the bird of prey. Furthermore, the aircraft features individually controlled feathers providing active flight control.
The design emphasizes the current priority of the global aviation industry to make more sustainable aircraft that are cleaner, greener and also quieter with zero carbon footprint. Furthermore, the Airbus engineering team took cue from the biomimicry that the company successfully practised on the A350 XWB passenger jet.
As per Airbus, “nature has some of the best lessons we can learn about design.”
The Bird-like Aircraft
In fact, as per the aeroplane major, the Airbus “Bird of Prey” is “not intended to represent an actual aircraft”. However, its design is based on realistic ideas and the final concept offers vivid insight into what the future of the regional commercial aviation would look like.
The Bird of Prey has a ‘blended wing-to-fuselage joint’. It is inspired from and also mimics the grace and aerodynamics of an eagle or a falcon. Moreover, the design is by far the biggest breakthrough in aviation biomimicry. Biomimicry means that “design and production of materials, structures and systems are inspired by nature.”
Aimed as inspiration for young aviators to innovate
Martin Aston, a senior manager at Airbus explains that the ‘Bird of Prey’ design aims to inspire young professionals. It also attracts them to take up a career in the vital aerospace sector. So, Aston continued, “One of the priorities for the entire industry is how to make aviation more sustainable – making flying cleaner, greener and quieter than ever before.”
Airbus showcased the Bird of Prey concept on the 50th anniversary of the company as an aircraft manufacturer.
The Airbus eagle-like aircraft of the future conceptual design is also backed by the GREAT Britain campaign, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Air League, the Institution of Engineering and the Technology and Aerospace Technology Institute.