Airbus dreams of a zero-emission, hydrogen-powered aircraft.
Airbus, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, wants to build the world's first zero-emission aircraft and provide hydrogen propulsion.
The Airbus ZEROe program puts hydrogen at the center of future commercial aircraft, which could enter commercial service as early as 2035.
Airbus presented 3 types of broken planes from SF movies: Turbofan, turbopropeller and Blended-Wing Body (BWB).
At first glance, the three "concept" aircraft offer little more than a sense of already seen . One looks remarkably similar to a classic commercial aircraft (A350), except for the longer and more flexible wings.
One looks like a six-bladed propeller-driven airliner. And the third is a "Blended-Wing Body (BWB)", a revolutionary design which in the last year has come to the attention of engineers.
But on closer inspection, the trio show a difference that changes the game compared to their predecessors: hydrogen propulsion.
That is indeed the goal. Airbus recently announced its ambition to develop the world's first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. And hydrogen will play a key role. According to internal calculations, Airbus estimates that hydrogen has the potential to reduce CO2 with up to 50% in aviation.
If hydrogen technology is advancing at the expected rate, zero-emission Airbus commercial aircraft are expected to leave the assembly line and enter operational service by 2035.
What do you think? Are Airbus plans feasible?