Designed by the CleanEra project, this green flying saucer is aimed to make air travel more sustainable by becoming an “ultra-eco-friendly” airplane.
Etnel Straatsma of Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, heads a team of aviation engineers in designing a plane of the future. A team of engineers on the project are looking into using lighter materials and returning to ideas of using propeller-driven planes (but somehow not increase flight time), thus driving down pollutants, noise and other recommendations made by the European Aerospace Commission, ACARE.
The main goal is to reduce carbon dioxide down to less than 50% of current airlines. There are many challenges to developing a new airplane model as modern airplanes are said to be maximally optimized and cannot keep up with the 5 percent growth that the airline industry experiences annually.
A low-cost British airline called easyJet has also revealed a design for short air flights, expected to emit 50 percent less carbon dioxide and be 25 percent quieter (photo below). This lightweight structure is probably more realistic and has an expected date of 2015 to be built.