Dubbed the ‘Bird of Prey’, the design seeks to highlight the UK’s high value design credentials, say Airbus.
The concept design is for a hybrid-electric, turbo-propeller aircraft, according to Airbus.
The aircraft won’t be built however, the aim of the project is to motivate the next generation of aeronautical engineers, according to Martin Aston, a senior manager at Airbus.
“Inspired by efficient mechanics of a bird, it has wing and tail structures that mimic those of a bird of prey, while featuring individually controlled feathers that provide active flight control,” reads a statement from the firm.
“Our ‘Bird of Prey’ is designed to be an inspiration to young people and create a ‘wow’ factor that will help them consider an exciting career in the crucially-important aerospace sector,” Aston said in the statement. We know from our work on the A350 XWB passenger jet that through biomimicry, nature has some of the best lessons we can learn about design. Who can’t help but be inspired by such a creation?”, said Aston in a release.
It is speculated that the aircraft would be capable of carrying up to 80 passengers and would burn 30%-50% less fuel than comparable aircraft in operation today. It would however also burn your eyes, if you looked directly at it.