View Full Version : Airbus wants to build 'shipping container' cabins that detach from planes

27th Nov 2015, 09:41
Mmmmm ???? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/12019984/Airbus-wants-to-build-shipping-container-cabins-that-detach-from-planes.html)

27th Nov 2015, 09:47
it would be a sad to lose the acronym SLF in favour of a description such as "containerised warmware".

27th Nov 2015, 10:05
Seems like a very innovative idea. Assuming it is a concept for short haul aircraft(?) - is it feasible that airports will get on board and provide the infrastructure?

Great idea will be interesting to see how/if this develops.

27th Nov 2015, 10:24
My only reservation is that the cigar tube pressure vessel is almost the strongest (barring a sphere). We know the problems that early 747s had with fatigue on the flat sections of the upper deck. Also the loss of strength in the overall fuselage would surely require extra strengthening and therefore weight..
Seems like a speculative patent to me rather than a ner-future reality.

27th Nov 2015, 10:28
The Yanks tried that back in the 1950s. Was it Fairchild? A big weight penalty with all the required attachment points, but probably not as critical today with modern engines as it was with a couple of straining reciprocals.

The XC-120 Packplane https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_XC-120_Packplane

27th Nov 2015, 10:28
stick a couple of explosive bolts and parachutes on it and it could be jettisoned in case of emergency.

27th Nov 2015, 10:31
Never going to happen. Way too heavy with all the flight and pressure loads that have to be transferred for a marginal operational advantage.

bud leon
27th Nov 2015, 10:37
It also becomes dependent in airports having serviceable infrastructure. It's bad enough having to wait for airbridges now, I can just imagine how often people will be stuck in pods due to faulty equipment.