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Innovation in Aeronautics by M Hirst, T Young

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Revolutionary ideas about the future of air transport

M. Hirst,     Independent consultant, UK

Abstract:

This chapter presents a selection of revolutionary ideas for air transport in the latter part of the twenty-first century. The concepts look beyond the evolutionary developments of the current air transport system, by responding to defined forces for change that are evident today – such as climate change, hydrocarbon fuel shortages, communication systems in society, and large-scale demographic shifts. Drawing on scenarios for future air transportation demands and new technologies that may be available, innovative concepts that respond to change are outlined.

Key words

systemic process

technological change

aircraft concepts

fuel sources ...

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