How Airbus Lights up Berlin’s Humboldt-Box

Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus lights up Berlin’s Humboldt-Box with its vision of the future of flight in 2050. The lightshow launches Airbus Smarter Skies campaign ahead of ILA (ILA Berlin Air Show), scheduled for Sept. 11 – 16, 2012.

A spectacular 4D projection light show transformed Berlin’s Humboldt-Box into a moving and pulsating canvas to demonstrate the benefits of smarter flight in the future.

The show, which launches the Future by Airbus Smarter Skies vision of air travel in 2050 and beyond, illustrates in a unique perspective how smarter aircraft operations could cut travel times, reduce emissions and lead to fewer delays.

Airbus has revealed its vision of “Concept Planes” that will flock along ‘express skyways’ to cut time and emissions. (Read: Airbus Reveals the Future of Flight in Smarter Skies)

“Our light show unveils the significant benefits of combining smarter aircraft, smarter technology and smarter skies in 2050″, says Charles Champion, executive VP Engineering at Airbus.

Beginning with a single paper aeroplane launched from the balcony of the Humboldt-Box, a maze of 3D blocks depicts the barriers and obstacles created by current national air space boundaries.

A map of the world scattered with pin points and bright pulsing lines of light highlights the world’s busiest routes. The show then takes passengers forward in time to 2050 to demonstrate a world of flight where obstacles are removed, passenger travelling times are shortened, and where fuel use and emissions are reduced.

The show closes with a fleet of Airbus concept planes flying in formation.

The Future by Airbus Smarter Skies vision consists of five concepts which could be implemented across all stages of an aircraft’s operation.

It includes aircraft launched into a continuous ‘eco-climb’, flying in formation using ‘express skyways’, ‘low noise’ glided approaches, low emission landing and ground operations and airports that grow their own alternative energy sources.

Photo courtesy: Airbus

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