The aircraft of the future will be modular: here is Transpose. Photo and video

The project, which exploits the rail mechanism of cargo aircraft, foresees the realization of interchangeable internal sections. So it will be possible to create modular planes soon

Recently the modular concept has become fashionable, that is the possibility to build an object by changing at will and with ease some of its parts without upsetting its operation. This is especially true for smartphones.

An idea that Airbus would like to "import" also in its own sector. The large European aircraft manufacturer is ready to develop Transpose, the first modular aircraft. An ambitious project that aims, according to the company, to make interchangeable interior sections. Seats, bars and restaurants would, in fact, be built using this concept. If an aircraft has to make a long-distance flight, for example, it is very likely that the spaces will be mainly occupied by the sleeping compartments. Seats and beds could then make room for new modules. And always on the same plane.

The new modular planes? The old cargo planes

To hear some representatives of the company, the project would not require new structures. The idea behind Transpose is to take advantage of existing aircraft. To think of completely rebuilding the aircraft would, in fact, be so complicated that it would risk compromising the birth and development of the modular concept. To begin with, large transport aircraft could be used. The operating principle of Transpose is very similar, in fact, to the rail loading and unloading mechanism of cargo aircraft. Instead of containers, Airbus would like to load modular sections. According to the manufacturer, each section will be able to be removed and changed in less than an hour. In addition, the modules will be built in compliance with all safety regulations.

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Costs accessible to all thanks to sponsorships

Airbus has also found a way to amortize the cost of the project. If the idea were really realized, the costs would be very high. This would undoubtedly fall back on the passengers, forced to pay a higher ticket price. The European manufacturer could resort to sponsorships to reduce the "fixed costs" or entrust the management of the modules to external companies. The coffee shop could be, for example, assigned to Starbucks.

Development time of the modular aircraft

At this point a possible question could be: how long will it take to make a modular Airbus? It would seem little, at most a couple of years. The project, in fact, would already be in the testing phase.

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