'Windowless Cockpit' Like Star Trek's Patent Applied For

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has filed for a U.S. Patent for a “windowless cockpit” design; that gets rid of the familiar glass windows at the front of the plane.


(Windowless cockpit patent diagram)

Instead, the pilot would see out of high-tech video screens complete with 3-D renderings of the outside, laser-formed holograms, and feeds from several on-board cameras. The viewscreen Sulu uses to pilot the Starship Enterprise could someday be on your plane to Phoenix.

In its patent application, Airbus lists several potential advantages to a windowless cockpit. For one, it’ll give their pilots a wider field of vision. Plus, getting rid of those front front windows could theoretically allow aircraft designers to put pilots anywhere on the plane.

Star Trek fans know that the windowless cockpit is the way to go, because sooner or later you'll be zipping through hyperspace and you'll need some sort of virtual view.


(Sulu pilots Enterprise - windowless cockpit)

Oh wait, you thought Sulu had a window?

I should also mention both the ersatz window and the psycho-lease encephalic gadget from Philip K. Dick's 1969 novel Galactic Pot-Healier. The first is the actual display like a window, but the second compels the brain of the view to believe that it is a real window!

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