Have you ever thought, ‘what would a vacation in the skies look like?’ No? Well, someone apparently because a video of a ‘flying hotel that never lands’ has now surfaced on the internet.
Released by Hashem Al-Ghaili, a well-known video producer who specialises in science and tech communication, the video unveils a flying hotel concept thought up by Tony Holmsten, a concept artist and illustrator.
Sky Cruise Hotel
If it ever takes off, Sky Cruise will be one of the most ambitious projects of the 21st century. The idea is to have a massive electric aircraft powered by a staggering 20 engines and nuclear energy relying on fusion reaction technology, a concept that is yet to become a workable reality.
Point in reference, the world’s largest aeroplane, the Antonov AN-225 has six turbofan engines.
Sky Cruise has been designed to be a floating mini-city in the sky, and would rarely ever come down to earth, thanks to the nuclear energy it plans to use. According to the video, maintenance and supply of goods and passengers would be done by other smaller electric or fuel-powered aircraft taking off from all over the world.
Sky cruise would have a “big hall that offers a 360-degree view of your surroundings; an entertainment deck … perfect for recreational activities [and featuring] shopping malls, sport centres, swimming pools, restaurants, bars, playgrounds for children, theatres and cinemas; a section for organising events and business meetings; wedding halls, and, viewing domes [where] guests can enjoy a wide range of activities including stargazing”
An AI-powered command deck will also ensure that guests are safe from turbulence, while a health facility with the latest medical technology will take care of all health issues that may arise in the course of your stay.
When will bookings commence?
For now, Sky Cruise Hotel is still a concept that does not seem to have even a workable prototype. The number of criticisms that have greeted it since it was revealed might be an indication of how long we might have to wait before it becomes a reality, and, given the fact that the nuclear fusion reaction technology is not yet available, it is safe to say that the ‘flying hotel that never lands’ may well be a project of the 22nd century.
But who knows? Commercial space travel is set to become mainstream and eVTOLs as well as flying taxis are looking like they may be a part of our reality soon. Who is to say that a floating sky hotel cannot happen in our time?
If floating in the air for an extended period of time suddenly sounds appealing to you, then be on the lookout: you just might get your dream well before you’re set to take up permanent residence in the skies.