Ixion Jet Concept

When the team at Technicon Design set out to develop a new concept for a business jet, they gathered at their studio just outside of Paris and started with a blank sheet of paper.

By the time they were finished, they had designed a jet that had no windows, as surprising as that may sound.

“The ethos of the project is simple, to challenge current thinking and propose something a little different, but not just a fantasy. It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion,” says Gareth Davies, design director for Technicon. Removing the windows from the cabin design enabled Technicon’s team to envision using existing or soon-to-be-available technology to cover the cabin’s walls and ceiling with flexible screens. The idea is to use external cameras to capture the outside views and project them onto the screens in real time. That’s one possibility, but virtually any type of scenery, from landscapes to views of outer space could be projected onto the walls and ceiling. And removing the windows offers the added benefits of reducing the weight of the aircraft and simplifying construction. Solar panels ingeniously power the low-voltage systems on board, and the IXION is also designed for taking care of business via in-flight video conferencing.

The IXION’s bold new design concept could very well make window seats a thing of the past.

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Karen Brost

Karen Brost is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based writer who has been covering travel, lifestyle and business topics for over 15 years. A former Midwesterner, she traded her snow shovel for sun screen and never looked back. Like most writers, she has an inquisitive mind and her work has taken her on such diverse adventures as hiking to an active volcano in Hawaii, exploring the wonders of Petra in Jordan, hot air ballooning over the Rio Grande, sailing on an America's Cup yacht and donning a chef's coat to flip eggs in the kitchen of a five-diamond resort. Karen is always on the lookout for interesting story ideas and one of the things she enjoys most as a writer is interviewing people who are passionate about what they do. Among her assignments as a contributing writer for Jetset Magazine, Karen covers luxury travel destinations and develops profiles of top level executives. For editorial consideration please contact [email protected](dot)com.

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