That looks like fun - until people realize how cold it gets and what kind of sunburn they will get…and don’t forget radiation. I still wanna go though.
One would hope the designers took all that into account:
- Double (or even triple) panes will keep the temp exchange down so that heated air from the cabin will be sufficient to keep the throned passengers comfortable.
- There are plenty of coatings to help with UV protection which will protect against sunburn without impeding the view.
- While ionizing radiation is more prevalent at higher altitudes, cosmic “rays” are actually particles – highly energetic protons and alpha particles – which are stopped by very lightweight/thin masses. Even a “clear” acrylic window will provide a lot of protection from the 27 mrem of radiation present at flight altitudes over a 5 hour flight. This is about the same exposure you’d get on the ground over a year, not counting terrestrial radiation sources, (which you’re safe from up at 36,000 ft!), so there probably wouldn’t be much more risk than taking the flight in the first place.
I would think the biggest risk for this option is cost - that “little” bubble adds a lot of drag to that aircraft form, which translates directly to fuel cost. And just for the enjoyment of two passengers at a time? Don’t expect to see this on a common commercial liner anytime soon!
I love it when you talk nerdy.
…Or you could just put the bubble underneath the aircraft. It would probably more fun that way anyway, as there is more to see.
My fear of gravity would kill me!